The Williams World of Warcraft Key Binds

Chris Williams' full post from the AlphaGrip Google Group.

I think that the grip is mostly better for WoW than a keyboard BUT I largely say that as I never liked using the mouse for gaming. HOWEVER, I don't like the mouse for gaming because in general it is too slow to be shuffling it around everywhere.

Here is my binds for the grip in total. And below that are the reasons I have ended up with it.

    bind PAGEUP CHATPAGEUP
    bind PAGEDOWN CHATPAGEDOWN
    bind SHIFT-PAGEDOWN CHATBOTTOM
    bind CTRL-PAGEUP COMBATLOGPAGEUP
    bind CTRL-PAGEDOWN COMBATLOGPAGEDOWN
    bind CTRL-SHIFT-PAGEDOWN COMBATLOGBOTTOM
    bind CTRL-F5 SHAPESHIFTBUTTON5
    bind CTRL-F6 SHAPESHIFTBUTTON6
    bind CTRL-F7 SHAPESHIFTBUTTON7
    bind CTRL-F8 SHAPESHIFTBUTTON8
    bind CTRL-F9 SHAPESHIFTBUTTON9
    bind CTRL-F10 SHAPESHIFTBUTTON10
    bind SHIFT-1 MULTIACTIONBAR1BUTTON7
    bind SHIFT-3 ACTIONPAGE3
    bind SHIFT-4 ACTIONPAGE4
    bind SHIFT-5 ACTIONPAGE5
    bind SHIFT-6 ACTIONPAGE6
    bind SHIFT-UP PREVIOUSACTIONPAGE
    bind SHIFT-MOUSEWHEELUP PREVIOUSACTIONPAGE
    bind SHIFT-DOWN NEXTACTIONPAGE
    bind SHIFT-MOUSEWHEELDOWN NEXTACTIONPAGE
    bind SHIFT-TAB TARGETPREVIOUSENEMY
    bind CTRL-TAB TARGETNEARESTFRIEND
    bind CTRL-SHIFT-TAB TARGETPREVIOUSFRIEND
    bind SHIFT-F1 TARGETPET
    bind SHIFT-F2 TARGETPARTYPET1
    bind SHIFT-F3 TARGETPARTYPET2
    bind SHIFT-F4 TARGETPARTYPET3
    bind SHIFT-F5 TARGETPARTYPET4
    bind G ACTIONBUTTON2
    bind F8 TOGGLEBAG1
    bind F9 TOGGLEBAG2
    bind F10 TOGGLEBAG3
    bind F11 TOGGLEBAG4
    bind P ACTIONBUTTON12
    bind SHIFT-I TARGETPARTYMEMBER2
    bind SHIFT-P TARGETPARTYMEMBER4
    bind SHIFT-SPACE TOGGLEWORLDSTATESCORES
    bind SHIFT-M TOGGLEBATTLEFIELDMINIMAP
    bind ESCAPE CAMERAZOOMIN
    bind PRINTSCREEN SCREENSHOT
    bind NUMPADMINUS MINIMAPZOOMOUT
    bind CTRL-M TOGGLEMUSIC
    bind CTRL-S TOGGLESOUND
    bind CTRL-= MASTERVOLUMEUP
    bind CTRL-- MASTERVOLUMEDOWN
    bind ALT-Z TOGGLEUI
    bind END NEXTVIEW
    bind HOME PREVVIEW
    bind CTRL-R TOGGLEFPS
    bind CTRL-Y TOGGLESTATS
    bind CTRL-Q TOGGLETRIS
    bind CTRL-W TOGGLEPORTALS
    bind CTRL-E TOGGLECOLLISION
    bind ALT-B TOGGLEPLAYERBOUNDS
    bind ALT-P TOGGLEPERFORMANCEDISPLAY
    bind ALT-O TOGGLEPERFORMANCEVALUES
    bind CTRL-P RESETPERFORMANCEVALUES
    bind BUTTON2 TURNORACTION
    bind BUTTON1 CAMERAORSELECTORMOVE
    bind CTRL-BUTTON1 CAMERAORSELECTORMOVESTICKY
    bind Q ACTIONBUTTON5
    bind W ACTIONBUTTON4
    bind J REPLY
    bind X SITORSTAND
    bind Z TOGGLESHEATH
    bind ENTER OPENCHAT
    bind BACKSPACE TOGGLERUN
    bind D ACTIONBUTTON3
    bind U ACTIONBUTTON7
    bind , ACTIONBUTTON8
    bind . ACTIONBUTTON9
    bind B ACTIONBUTTON10
    bind A ACTIONBUTTON11
    bind SPACE JUMP
    bind L TOGGLEQUESTLOG
    bind C TOGGLEWORLDMAP
    bind SHIFT-J TOGGLEBACKPACK
    bind SHIFT-V OPENALLBAGS
    bind DELETE CAMERAZOOMOUT
    bind SHIFT-C TOGGLESOCIAL
    bind SHIFT-L TOGGLECHARACTER0
    bind SHIFT-N TARGETPARTYMEMBER1
    bind SHIFT-O TARGETPARTYMEMBER3
    bind Y OPENCHATSLASH
    bind 1 SELFACTIONBUTTON1
    bind 3 SELFACTIONBUTTON2
    bind SHIFT-= SELFACTIONBUTTON3
    bind - SELFACTIONBUTTON4
    bind = SELFACTIONBUTTON5
    bind 2 SELFACTIONBUTTON6
    bind 4 SELFACTIONBUTTON7
    bind / SELFACTIONBUTTON10
    bind SHIFT-8 SELFACTIONBUTTON9
    bind 9 SELFACTIONBUTTON11
    bind 0 SELFACTIONBUTTON12
    bind SHIFT-E SHAPESHIFTBUTTON2
    bind SHIFT-S SHAPESHIFTBUTTON3
    bind SHIFT-A SHAPESHIFTBUTTON4
    bind ' MULTIACTIONBAR1BUTTON1
    bind SHIFT-' MULTIACTIONBAR1BUTTON2
    bind SHIFT-9 MULTIACTIONBAR1BUTTON3
    bind SHIFT-[ MULTIACTIONBAR1BUTTON4
    bind [ MULTIACTIONBAR1BUTTON5
    bind SHIFT-/ MULTIACTIONBAR1BUTTON6
    bind SHIFT-\ MULTIACTIONBAR1BUTTON8
    bind SHIFT-. MULTIACTIONBAR1BUTTON9
    bind \ MULTIACTIONBAR1BUTTON10
    bind ] MULTIACTIONBAR1BUTTON11
    bind ` MULTIACTIONBAR1BUTTON12
    bind E TURNLEFT
    bind S STRAFELEFT
    bind O STRAFERIGHT
    bind LEFT TURNLEFT
    bind I TURNRIGHT
    bind T MOVEFORWARD
    bind F ACTIONBUTTON2
    bind N ACTIONBUTTON6
    bind SHIFT-T SHAPESHIFTBUTTON1
    bind SHIFT-G SHAPESHIFTBUTTON1
    bind M TARGETNEARESTENEMY
    bind K MOVEBACKWARD
    bind R MOVEBACKWARD
    bind TAB TARGETNEARESTENEMY
    bind H ACTIONBUTTON1
    bind SHIFT-2 TOGGLEAUTORUN
Now to go over that in English. :)

