What Do The G-Keys On A Computer Keyboard Actually Do?
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The G-Keys on a keyboard are programmable switches that allow a multi-step task to be shortened into the single press of a button.
Also known as macro keys, these helpful features speed up workflow by reducing the amount of time spent on repetitive tasks.
With the ability to program multi-step commands to be instantly completed, repeated in real time, or incorporate delays, G Keys have become extremely popular in the gaming community, amongst productivity enthusiasts and those with sore wrists.
An almost infinite number of automations can be assigned to a G-key, with requests able to incorporate a combination of mouse movements, mouse scrolling, keyboard actions as well as delays.
I myself keep things fairly conservative with my own macros going for quick wins on productivity only. Here’s how I use my first three keys to save time on tasks I know I’ll have to complete either at the start, or end of each working day.
- G1 (‘The Every Morning Button’) = Open Outlook + Open Microsoft Teams + Open Chrome > Login into Podio
- G2 (‘The Website Start Up’)= Launch Chrome > Open WordPress Login Portal > Login into WordPress Dashboard
- G3 (‘The Timesheet’) = Open Google Drive > Open my timesheet in Google Sheets, enter today’s date into a new row and then move across to the adjacent cell ready for me to record tasks completed.
In reality there are unlimited combinations of tasks that can be programmed to a macro key (even ordering your favourite Pizza in combination with IFTTT applets), so start paying attention to your most frequently repeated actions and begin saving yourself minutes each day.