Use Hotkeys for Easy Navigation in BigTime

  • Jan 25,2018

You asked and we delivered. Use hotkeys for quick access and easy navigation within the task editor and resource allocation—our newest BigTime features.

In this post, we’ll share some common hotkeys you can use for each feature.

Task Editor

The task editor as a one-stop-shop for entering tasks and task-related information into BigTime. Here you can add tasks and subtasks. Then, create a budget, allocate hours, determine the due date and assign the task or subtask to a staffer.

Instead of clicking on each cell to add information, use these hotkeys:

Arrow keys (left, right, up, down) move your cursor across cells in all directions. Once you move to a new cell, the value in the new cell becomes highlighted so you can easily delete a value or enter a new one.

In the example below, we used the right arrow key to move from the budget to the hours column. Notice that “116” is highlighted, so we can now enter a new value.

Tab key moves your cursor across your screen horizontally.

Enter key moves your cursor vertically within a column.

ALT+Down arrow key opens a picklist—if you’re in a cell that uses a picklist, like “Type.” Then, you can use the arrow keys to move up and down the picklist.

Ctrl+End converts a task to a group. This means the task has a subtask beneath it.

Ctrl+Insert adds a new empty task below your cursor.

Resource Allocation

Companies use our resource allocation feature when they’re managing multiple projects and staffers. This tool helps you plan for future work, stay organized, and hit deadlines within budget.

When you start out using resource allocation, you’ll enter information about your staff and project into the resource allocation editor. Use hotkeys to expedite the process.

Use these hotkeys:

Arrow keys (left, right, up, down) move your cursor among the cells in the allocation editor. If you move to a cell with a number in it, the value will become highlighted in blue so you can easily delete or update it.

Enter key moves your cursor vertically within a column.

Tab moves your cursor across cells in the same row.

Alt + down arrow opens a picklist. Then, use the up and down arrow keys to move among the options within the list. You can also start typing to search for a staffer.

Esc closes a picklist that you’ve opened.

Ctrl+Insert adds a new empty task below your cursor.

We aim to make your BigTime setup seamless, and hotkeys are one way to make the process a little easier. Keep an eye on the BigTime blog for more news and updates.