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Google Reader J-walking & Keyborad shortcuts

Google Reader is well-known for its keyboard shortcuts.The “j” key (which takes you to the next item) is perhaps the most well-known keyboard shortcut. However, there are many more keys to press, and I was curious to see just how much they were tapped in Google Reader. A quick analysis later, I came up with a simple top-10 list, and I thought it would be fun to share. The units here are “milli-Js”, where 1,000 milli-Js are equivalent to all the presses “j” received.[Google Reader Blog]

jnext item1,000.00 milli-Js
nitem scan down324.18 milli-Js
kprevious item139.49 milli-Js
mmark as read/unread43.91 milli-Js
ttag item37.48 milli-Js
pitem scan up31.30 milli-Js
shift-nnext subscription23.09 milli-Js
vview original17.98 milli-Js
oexpand/collapse item16.81 milli-Js
sstar item15.45 milli-Js

Reader has more than the 10 shortcuts listed above — you can see them all in this list. Additionally, in some ways, the most important shortcut is not “j”, but “?” (that is, shift-/). It shows you a cheat-sheet of all the other shortcuts.

Here’s is the complete list:

j/kitem down/upselects the next/previous item in the list
space/shift-spacepage down/upmoves the page down/up
n/pscan down/upin list view, selects the next item without opening it
shift-n/pnavigation down/upselects the next/previous subscription or folder in the navigation
shift-xnavigation expand/collapseexpands or collapses a folder selected in the navigation
oopen/close itemin list view, expands or collapses the selected item
enteropen/close itemin list view, expands or collapses the selected item
shift-onavigation open subscriptionopens the subscription or folder currently selected in the navigation
Acting on Items
stoggle starstars or un-stars the selected item
shift-stoggle shareshares or un-shares the selected item
vview originalopens the original source for this article in a new window
ttag an itemopens the tagging field for the selected item
mmark as read/unreadswitches the read status of the selected item
shift-amark all as readmarks all items in the current view as read
eemail itemopens the email form to send an item to a friend
g then hgo to homegoes to the Google Reader homepage
g then ago to all itemsgoes to the “All items” view
g then sgo to starred itemsgoes to the “Starred items” view
g then shift-sgo to shared itemsgoes to the “Your shared items” view
g then ugo to subscriptionallows you to navigate to a subscription by entering the subscription name
g then tgo to tagallows you to navigate to a tag by entering the tag name
g then shift-tgo to trendsgoes to the “Trends” view
g then dgo to feed discoveryshows the recommendations page, or the browse page if there are no recommendations
rrefreshrefreshes the unread counts in the navigation
utoggle full screen modehides or shows the list of subscriptions
1expanded viewdisplays the subscription as expanded items
2list viewdisplays the subscription as a list of headlines
/searchmoves your cursor to the search box
aadd a subscriptionopens the “Add a subscription” box in the sidebar
?keyboard shortcuts helpdisplays a quick guide to all of Reader’s shortcuts

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