This is seriously something I did not know about until just now. I would intuitively try to hit the arrow keys to move the playhead and tried basically all the combinations of the arrow keys with ctrl, shift, space, and / or command. Then after a bit a googlin' I found that the side carrots keys allow you to move the playhead.
Being able to control the playhead is key to being able to work quickly and accurately. It seems like a small thing to bother you, moving your hand to the mouse and clicking the spot to place the playhead is just distracting. It breaks my train of thought, and (depending on how zoomed out you are) it can be tough to click in the exact spot you want the playhead to be. With the (<) and (>) symbols I can move the playhead exactly to the beginning of a measure super easily, almost without even thinking, and I don't even have to move my hand away from the keyboard. It's great, and I think keyboard shortcuts in general are awesome and should be learned and used. You can also hold shift while hitting the caret keys to jump multiple bars.
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