Ahhhh... No I'm not sure if they meant what you are looking for. I could be mistaken though :-/
This is the way it worked in XI and they have now migrated that to XIV. The number row will function that way as your hotbar. Currently I dont believe there is a way to set letters and such to represent your hotbar spells/skills, only the 1-9 at the top of the keyboard.
What I have done to somewhat simulate what you are looking for:
I have CON skillz stored in a macro that sets numbers 1-0 on my hotbar.
I also have a THM macro that sets 1-0 on my hotbar.
I also created a macro that removes all spells/skills from hotbar.
So I am on Con and I push 2 to Cure. I decide I want to change to THM. So I change weapons. Push macro to remove all skillz. Then push macro to assign all the THM spells. Now my 2 button does whatever THM spell I have set.
Edited, Dec 9th 2010 3:43pm by edge1006
Thanks and I understand and appreciate the tips.
But numbers 7, 8, 9, and 0 are too difficult to reach for me with one hand. I was really hoping that I can bind Q, E, R, T, F, G, V, C, Z, to actions. Ergonomically it's better and my response time is faster / more instinctive, and then shift Q, shift E, shirt R for AoE versions of the spells.
Also if you use the default # bars, you need to confirm a spell instead of it firing automatically, so there is a slight delay there b/c you have to press twice, although I suppose it's not too big of a problem but I do find it a bit bothersome.
Right now I'm using HotKeys app to simulate it, but I thought I heard SE announce something about keybindings for december. I suppose that was never announced =/