Perhaps this is just because I'm new to the game and haven't yet learned any proper strategy, or it might be because I'm low-level enough that I haven't gotten to the point of needing to worry about power management, but my general strategy in space combat is pretty much this: Fire whatever is facing the enemy, as often as I can.
This of course results in a lot of abuse of the keys I have bound to "Fire all weapons". It gets especially annoying sometimes when I'm trying to fire while turning and accelerating/decelerating and/or doing other keyboard-based operations at the same time. It's even worse when the combination of commands I'm issuing intersects (accidentally or intentionally) with OS-level keyboard shortcuts.
For example, the default key binding for "Fire All Weapons" is Alt+Space and the default binding for "Throttle Up" is Q. Often times, in the heat of battle, I'll have Alt held down so that all I have to do to trigger my weapons is hit Space. Then, when I rush to hit the throttle for some maneuver I'll accidentally end up hitting Tab. Of course, what does Alt+Tab mean to Windows? It means the game gets dropped while I'm switched to another window or the Desktop.
So, to avoid this sort of complication, I'd like a way to easily toggle my weapons to auto-fire whenever they're in range. This would help greatly simplify the task of battle while also making it easier to not accidentally hit some OS shortcut in the midst of it. However, I haven't been able to find this option by looking through the Key Bindings in-game. Is there another option for doing this?