Like most in the software development world, I'm allergic to the mouse, but there are times when no keyboard shortcut is available. I'm willing to jump through a lot of hoops for my keyboard shortcuts. As an example, I'll show you how I configured OSX so that I can see my prior locations in a browser back button with a keyboard shortcut (in this case, Ctrl+Cmd+Z). Chromium open issue 328709 requests this functionality.
First off, you need a tool which can move your mouse programmatically. There are a few tools which will do that, but the two main ones I encountered were
xdotool for the ancient Unix/Linux X Window System and
cliclick for OSX. After fiddling with xdotool, I settled on
Using OSX's Automator, you can do a lot of cool things. I'm no expert with Automator and find it incredibly confusing, but I stumbled around into
Utilities -> Run Shell Script and created a .workflow 'service' file saved at
This will now show up at
System Preferences->Keyboard->Shortcuts->Services, where I mapped it to Cmd+Ctrl+Z.
Whew. And yet that's not the end of the story, as
cliclick did not do a right-click. So I installed BetterTouchTool (view
homebrew cask, of course) and mapped the key which
cliclick triggered to right-click. I hit Cmd+Ctrl+Z at least a few times per day (sometimes dozens) and it saves me about a couple seconds versus the alternative, so I feel it was worth the set up time.
<img src="http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/is_it_worth_the_time.png"/ style="width: 500px; margin: 0 auto; display: block">
I foolishly experimented bash's bind for binding a key to cliclick, but of course that wasn't available outside of the terminal. I also played around with Karabiner (KeyMapRemap4MacBook) ↩︎