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kwajaln
May 21, 2005, 01:10 AM
Hey you all! I got my first Mac about 6 months ago while I was working in Kuwait, an iBook G4. I am back in the States now and recently bought a 20-inch, 2.0 GhZ iMac G5. I absolutely love it, but have a couple questions about the keyboard layout. (I tried searching the forums, to no avail . . . )

What is the equivalent of the old fn (function) key and where is it? I ask because I used to use it a lot for Windows-style "delete" by pressing fn-delete for backspace-delete.

On Apple, I quickly realized that there was no HOME or END key, instead I needed to use the arrow UP and/or DOWN keys. BUT, on my new iMac there ARE home and end keys, however they do not seem to do anything. Can anyone help?? PLEASE?!?

Thanks. BTW, I totally LOVE the new iMac G5. We watched a series of DVDs on it tonight (PBS Ocean DVDs) and the video quality was truly amazing!! As good, if not better than any TV I have ever seen! The wireless keyboard and mouse are awesome and the clutterless look is perfect!!!

BILL! :D :D :D

Anonymous Freak
May 21, 2005, 02:06 AM
Hey you all! I got my first Mac about 6 months ago while I was working in Kuwait, an iBook G4. I am back in the States now and recently bought a 20-inch, 2.0 GhZ iMac G5. I absolutely love it, but have a couple questions about the keyboard layout. (I tried searching the forums, to no avail . . . )

What is the equivalent of the old fn (function) key and where is it? I ask because I used to use it a lot for Windows-style "delete" by pressing fn-delete for backspace-delete.

On Apple, I quickly realized that there was no HOME or END key, instead I needed to use the arrow UP and/or DOWN keys. BUT, on my new iMac there ARE home and end keys, however they do not seem to do anything. Can anyone help?? PLEASE?!?

Thanks. BTW, I totally LOVE the new iMac G5. We watched a series of DVDs on it tonight (PBS Ocean DVDs) and the video quality was truly amazing!! As good, if not better than any TV I have ever seen! The wireless keyboard and mouse are awesome and the clutterless look is perfect!!!

BILL! :D :D :D
As for the first part, you can do a 'forward delete' by pressing the 'delete' key that is in the same block as home/end, and page up/page down. (It has a symbol looking like a boxy arrow pointing right with an x inside.) No need for fn-delete. (The full keyboard includes dedicated keys for everything that needed the function key on the iBook/PowerBook.)

As for home and end? On the Mac, they have always acted differently than on a PC. Home means 'beginning of document', not 'beginning of line', and End is 'end of document'. For 'beginning of line', hit Command-Left-Arrow (Command=Apple='clover',) or Control-Left-Arrow, and for 'end of line', hit Command-Right-Arrow or Control-Right-Arrow. (This works on Power/iBooks, too, of course, and Command-Up-Arrow duplicates Home, Command-Down-Arrow duplicates End. Next, Option-Up-Arrow or Control-Up-Arrow is page-up, and Option-Down-Arrow or Control-Down-Arrow is page-down. (Option says 'option', 'alt', and/or a funny 'merge on its side' logo, depending on your nationality of keyboard.) Finally, Option-Left-Arrow goes to the beginning of the current or previous WORD in a text input area (word processor, text input box in web browser, etc,) and Option-Right-Arrow goes to the end of the current or next word.

kwajaln
May 21, 2005, 07:54 AM
THANKS, ehurtley!! Apple(Command)/right or left arrow is EXACTLY what I was looking for!!! :D When my new iMac came in and I saw the "Home" and "End" keys I thought I was home free, but NOW I know what those keys are really for on an Apple. Thank you!