On a standard Windows keyboard I also pulled the left Winkey off a long time ago. However, with my Microsoft Natural Elite ergonomic keyboard (seen in the picture) certain keys are extended for ease of use. This makes pressing the Winkey during a game I am familiar with a non-issue. Not to mention the ease of typing, which I do a lot of, hehe.
WASD to move, 1-5 w/ shift for my DPS spells. Holy fire, SW:P, MF, etc. I have a macro bound to my mousewheel (mmb), so in combination with ctrl/shift/alt I have access to at least 6 more spells: Fade, PW:S (self, shift), levitate (ctrl), PS (ctrl+shift), shadowform (alt+shift), PoH (ctrl+alt). I then use Clique for all of my healing: GH on mouse 1, PW:S on mouse 2, renew on mouse 3, and GS on shift+m2, along with various permutations of ctrl/shift/alt to get dispel, flash heal, PoM, CoH, levitate, etc.On my rogue, I have a "branching" macro bound to mmb, so it changes which macro is pressed depending on if I'm in combat, stealthed, in combat and stealthed, etc. Makes great use of the /click command. I plan on extending this concept to my priest, to give me a different set of macros for whether I'm shadow or holy spec.I also have the \\ keys bound for frequent utility usage, things that don't need to be seen. don't function while flying.\\ is mounts: black bear (nomod), grand mammoth (shift), zebra(ctrl), and TLPD (alt)] is inner fire[ is fun stuff: Mind soothe (nomod), mind vision (shift), levitate (ctrl)
You can press the Alt with your thumb, allowing you to push everything you can with your left hand if you are a typist.
I find clicking to be suitable...once you're on target what else do you need to click on?
The shift key is actually how I switch between my bars. Like Shift + 2 takes me to the second hotbar. Kinda cool to see how others configure their keybindings, though.
I generally use Shift + 1-6 for changing hotbars, too. However, what I discovered was that for me I would find it more efficient to use mouse 4 and mouse 5 or the mouse wheel to do that. What about using the mouse to zoom in or out? I set up several preset camera angles beforehand. This can be done through through the Set camera angle key binding section in Options.
Speaking of keybinds:Is there anyone else that use ESDF for movement? I find that very handy when it comes to keybinds. By moving the movement scheme a button to the right opens up for more keybinds on the left, leaving more utility to the pinky and allows you to reach more buttons on the right. Afterall, the hand rests at the same keys as you would when you type in touch.And while we're at it, does someone remember where this scheme comes from? Must've been Gothic 2 or Morrowind, but I can't recall.
i dont know about you guys but i use my 11th finger
If you breathe hard enough on your keyboard you should be able to do even more key-combos.
It helps to get a mouse with a back and forward button.http://images.overstock.com/f/102/3117/8h/www.overstock.com/images/products/10439945.jpgI use the back button as auto-run, and the forward button as blink (however when gathering I tend to use the macro /dismount and /cast slowfall). I actually use the number pad, being a mouse mover i find it easiest. i doubt all classes can mouse move easily, but as a mage i find it very easy.
Tip: Swap your caps lock and control keys.Caps lock is a useless key, but it's sitting in prime real estate. If you use WASD your pinky naturally sits on caps lock. It's even easier to reach than shift. Why not make it do something useful?For windows this utility will do the trick. On a mac key remapping is supported in the standard system prefs.The idea of using your palm to press control makes me LOL.
I use my 4 button mouse + scroll button, and only a few keysFinger position’sA, W, D, S – 3 middle fingers for movingShift - Little fingerAlt – thumb Tab – targeting (move my little finger up)` 1 2 3 4 5 Z X - for my long cooldowns. ( ` the button left of the 1 key)Space (jump) – thumbMouse - 21 buttons all on the mouseLeft buttonRight buttonLeft side button Right side buttonMouse scroll upMouse scroll downMouse scroll clickAlt Left buttonAlt Right buttonAlt Left side buttonAlt Right side buttonAlt Mouse scroll upAlt Mouse scroll downAlt Mouse scroll clickShift Left buttonShift Right buttonShift Left side buttonShift Right side buttonShift Mouse scroll upShift Mouse scroll downShift Mouse scroll clickI think you can also use Alt+shift+mouse buttons, but I don’t as I have enoughI also use Ctrl + mouse scroll for zoom as ctrl is the hardest to reach and I don’t need to zoom much.Took me awhile to remember what I’ve linked them all to. BUT, My fingers hardly leave my movement keys which is vital in PVP as you should not be looking away from the screen.Oh, an if you have not done so yet, pop the windows key out :) nothing worse than going to windows while tanking a boss
WASD to move, number pad for most of my key abilities including tabbing and autorun. 1 - 6 for extra things like trinkets, things that need me to use the mouse like hurricane and treants for my druid. If there's more abilities for me to use I use the insert and delete row of keys for things like spell interrupts and divine shield, LoH on my pally. The arrow keys also generally get binded to things like raid targetting.Middle button on my mouse for mounting (+ CTRL for flying mount), button 4 and 5 usually for things like swapping tracking (herbs/nodes on my druid). This way just seems most natural for me, I can quite happily flip from mouse to number pad and know where I am, on some keyboards I make the 5 key rougher so I can find it easier, same with the W key if I use the 1-6 abilities a lot.
Why not just use SPACE as a key modifier. And map jump to a different key :D.Its way easier to reach than other key modifiers and your hand position stays the same.
Or you could just use your pinkie to press shift, alt, or control...
It probably would have been more helpful if I explained I use ASDF for movement instead of WADS, but even when using WADS it's easier--for me--to hit the CTRL key with my hand while pushing SHIFT with my pinkie. So there's a use for it regardless of your key setup. Of course, it depends on personal preference.
I've been using shift, alt, and control since I found out how to bind skills to keys. I use 1-7, q, e, f, z, and tilde for common bindings. Alt+whatever is used for pets, control+whatever are trap functions, and shift+whatever are other skills (MD, FD, Kill Shot, etc) that I have no room for on my bar and don't need to use readily.I also use alt+shift+1-3 for raptor strike, mongoose bite, and my disengage macro*. * - Disengage + Wing Clip