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Offline Tigarion

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Poll: Do you use the left or right shift key?
« on: Tue, 12 May 2020, 08:55:45 »
I 've decided to take a poll on this subject. Do you use the left or right shift key more often?

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Re: Poll: Do you use the left or right shift key?
« Reply #1 on: Tue, 12 May 2020, 08:57:52 »
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Re: Poll: Do you use the left or right shift key?
« Reply #2 on: Tue, 12 May 2020, 09:04:09 »
Both - Depending on which character has to be written in capital.

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Re: Poll: Do you use the left or right shift key?
« Reply #3 on: Tue, 12 May 2020, 09:05:24 »
I use both, but I use the left shift more because the right hand has more things to do.
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Re: Poll: Do you use the left or right shift key?
« Reply #4 on: Tue, 12 May 2020, 09:11:39 »
I use the right shift key. I almost never use the left one, although it would probably make more sense for me to do so.

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Re: Poll: Do you use the left or right shift key?
« Reply #5 on: Tue, 12 May 2020, 09:14:25 »
Left exclusively.

On both keyboards and typewriters.

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Re: Poll: Do you use the left or right shift key?
« Reply #6 on: Tue, 12 May 2020, 09:31:48 »
Both.

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Re: Poll: Do you use the left or right shift key?
« Reply #7 on: Tue, 12 May 2020, 09:41:33 »
Both.

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Re: Poll: Do you use the left or right shift key?
« Reply #8 on: Tue, 12 May 2020, 09:49:28 »
On a Split keyboard, you'd use both,  on a Standard qwerty board you'd only use the LEFT shift,  Rightshift is too far away to be efficient.

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Re: Poll: Do you use the left or right shift key?
« Reply #9 on: Tue, 12 May 2020, 10:00:09 »
On a Split keyboard, you'd use both,  on a Standard qwerty board you'd only use the LEFT shift,  Rightshift is too far away to be efficient.

I haven't even thought of it that way. My fingers are pretty long, so distance doesn't factor in too much beyond however tiny amount of difference in time there may be in reaching.

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Re: Poll: Do you use the left or right shift key?
« Reply #10 on: Tue, 12 May 2020, 10:02:18 »
On a Split keyboard, you'd use both,  on a Standard qwerty board you'd only use the LEFT shift,  Rightshift is too far away to be efficient.

I haven't even thought of it that way. My fingers are pretty long, so distance doesn't factor in too much beyond however tiny amount of difference in time there may be in reaching.

The longer your fingers, the further the right shift is away from that finger.

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Re: Poll: Do you use the left or right shift key?
« Reply #11 on: Tue, 12 May 2020, 10:09:34 »
On a Split keyboard, you'd use both,  on a Standard qwerty board you'd only use the LEFT shift,  Rightshift is too far away to be efficient.

I haven't even thought of it that way. My fingers are pretty long, so distance doesn't factor in too much beyond however tiny amount of difference in time there may be in reaching.

The longer your fingers, the further the right shift is away from that finger.

From what position, and at what point of the finger? There's no difference in distance for the tip of the finger when resting on the home keys. With longer fingers, I can just reach further without difficulty.

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Re: Poll: Do you use the left or right shift key?
« Reply #12 on: Tue, 12 May 2020, 10:21:52 »
It does depend on the angle of attk.

In general it's far more efficient to appropriate either the  ; key or / key for right shift if you must use it.

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Re: Poll: Do you use the left or right shift key?
« Reply #13 on: Tue, 12 May 2020, 10:27:29 »
Both, probably right somewhat more often for capitalizing letters, but left much more often for Control-Shift or Control-Shift-Alt type combinations.
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Re: Poll: Do you use the left or right shift key?
« Reply #14 on: Tue, 12 May 2020, 10:59:20 »
I use caps lock instead

Offline Tigarion

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Re: Poll: Do you use the left or right shift key?
« Reply #15 on: Tue, 12 May 2020, 13:39:50 »
Thank you all for your responses!


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Re: Poll: Do you use the left or right shift key?
« Reply #17 on: Tue, 12 May 2020, 14:00:49 »
Both — as one is supposed to when touch-typing.

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Re: Poll: Do you use the left or right shift key?
« Reply #18 on: Tue, 12 May 2020, 15:10:44 »
I literally never use the right shift

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Re: Poll: Do you use the left or right shift key?
« Reply #19 on: Tue, 12 May 2020, 19:40:57 »
i don't use any right modifiers.
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Re: Poll: Do you use the left or right shift key?
« Reply #21 on: Wed, 13 May 2020, 07:40:54 »
Both — as one is supposed to when touch-typing.
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Re: Poll: Do you use the left or right shift key?
« Reply #22 on: Wed, 13 May 2020, 07:45:42 »
Mavis Beacon would be proud.

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Re: Poll: Do you use the left or right shift key?
« Reply #23 on: Wed, 13 May 2020, 07:59:32 »
To be fair, I never actually used Mavis, but I sold plenty of her. I learned to type, long before she came along, from a true typing teacher.  I’m sure I’ve perverted much of my teaching with my own preferences, by now. I think I’m also below 100wpm at this point.
But I’ve wondered about the “which shift key“ question many times, and usually conclude that I use both.


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Re: Poll: Do you use the left or right shift key?
« Reply #24 on: Wed, 13 May 2020, 08:16:28 »
To be fair, I never actually used Mavis, but I sold plenty of her. I learned to type, long before she came along, from a true typing teacher.  I’m sure I’ve perverted much of my teaching with my own preferences, by now. I think I’m also below 100wpm at this point.
But I’ve wondered about the “which shift key“ question many times, and usually conclude that I use both.

