Friday, May 28, 2021

Figma and the Num Lock Quasimode


In short, pressing Shift+2 using one key worked, but pressing Shift+2 using the numeric keypad key didn’t.

Curiously, the bug only happened on Windows, and not on a Mac.


Pressing Num Lock over and over again to switch between the modes would be slow, infuriating, and flow-reducing…


The solution: you could hold Shift and press the arrow/numeric key to quickly reverse its current mode.


The shortcut from MS-DOS was preserved in code through all the versions of Windows, from 1.0 all the way to 10!

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