In my long tenure at SlickEdit, I’ve learned a few tips and tricks about using SlickEdit. You think faster than you type.  Why?  The brain has no moving parts.  There may be other reasons too, I’m not a doctor.

I believe the biggest time saver that SlickEdit offers is reducing the number of keystrokes you have to type.  Because you think faster than you type.  So the less time you spend typing, the less likely you are to lose your train of thought.

So SlickEdit tip #743 is as follows: try binding Ctrl/Alt shortcut keys for cursor movement so you do not have to your hands off of the main part of the keyboard.  I suggest the following:

Keystroke SlickEdit Command
Ctrl+I cursor-up
Ctrl+J cursor-left
Ctrl+Shift+J prev-word
Ctrl+K cursor-down
Ctrl+L cursor-right
Ctrl+Shift+L next-word
Ctrl+N page-down
Ctrl+P page-up


Depending on what emulations you’ve tried in SlickEdit, you might recognize a few of these already.  It takes some getting used to, but since have I adapted to using these key bindings, I believe they have saved me a lot of time.  Let me know what you think.