There are several ways to quickly find out who has threat using the default UI without having to pay attention to a threat meter or threat percentage number on the target frame.
I’ll attempt a basic guide to setting up BigWigs for people who download it and still haven’t seen the usefulness of “emphasize.”
Removes the player’s own +healing and -damage numbers from the default scrolling combat text while leaving everything else selectable through the default interface.
You should keybind. The best way that I got out of the mouse clicking habit was leveling a new character using only keybinds. You only get a few abilties to keybind at a time while leveling so it’s not near as daunting as a max level character with dozens of abilities. All the “I can mouse click as good as you key bind” arguments and why they’re false are in the videos and articles below.
Articles on keybinding:
This addon collapses the quest tracker (objectives frame) during combat and expands it again afterwards. It only works when in a party or raid to allow for clicking quest items while solo.
In the spirit of keeping the UI clean this addon nows hides the gryphon end caps if using the default blizzard action bars.
I generally prefer the default Blizzard Action Bars because when you get into a vehicle it shows the energy or whatnot that Blizzard wanted you to see. Bartender4 and Dominos are very popular and I suspect most people probably use one of them so I’ll explain the underlying difference between the two and how it can impact raiding.
Here are the crib notes for the 3 varieties of action bars:
The Blizzard default action bars are extremely large and take up a lot of valuable real estate on your screen, but since they’re designed by Blizzard they won’t break during reloads in combat and never need updating. They also show exactly what Blizzard wanted you to see.
Bartender4 creates its own frames and keybinds to them. This creates issues if the addon breaks due to a major patch since all your keybinds set up for custom Bartender 4 frames.
Dominos re-uses as much as possible from the Blizzard code so when the addon breaks all your keybinds are still bound to the default action bars and saved server-side. Between Bartender4 and Dominos this is the best-selling point in my book. There are reports of Dominos being easier on the almighty cpu usage since all it’s doing is moving Blizzard’s action buttons versus making new frames.
Bottom line: In case of disconnect and you have to come into a fight IN COMBAT then default Blizzard action bars are best, dominos is next best, and bartender makes you a worthless raider since you can’t create new protected frames in combat. As far as functionality I found that dominos and bartender4 are almost identical enough not to worry about anything.