Friday, May 6, 2011

IntelliJ IDEA Keyboard Stickers

They finally arrived: IntelliJ IDEA keyboard stickers!

Inspired by the Vi Keyboard Stickers, I've been working with JetBrains over the last couple weeks to create keyboard stickers to remind users (and myself) of the most common IDE shortcuts. Here are the stickers applied to my keyboard:


Do you see the subliminal advertising? No really, my business card always sits by my monitor like that.

Anyway, the keys and modifiers are color coded. Blue is control, red underline is Shift. So then the F9 key has the word "Compile" with a blue background and a red underline, it means that Ctrl+Shift+F9 is the shortcut for Compile.


I had to trim a few of the stickers for my Swiss keyboard (the Shift key is much smaller for instance), but otherwise the stickers adhere well and don't come up. I hand wrote all the Shift-values for the numbers, so that I can remember that Shift-3 is the * character (again, good for non-US keyboards). Also, there are one or two stickers that may not apply to non-US keyboards (I can't type Shift+[ for instance).

Remember to be extra careful when applying the stickers. Overlapping on the upper edge tends to catch your fingers, so either center them exactly or err on the side of bottom edge overlaps. And one last errata: the sticker for space is labeled "Backspace". This was my fault, but you can take a pen and scratch out the work "back". Viola, fixed.

Would you like a copy of the stickers for yourself? I have a giant stack of them and so does JetBrains. Here are some ideas on getting them from me, based on location:
  • Near Switzerland? Come to a Hackergarten in Basel or just DM me (@HamletDRC)
  • Denmark? I'll be at GR8 Conf May 17th to 19th
  • Poland? I'll be at GeeCON in Krakow next week
  • In the US? I'll soon be in New York and Salt Lake City for No Fluff, Denver for ÜberConf, and Minneapolis for GR8 in the US
  • Spain? I'll be at Greach in Madrid in November
  • Anywhere else in Europe?
  • Invite me to give a talk at your company! I am happy to jump on a plane and visit almost* anywhere. I can do IntelliJ IDEA specific talks and training, as well as any of the Java, Groovy, or Agile talks listed here. Invite me, and I'll see what I can do.
* I am no longer legally able to visit Barneveld in the Netherlands.


Elazar Leibovich said...


Edvinas said...

Cool stickers.
But what happened in Netherlands?

Robert Szułczyński said...

WOW! Great idea. I'll be at GeeCON. Hope I can get one of those :)

johnrellis said...

Awesome :) nerd post of the day... no week! I need these now. Bring some to Ireland please..... I suppose I can buy you a nice stereotypical pint of Guinness but that is all :)

Veda said...

New Zealand?

Hamlet D'Arcy said...

We're going to try and find a way to sell them (at near-cost most likely). You should be able to buy them within the next few weeks/months.

In the meantime... if you paypal me US$5 to then I will put one in the mail for you.

Javin Paul said...

for those who love eclipse here are my Top 20 eclipse keyboard shortcuts

Stou said...

Make some for eclipse too =)

Sandeep said...

Great way to remember shortcuts.
Extreme Java

Kirill said...

About paypal you $5: I'm ready now. But can you send it to Russia?

Hamlet D'Arcy said...

I will send it anywhere. If $5 covers priority mail then you get it in a week. If not, then slow mail from switzerland is 3 weeks

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Unknown said...

Are these stickers applicable to users of MacOS?

Hamlet D'Arcy said...

The stickers mostly work for a Mac, but some of the shortcuts are different.

DeToN@ToR said...

Cool idea. It's a nice present idea for those who still work with Eclipse :)

How can I get the stickers if I located in Germany?

P.S. Do you know the best way to persuade Eclipse users to switch to IDEA? I'm sick of watching them struggling in Eclipse, but they are stubborn for some reason :) Maybe there are cool videos or a post which explains who you can do with IDEA and can't with Eclipse?

Peterdell said...

Great !!!

Once you touched IntelliJ IDEA there is no going back to Eclipse :D