Embarrasingly basic Q regarding Home and End keys

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Sesshi, Oct 13, 2006.

  1. Sesshi macrumors G3


    Jun 3, 2006
    One Nation Under Gordon
    One thing I've never figured out on the Mac is that the Home and End keys don't work in fields. i.e. e.g. I can't tap End, then shift-Home in a field to select the entire text.

    How does Home and End work on a Mac?
  2. Chundles macrumors G4


    Jul 4, 2005
    Home = top of page
    End = end of page

    Command-End = end of line
    Command-Home = start of line.

    So to highlight a line, just throw the command key into the description you used.

    So it would be "tap command-end, then shift-command-home" to select the text.

    EDIT: Wait, it could be different. Try command-left arrow instead of Home and command-right arrow instead of End.

    My Home and End keys are on the left and right arrows on my iBook.
  3. Sesshi thread starter macrumors G3


    Jun 3, 2006
    One Nation Under Gordon
    Command-arrows worked. I suppose that is quite logical but... Hmm. Thanks
  4. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus


    Jan 9, 2004
    Grand Rapids, MI, USA
    On my Apple Wireless KB, in Firefox text boxes, the home/end keys do nothing...even with modifiers. In Safari they do something related to page-to-page navigation. I don't have my iBook open right now, but it seems to me that Fn-arrow (Home/end) do something on it.
  5. emptyCup macrumors 65816


    Jan 5, 2005
    Another thing that often confuses Windows users is that Home and End take you to that part of the document but do not move the insertion point there. Click to move the insertion point or press a key (like an arrow key) to jump back to where you were.

    Full list of text shortcuts can be found here and many other places (including Help).
  6. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    I second that.
  7. ddekker macrumors regular

    Sep 23, 2006
    thats one I hadent noticed yet, now the delete key really being a backspace key I still don't get... but then again thats why I started a website all about the mac things I dont get...lol


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