The Missing Keystrokes

So you have finally made the switch to Mac after being a long-time PC user. Maybe you dropped $500 and got a Mac Mini, or maybe you are just trying to get one free. Either way, you are still adjusting to life with a single button mouse and trying to figure out what that weird looking symbol is on the key next to the spacebar.

There are certain things that seem easy on a PC that may, at first, seem not so easy on a mac. One of those is keystrokes. Commands to do things that are part of a normal workflow. Maybe you were used to being able to jump entire blocks of code to get to the end of a line faster (ctrl + left/right arrow on a pc), or have become acumstomed to just hitting the page up/page down keys to get to the top or bottom of a document quickly.

Suddenly, you find yourself using a keyboard that doesn’t have that small group of six keys sitting in the upper right side and you are dumbfounded about how to perform those actions without those keys. Well, O’reilly has just published a list online as part of their Missing Manuals series that explains exactly what keystroke combinations can be used to preform those exact functions.

Mac Newbie Jim writes:

Here’s one thing that I think is missing from your manual. In Windows, I’ve long depended on certain keystrokes for moving around while editing text. They work in all Windows applications. For example, “End” goes to the end of the current line; “Home” goes to the beginning of the current line; “Ctrl-Right arrow” moves one word to the right; “Ctrl-Left arrow moves one word to the left; “Ctrl-Del” deletes the next word to the right; “Ctrl-Backspace” deletes the next word to the left. None of these work on the iMac, except in MS Office. I’m lost without them.

If you are in the same situation, make sure you add this page to your bookmarks and commit these keystrokes to memory pronto.

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