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CommandQ steps in to protect those of us with fat fingers. Its actions are simple: it blocks the Command-Q shortcut, displaying a bezel with a progress bar on screen. You have to keep holding the Command and Q keys until the progress bar reaches the end to quit an application. In the app’s preferences, you can set this time from a half-second to two seconds. You can also set your own Quit keystroke, which turns out to be necessary if you’re not using a QWERTY keyboard layout.
I would like to see the ability to also block Command-W shortcuts. I’ve recently been going back and forth between an Apple wired keyboard and their wireless Bluetooth model. Since I use a Dvorak keyboard layout, the position of the W key is slightly different on the two. I find myself pressing Command-W on the wireless keyboard when I mean to press Command-V, and this often happens when I’m using Safari and filling in a form; and, alas, the page closes.
If you find yourself accidentally quitting apps, you might want to try out CommandQ. It can save you a lot of hassle by giving you a simple safety net.
[Senior contributor Kirk McElhearn (Twitter: @mcelhearn) writes about more than just Macs on his blog Kirkville. Kirk is the author of Take Control of Scrivener 2.]
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