<enter> button function

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by trev, Dec 21, 2007.

  1. trev macrumors 6502

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    #1
    Something that's been bothering me for a while is that the <enter> button is "rename" rather than "open". Not only is this inconvenient (I have to hit apple-o to open the program) it just non nonsensical to have it this way. Anybody have any idea why it's done this way and how I might go about changing it? Thanks a million!

    Trevor
     
  2. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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  3. paul.b.davis macrumors 6502

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    The command+o to open programs makes sense if you think about it this way... all the file commands on a mac start with the command key

    cmd+c = copy
    cmd+v = paste
    cmd+x = cut
    cmd+delete = move to trash
    cmd+i = file info

    if you look at it that way it is quite consistant
     
  4. dpaanlka macrumors 601

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    Is it nonsensical for any reason other than it's not what you're used to in some other operating system?
     
  5. Sky Blue Guest

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    No, it's nonsensical to have enter open things and CMD + ... do everything as. As Paul puts it...

     
  6. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    You sir deserve a hero cookie.
     
  7. Jason S. macrumors 6502a

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    Instead of insisting that OS X does it "right," I'm going to try to help you change it...

    Go to System Preferences and type "Keyboard shortcuts" in the search field and press Return/Enter. This will bring up a list of shortcuts that you can configure to your liking.
     
  8. dpaanlka macrumors 601

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    If he wanted to be really cool he could make it CMD + OPT + ALT + SHIFT + DEL + O + Z

    As a side note, this is moderately related to this discussion.
     
  9. psychofreak Retired

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    Aren't opt and alt the same :p
     
  10. dpaanlka macrumors 601

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    That's the cool part - you have to release that key and then press it again without releasing the other keys in order to trigger the command.
     

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