How do I? (delete-- NOT backspace)

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by The Hitman, Sep 12, 2007.

  1. The Hitman macrumors member

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    This is going to sound like a stupid question, I am going to try and word it so it sounds semi-normal.

    How do I delete text. Let's say I wrote the wrong word, as you know a Windows keyboard has "Delete" and "Backspace" keys, but a MacBook keyboard only has a "Delete" key which acts like the "Backspace" key. So in order for me to delete on work I have to go behind the text and use it like backspace.. how do I just delete the word from the front?
     
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  3. The Hitman thread starter macrumors member

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    Nope didn't work, is there something I have to setup in System Preferences or something?
     
  4. majordude macrumors 68020

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    Hold the two keys down at the same time.
     
  5. angelwatt Moderator emeritus

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    What program are you trying this in? Some programs break this rule, but most should be able to just fine.
     
  6. The Hitman thread starter macrumors member

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    That didn't work either.

    Text Edit, Firefox.
     
  7. appleguru1 macrumors 6502

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    Make sure to press and hold the fn key before hitting delete...
     
  8. The Hitman thread starter macrumors member

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    Done that.. didn't work. Like I asked above, is there a setting in System Preferences that I need to enable?
     
  9. majordude macrumors 68020

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    Nope. You are doing something wrong.

    If you put your cursor between the B and the C...

    ABCD

    ...push the delete key, you will get this...

    ACD

    ...but if you put the cursor between the B and C and press fn (the key to the left of the left ctrl key) PLUS press the delete key you get this...

    ABD

    ...see? I just did it.
     
  10. The Hitman thread starter macrumors member

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    I do that and it doesn't work
     
  11. majordude macrumors 68020

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    Then you're screwed. :rolleyes:

    I have no idea what's wrong with your system. Take it to an Apple store and see if they can help.
     
  12. Anonymous Freak, Sep 12, 2007
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    Make sure you can type and 'backspace delete' normally. If normal backspace doesn't work, then your backspace button is broken. If you can, try doing some of the other fn-combos, like fn-downarrow to do 'page down'. If that doesn't work, then your fn button might be dead.

    I have never seen fn-delete fail to produce the 'forward delete' command, other than in applications that don't understand forward delete at all.

    There is no relevant setting in System Preferences that changes this behavior.
     
  13. majordude macrumors 68020

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    "This video has been removed by the user." Uploaded the one with the babysitter by mistake? :confused:
     
  14. The Hitman thread starter macrumors member

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    fn doesn't work
     
  15. Anonymous Freak macrumors 601

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    See corrected (.Mac Gallery) one. For some reason, the YouTube version had a status of simply 'Failed', with no explanation, so I removed it. (It was a generic "video doesn't exist" before I removed it. Odd that it would change to "removed"...)
     
  16. The Hitman thread starter macrumors member

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    I got it.. kinda


    I downloaded and installed a program called DoubleCommand (which puts itself in System Preferences). And now all I have to do to "forward delete" is hit Shift+Backspace. Honestly I find press Shift+Backspace a little more natural.

    Most importantly I really want to thank you all for all your help.. it's really appreciated.
     
  17. Anonymous Freak macrumors 601

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    Glad to know you got it figured out. It is confusing with the different terminology used by Apple.

    Apple has "delete" and "forward delete". These keys map to the keys called "backspace" and "delete" by Windows, respectively. In fact, in a Boot Camp installation of Windows, you "Control Alt Delete" by doing control-option-function-delete which is control-alt-(function-backspace, which equals delete) in Windows-speak.
     
  18. wavereel macrumors newbie

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    I had the same problem

    There is, in fact, something in the System Preferences that needs to be changed to make this work.

    System preferences > Keyboard > [checkbox] Use all F1, F2, etc. keys as standard function keys...

    After that, it'll work.
     
  19. C64 macrumors 65816

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    That doesn't affect Fn + Backspace, just the default function of the F-keys.
     
  20. Fry-man22 macrumors 6502

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    No - that just changes the top keys. The OP is just challenged in some way. FN+Delete in front of text has the behavior the OP was requesting.
     
  21. therealseebs macrumors 65816

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    Confirmed that, on my MBP, fn+delete does in fact forward-delete in a plain text box in Firefox.

    "fn" is the little key at the bottom-left of the keyboard labeled "fn", just left of "ctrl", rightt?
     
  22. spinnerlys Guest

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    Wow, you just registered to post an "answer" to a 943 days old thread.

    Impressive, but by no chance will you answer me this though?

    How did you come upon this thread, especially as were not looking for answers but giving one? What did motivate you?

    I'm curious, because this phenomenon I still can't understand.
     
  23. Fry-man22 macrumors 6502

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    I think you have to also throw the fact that the "answer" was completely incorrect into the chaos equation here - totally bazaar...
     
  24. spinnerlys Guest

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    That's why I used "". I didn't read the thread, just saw that it was old and with every old thread that I can find which gets resurrected by one-time posters, I ask how they came upon this.
    But if my experience over the last 500 days of MacRumors serves me right, and dozens resurrected of threads I posted my question in, I will not get an answer here too.
     
  25. Fry-man22 macrumors 6502

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    :) My bad - totally read over your quotes...
     

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