Switching from Windows, Qs about keys

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by mersea, Aug 28, 2005.

  1. mersea macrumors regular

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    Getting used to the keyboard on my iBook hasn't been much of a problem. My biggest peeve so far is there isn't a backspace key. Delete is fine, but it only deletes the characters in front of the cursor, is there a shortcut to make it act like a backspace key (something like apple-delete.. except that doesn't work)? Also, the arrow keys in the bottom right corner also have home/end/etc mapped onto them, but how can I make them act as such? I've tried fn+arrow key but that doesn't work..
     
  2. mpw Guest

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    I've left my iBook at work this weekend but if memory serves try ctrl+delete to backspace.
    I think it's ctrl+arrow for home/end etc. but you'll find they work differently to MS Windows at times.
    Just a couple of little differences you'll either get over real quick or will niggle away at you for years.
     
  3. faintember macrumors 65816

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    Backspace is fn + delete

    Weird, but fn + (insert arrow key) works for me, although i never really use them. Maybe you have "full keyboard access" or something like that (can't remember the right name for it) turned off. I think it is located in System Preferences > Keyboard.
     
  4. iEdd macrumors 68000

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    Are you saying that by default your delete key is a forward delete key??? :eek: :confused:

    It definitely isn't on either of our powerbooks or this... :S

    It's meant to be the same as backspace is on windows, except with the ability to delete higlighted pictures and files, etc.
     
  5. tikibangout macrumors regular

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    I don't think he was saying what you thought he was saying.

    Fn + delete = forward deletion

    I don't know what you're trying to say.
     
  6. mersea thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks so much.

    fn-delete is working, but not fn+arrow keys.. I'm looking in my settings but there isn't anything beside full keyboard access and the only thing under it has to do with dialogue boxes..

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  7. faintember macrumors 65816

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    Glad we helped at least 50%! lol

    I just checked my keyboard settings against the pic you posted, and the only diff is that the first (top) radio button is clicked, but that should not pose a problem. Also, under the Keyboard tab, in Keyboard and Mouse settings my "Use the F1-F12 to control software features" is not checked, and exposé is set to use F9-F12 as their hot keys.

    I don't see why any of these settings should cause the arrow keys to work/not work, but it may be worth a shot???
     

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