increasing speed of deleting text?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by bill4588, Jul 10, 2006.

  1. bill4588 macrumors 6502a

    bill4588

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    #1
    I switched to Mac about a month or so ago and there has been one thing about OS X that bugs me and I'm wondering if it can be fixed. Whenever I'm typing something and I have to delete a whole lot of text, it seems to take forever because I'm so used to windows deleting things so fast. Is there any way that I can speed up the deleting process (other than having to highlight what i want to delete, because that's a pain to do on my macbook with the track pad as I do not use a mouse).
     
  2. yellow Moderator emeritus

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    Please provide more info.. are you talking about deleting text in Word? TextEdit? BBEdit? OpenOffice?

    If it's Word, then it's a annoying problem inherint in Word, and not Mac OS X.
     
  3. Makosuke macrumors 603

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    Ignoring Word's general stupidity, if you haven't done this already, go into the "Keyboard & Mouse" Preference Pane, and under the Keyboard tab turn "Key Repeat Rate" all the way up. That's about the only control you have over the speed of how fast holding down the delete key eats stuff to the left of the cursor.
     
  4. bill4588 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    bill4588

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    that did it! thanks! much better!
     
  5. 840quadra Moderator

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    You can also hold down the shift key while you hi-light text by using the mouse, and or using the cursor to go up down left or right. The latter works well for large blocks of text when they end up being more then one line long.
     

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