Damn Delete

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by siddalee, Oct 30, 2006.

  1. siddalee macrumors newbie

    Oct 25, 2006
    Okay, so the MAC Delete key is the Backspace(&Delete) key. But what do I do to delete the letters in FRONT of this word? I can't keep going to the end of the sentence and holding down Delete. There's got to be a Delete The Future button. Yes? (insert clever existential repartee here)

    I never knew I (over) used that key so much till I didn't have it.

    Thanks, if you can help.

  2. Gee macrumors 65816

    Feb 27, 2004
    London, UK
    Fn + Backspace will give you forward delete...
  3. siddalee thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 25, 2006
    You are a beeyooteefull person, and I salute you.

    I think I tried every other kiey but Fn. Hainv no use for it before.

    God, the pathways in my brain are... throwing sparks now.

    Ow! Ow! Ow!

    Thanks again.
  4. ddekker macrumors regular

    Sep 23, 2006

    lol.. I catch more crpa from my mac buddies for having to hit the start button on windows to shut the computer off, but a keyboard with two delete keys has to be close... that and to delete a file I find the delete key doesn't work either, command - delete is what it takes to delete a file... seems odd to have to hit two keys to delete something when a key is labeled "Delete"

    could just be me...lol..

  5. bousozoku Moderator emeritus

    Jun 25, 2002
    Gone but not forgotten.
    They could call the delete key Backspace but there are some systems where the Backspace key is non-volatile--it doesn't erase characters, like a typewriter.

    Apple has done a lot to make a compact keyboard useful.
  6. mduser63 macrumors 68040


    Nov 9, 2004
    Salt Lake City, UT
    This is true on Mac laptops and is similar to a few PC laptops I've seen as well, where the forward delete key isn't a primary key, but rather a function on some other key. Full-size Apple keyboards have a regular forward delete key.

    However, I'm surprised at how often this comes up. I set a friend up with a new iMac recently, and within a few minutes of her sitting down to use it, she asked me how to delete what was after the cursor like she used to do on her PC. I told her to hit the delete key which is in the exact same place as on every PC keyboard I've ever used (ie. above the left arrow key). Why do people just assume that Macs don't have forward delete key!?

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