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I know it's probably a bit naughty, but it would be nice for Stack Exchange to prevent the default actions from occurring for Ctrl+S and Cmd+S on its sites. Instead of opening the browser's save dialog box, those commands should submit the current post.

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Just use TAB then SPACE instead if it really bugs you having to use the mouse. – codingbadger Jan 24 '12 at 13:42
EVEN LOTUS NOTES uses CTRL+S as a SAVE DOCUMENT feature. Why on earth would you change it? – JNK Jan 24 '12 at 16:28
in the context of a post, wouldn't the post be the document? – user152642 Dec 3 '14 at 8:56

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It's up to me to decide how I want to use a website. Same with opening a link in a Window, I decide my browsing habits. I know ctrl-s saves the page (or document) it's universally accepted. With questions having a regular auto-save...why is there a need?

If you're still convinced, ask a question over at UserExperience.SE and see what they say about replacing a well-known key shortcut with a different one.

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because nobody saves a webpage with a form on it, they either want to submit the form by "accidentally" hitting ctrl+s or they mean to save the resultant webpage to file instead of the one with a form on it. – user152642 Jan 24 '12 at 11:40
because nobody saves a webpage with a form on it ... so, you now speak for everyone and/or know everyones usage of the site? – Time Traveling Bobby Jan 24 '12 at 11:44
I've never, in 20 years of using the web, hit Ctrl-S to submit a form. Ctrl-S is "Save". Universally. – squillman Jan 24 '12 at 11:45
Ask people what they would use Ctrl-S for. I bet 100% of the time you would get "saving" rather than "submit" as an answer. – tombull89 Jan 24 '12 at 11:46
yes, you are right. But in that context. What are they "saving", the post. That's what someone is saving at that moment in time. – user152642 Jan 24 '12 at 14:34
Altering the applications default behavior that is generally the default for not just that application but just about every other application on the platform is generally a bad UI decision... – Bart Silverstrim Jan 24 '12 at 14:59

I'm all for a hotkey to post an answer, but why on earth Ctrl+S?

Ctrl+Enter would make more sense and isn't used for anything right now.

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