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I play RTS (starcraft 2 specifically) and now realize that I want to use more then 1..5 digits to bind my army / buildings / etc.

I cannot precisely hit 7..0 (neither ctrl+7..0 nor shift+7..0) keys without looking on the keyboard (my right hand controls the mouse of course)

Do you know a way to easy hit 7,8,9,0 with left hand? Is there some mark that my hand could use (i.e. right ctrl) or something else?

I don't want to buy any additional device. My question is all about behavior not environment. Plus you probably know that pro-gamers use normal keyboard and totally fine with it.
i.e. right now I realize that if I rotate keyboard clockwise a little then access to 7..0 becomes easier.

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Grow bigger hands. – LessPop_MoreFizz Feb 23 '11 at 3:27
Hey Meta, jokes are acceptable comments. – badp Feb 23 '11 at 10:46
up vote 5 down vote accepted

I have 6 and 7 remapped to F2 and F3 for my production buildings and main bases. If you have all your production on F2 you can just tab through them to select the different types.

Also, if you're Protoss you can just hit W to select all warp gates.

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Great idea. I've already mapped ~ to 0. I used to have F2..F4 for camera but now I realize that I can use a bit awkward Alt+1 to recall and something like shift+F5 to bind camera. So... I can bind 0 to ~, 7..9 to F2..F4 and I'm done! For now it's a best answer. Thank you! – Meta Feb 23 '11 at 10:32
I've tried and it works! – Meta Feb 23 '11 at 13:10

I use this mouse: Razer Naga

Maybe a Naga would be good for you (or mouse with a similar button layout). It would definitely allow you to get to all your hot keys easier (I've used it in SC2 for just such a reason).

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Obviously, this isn't strictly for left handed number access, but I figured I'd post another option. – Rapida Feb 23 '11 at 0:13
good idea I thought about it. But this way my right hand will execute more actions that left do. I give a + for this answer and will change OP – Meta Feb 23 '11 at 5:36

How about a standalone numpad that you can place on the left side of your keyboard? That way you'd be easily able to hold shift or ctrl while uniquely identifying which number you were pressing. Something as simple as this seems like it would do pretty well and is cheap. For a more expensive option, you could get something like the Microsoft Sidewinder X6 that has a numpad that is able to be locked into either side of the keyboard.

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I think that with external numpad I'll have same troubles - I will not be able to precisely and fast click on device that lies near a keyboard. Please see edit section in OP – Meta Feb 23 '11 at 5:44

I'm used to my hand straying quite a bit from the homerow and general 1-handed typing (no, not for that) and what I do is just hit Ctrl/Shift with my thumb and the actual number with my pinky.

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actually I believe that pro-gamers use this. But I found an answer more 'natural' for me. Thank you. – Meta Feb 28 '11 at 7:01

What kind of keyboard do you have? If you can get used to an ergonomic keyboard, you might find it easier because the keyboard is split. Mine has the number keys like this:

123456  7890
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I've tried with microsoft ergo 4000: left hand makes a bit longer way to right side of keyboard and precision still low... – Meta Feb 23 '11 at 5:46

Move the keyboard about 50cm to the left and use the numpad.

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