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Re: Poll: Do you use the left or right shift key?
« Reply #25 on: Wed, 13 May 2020, 08:21:26 »
I favor the left due to gaming habits.

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Re: Poll: Do you use the left or right shift key?
« Reply #26 on: Wed, 13 May 2020, 14:12:45 »
Both.
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Re: Poll: Do you use the left or right shift key?
« Reply #27 on: Wed, 13 May 2020, 17:24:12 »
I only use the right.


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Re: Poll: Do you use the left or right shift key?
« Reply #29 on: Wed, 13 May 2020, 17:47:20 »
Since a reasonable follow-up question would be about keyboard layouts and styles of shift keys, I will say that I have analyzed my shift key use (in previous shift threads here), and recognized how my fingers tend to work. (Note that I use conventional ANSI almost exclusively.)

I tend to strike the outside edges of the shift keys. For that reason, a short/split Left Shift does not particularly bother me since shift is to the outside, but a short/split Right Shift with shift on the inside drives me crazy.
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Re: Poll: Do you use the left or right shift key?
« Reply #30 on: Wed, 13 May 2020, 17:47:34 »
left exclusively because gaming habits but you should be using both depending on the letter for max efficiency, moreso the right shift if you're typing in english with QWERTY
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Re: Poll: Do you use the left or right shift key?
« Reply #31 on: Wed, 13 May 2020, 17:59:15 »
Since a reasonable follow-up question would be about keyboard layouts and styles of shift keys, I will say that I have analyzed my shift key use (in previous shift threads here), and recognized how my fingers tend to work. (Note that I use conventional ANSI almost exclusively.)

I tend to strike the outside edges of the shift keys. For that reason, a short/split Left Shift does not particularly bother me since shift is to the outside, but a short/split Right Shift with shift on the inside drives me crazy.

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Re: Poll: Do you use the left or right shift key?
« Reply #32 on: Wed, 13 May 2020, 20:01:18 »
I use the left.
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Re: Poll: Do you use the left or right shift key?
« Reply #33 on: Wed, 13 May 2020, 20:09:12 »
I only use the right.

this has to be a lie


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Re: Poll: Do you use the left or right shift key?
« Reply #35 on: Thu, 14 May 2020, 02:20:54 »
left exclusively, even on split keyboards. just grew up learning that way. when i was a kid my hands were too small to comfortably right shift and type fast so i would always use left. my pinky still can't comfortably reach right shift imo
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Re: Poll: Do you use the left or right shift key?
« Reply #36 on: Thu, 14 May 2020, 05:07:58 »
left exclusively, even on split keyboards. just grew up learning that way. when i was a kid my hands were too small to comfortably right shift and type fast so i would always use left. my pinky still can't comfortably reach right shift imo

Well on Split, it's actually quite convenient to use both.  ONLY on qwerty, left is better.

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Re: Poll: Do you use the left or right shift key?
« Reply #37 on: Thu, 14 May 2020, 09:45:10 »
I only use the right.

this has to be a lie

No it's real! Haha. I type with like 4 fingers doing a giver hand and my left hand has my pinky up by the tab key. My right hand always has it near the shift. I literally don't think I have ever used the left shift. Sincerely.

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Re: Poll: Do you use the left or right shift key?
« Reply #38 on: Thu, 14 May 2020, 09:53:49 »
I only use the right.

this has to be a lie

No it's real! Haha. I type with like 4 fingers doing a giver hand and my left hand has my pinky up by the tab key. My right hand always has it near the shift. I literally don't think I have ever used the left shift. Sincerely.

In normal typing, I don't use the left shift at all either. I can't imagine keeping my pinky up on tab though. I'm normally on the home row.

All I really use left shift for is hotkeys and gaming.

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Re: Poll: Do you use the left or right shift key?
« Reply #39 on: Thu, 14 May 2020, 15:16:52 »
Also I dont use the right mainly due to it being mapped as Up Arrow on my main keeb.

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Re: Poll: Do you use the left or right shift key?
« Reply #40 on: Fri, 15 May 2020, 00:27:56 »
depends, on iso i use both, on ansi i only use left because the enter key is too close in size and placement and i keep on pressing it instead. maybe it is because i learnt on iso keyboard and ansi is pretty new to me.
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Re: Poll: Do you use the left or right shift key?
« Reply #41 on: Fri, 15 May 2020, 18:57:49 »
I'm actually going to record a video of my typing right now so you guys can see, but I need a reason to hit the shift key. NASA. Holy cow. Multiple sentences.

That's the text I just typed in this video.


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Re: Poll: Do you use the left or right shift key?
« Reply #42 on: Fri, 15 May 2020, 19:00:53 »
the real strat is to split spacebar and use one of them as shift. thumb shift is superior by far. that being said, i use both left and right shift cuz i no longer have boards with split spacebars

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Re: Poll: Do you use the left or right shift key?
« Reply #43 on: Fri, 15 May 2020, 22:47:09 »
Mostly left-shift since I am a gamer, but I am learning how to type using both of the left and right shift for when I type. Overall, just learning how to touch-type properly.
It's tough since it's been hard-programmed in my mind to just go for left shift, both in games and in typing.



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Re: Poll: Do you use the left or right shift key?
« Reply #44 on: Sat, 16 May 2020, 05:23:46 »
Both...
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Re: Poll: Do you use the left or right shift key?
« Reply #45 on: Tue, 26 May 2020, 03:02:31 »
Both.