Note-taking without mouse

J. Vinson wrote a great piece about note-taking on paper.

“You might talk about X-Y-Z-A-B-C-Y, and I can lump the Y’s together by simply smashing some text into the margin. Or I can draw lines and arrows and conceptually group things with circles and squares.”

He hits the salient point when he observes that, on a computer, this can’t easily be done without “move from primarily keyboard to primarily mouse”. And this breaks the flow.

This is exactly the reason why my preferred (see #28) note-taking technique is not efficient enough for taking notes during oral conversations but only for excerpting literal artefacts (which is a pity since I learned yesterday that the oral side of the cultural divide is the more important one). When I use my slide creating program to be able to later connect the two Y’s, I can do almost everything with the keyboard, Insert > Textfield > Horizontal, but the “Y” can’t be typed unless I click somewhere.

Update 11.03.05:

In the meantime, I found out a circumvention: using the sequence

Esc   >  Strg+D  >  (Arrow keys)  >  F2

which escapes from text input, duplicates the current text box, repositions it using just the keyboard, and switches to text input again, such that the next character typed in will replace the marked duplicated text.

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