Roughly everything that isn't something that is movement or battle centric I've placed on the front panel. This allows me to have my thumbs free to work the mouse while fighting. I mostly just use that ability to fix the camera if I can't see, but the tabbing through enemies in WoW works so poorly that I'm now starting to get used to using the mouse to target enemies where I used to hate having to switch back and forth.

I find shift+something to be the easiest to hit, so I generally use this as my first option for reusing a key for multiple uses. Red shift is the second easiest to hit and I use that to toggle my spells for self-cast. Green shift is the next hardest so I use it for my secondary spells.

So, on the front panel left thumb, J is reply to whisper, V is currently unused and awaiting something worthy, C is map, Y is /, K is move backwards (though this is a remaider from an old setup and unused), L is my quest log, Shift-C is social, Shift-L is character screen, Shift-J is one bag, Shift-V is all bags, and RedShift-J (AKA @) is autorun just so I don't accidentally hit it.

Front panel right thumb, X is sit, Z is sheath/unsheath, enter is chat, space is jump, tab is cycle enemies, and backspace is backspace.

Now, one issue with the Grip is that if you have your movement keys on the bottom, then when you are stearing any of the bars you are using to turn or move can't be used for a spell since only one side can be depressed on a button-bar. The extra buttons straddling the index finger keys, though, help this immensely.

So, the left index finger has T as move forward, R as move backward, and G and F both as Spell Two. Making sure spell two is something you use a lot is a good thing.

The right index finger has N as Spell Six, M as enemy cycling, H as attack, and U as Spell Seven.

I steer with E and I as turn left and turn right. S and O are strafe left and right.

Shift-(T,E,S,A) switch between animal forms--seeing as I am a druid. And Shift-(N,I,O,P) are select party members 1 through 4.

Spells (or button bars) go in the general order FDWQNU,.BAP with button one (attack) handled by H as said before since I don't want to accidentally attack something. Red shift as said. causes these to be self casts, and green handles button bar two. With this setup you can't self cast a spell in bar two without using the mouse. Also, you can't self cast Spell eight because RedShift-, is Enter and would overwrite the chat popup.

ALL OF WHICH SAID, there is a whoooole lot of room to configure the keys based on what seems both logical to you and ergonomic to the spells that you use most. So really I probably recommend evolving your keys as you find things a pain to do given your set up. And in the end you'll be a lot ahead of a keyboard because you don't have to contort your fingers to get all the combos, and that means you can cover a larger array and don't have to move your fingers as far around the board to hit them.

Ah, and the file is at C:\Program Files\World of Warcraft\WTF\Account\USERNAME\bindings-cache.wtf. I made two folders for keyboard and Grip and would move them in and out of their folders to this location so I could swap back and forth while still learning.

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