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Switching to the Mac: The Missing Manual, Mavericks Edition by David Pogue
Switching to the Mac: The Missing Manual, Mavericks Edition by David Pogue Stay ahead with the world’s most comprehensive technology and business learning platform. With Safari, you learn the way you learn best. Get unlimited access to videos, live online training, learning paths, books, tutorials, and more. Making the switch involves two big adjustments: Ctrl key.
Note Mac keyboard shortcuts are listed at the right side of each open menu, just as in Windows. Alt key. This is the closest thing the Mac offers to the Windows Alt key. In many situations, keyboard shortcuts that involve the Alt key in Windows use the Option key on the Mac.
For example, when you hold down the Option key as you click the Close or Minimize button on a Macintosh window, you close or minimize all open desktop windows. See Input Sources to find out how you can see which letters turn into which symbols when pressed with Option. As you probably could have guessed, there is no Windows-logo key on the Macintosh. Backspace and Delete. The Delete key in Windows technically, the forward delete key, because it deletes the character to the right of the insertion point is a different story.
On small Mac keyboards like laptop and wireless keyboards , this key is missing. You can still perform a forward delete, however, by pressing the regular Delete key while pressing the Fn key in the corner of the keyboard. Most full-size Windows keyboards have two Enter keys: On the Mac, the big key on the number pad still says Enter, but the key on the alphabet keyboard is labeled Return.
The older, plastic desktop keyboards, or the white or black plastic laptop ones. Here, then, is a guided tour of the non-typewriter keys on the modern Mac keyboard: What it does, though, is quite clear: It changes the purpose of certain keys.
For example, Fn turns the key into a Page Up key, which scrolls upward by one screenful. Note On most Mac keyboards, the Fn key is in the lower-left corner. The exception is the full-size Apple desktop keyboard the one with a numeric keypad ; there, the Fn key is in the little block of keys between the letter keys and the number pad. On the top row of aluminum Mac keyboards, the F-keys have dual functions. Pressing the Fn key in the corner changes their personalities, though.
Numeric keypad. The number-pad keys do exactly the same thing as the numbers at the top of the keyboard. Apple has been quietly eliminating the numeric keypad from most of its keyboards, but you can still find it on some models.
These keys control the brightness of your screen. Tap the key to open Dashboard, the archipelago of tiny, single-purpose widgets like Weather, Stocks, and Movies. On recent Macs, the F4 key bears a logo instead. Tapping it opens Launchpad, which is described on Launchpad. Tip Tap either or to skip to the previous or next track or chapter.
Hold one down to rewind or fast-forward. These three keys control your speaker volume. The key means Mute; tap it once to cut off the sound completely and again to restore its previous level.
Tap the repeatedly to make the sound level lower, the key to make it louder. Tip If you hold down the Shift and Option keys, then tapping the volume keys adjusts the volume by smaller increments, just as with the brightness keys. This is the Eject key.
Home, End. The Home key jumps to the top of a window, the End key to the bottom. In iPhoto, they jump to the first or last photo in your collection. In iMovie, the Home key rewinds your movie to the very beginning. In Safari, they send you to the top or bottom of the Web page. In Word, they jump to the beginning or end of the line. But then again, Microsoft has always had its own ways of doing things. On keyboards without a dedicated block of number keys, you get these functions by holding down Fn as you tap the and keys.
Pg Up, Pg Down. These keys scroll up or down by one screenful. The idea is to let you scroll through word-processing documents, Web pages, and lists without having to use the mouse. On keyboards without a numeric keypad, you get these functions by pressing Fn plus the and keys. It closes dialog boxes, closes menus, and exits special modes like Quick Look, slideshows, screen savers, and so on.
Get to know it. The Backspace key. This key triggers keyboard shortcuts for menu items. The Control key triggers shortcut menus. In the Finder, Microsoft programs, and a few other places, this key opens up the electronic help screens. But you guessed that.
The Complicated Story of the Function Keys As the previous section makes clear, the F-keys at the top of modern Mac keyboards come with predefined functions. They control screen brightness, keyboard brightness, speaker volume, music playback, and so on. So the question is: The Fn key lower left on small keyboards, center block of keys on the big ones switches the function of the function keys.
From now on, you press the Fn key to get the functions painted on the keys ,.
Cut, copy, paste, and other common shortcuts
The Ctrl + Alt + Delete menu on Windows collects many handy utilities in one place. But pressing those keys on a Mac does nothing, so how do. Here’s how to Ctrl Alt Delete a MacBook, iMac, or Mac Pro. If you’ve recently switched to Mac from Windows, you’ll no doubt have wondered if there’s a Ctrl-Alt-Del equivalent for Mac. The command.
The Mac Control + ALT + DELETE Equivalent for Mac OS X
Some keys on some Apple keyboards have special symbols and functions, such as for display brightness , keyboard brightness , Mission Control, and more. To use these keys as F1, F2, F3, or other standard function keys, combine them with the Fn key. Cut, copy, paste, and other common shortcuts Command-X: This also works for files in the Finder. In some apps, you can undo and redo multiple commands.
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Watch: The Mac Control + ALT + DELETE Equivalent for Mac OS X
If you’re wondering how to do the equivalent of a PC’s “control+alt+delete” function on a Mac, here’s how you can force quit unresponsive Mac. You could probably remap the keyboard, try ctrl alt fn-delete (the easiest the Mac keyboard key I use for the PC Del key is the fn delete ⌦ key. The keyboard shortcut you’re looking for is ⌘ + ⌥ + ⎋, alternatively known as command + option + escape. This will bring up the Force Quit.