I feel VERY stupid

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by TallShaffer, May 23, 2006.

  1. TallShaffer macrumors member

    Apr 14, 2006
    All right, so when you're at the basic desktop and want to log out I see the little quick command is the arrow pointing up, clover and Q. What is the up arrow?! I've tried the inverted T up arrow + clover + Q with no success, and I feel really stupid. Help!
  2. thewhitehart macrumors 6502a


    Jul 9, 2005
    The town without George Bailey
  3. TallShaffer thread starter macrumors member

    Apr 14, 2006
    I don't even know what to say, I just feel like I'm the stupidfest person in the world.

    And what does the ^ mean when that's part of a quick command, because pressing shift+6 doesn't do it.

    Thank you very much for the help there.
  4. gauchogolfer macrumors 603


    Jan 28, 2005
    American Riviera
    That's the control button. Just to anticipate your next question, the s-shaped symbol is for option.


    BTW - I notice in your sig that you have a MacBook, and right below it an HP with (boo intel). You realize that your MB has Intel Inside™ as well, right? ;)
  5. TallShaffer thread starter macrumors member

    Apr 14, 2006
    Yes, I realize it does have intel, but it was my only option. I put the boo intel at the end of my sig since I'm not very happy about having intel in either computer.

    But hey, I haven't gotten owned by intel yet, so we'll see how it all plays out.

    Thanks for your help :)
  6. DZ/015 macrumors 6502a


    Mar 23, 2003
    New England
    Don't be so quick to "boo" Intel. Working for them may require you to submit to some form of mind control, but they make one hell of a chip! I used to work on the Intel account for a prior employer.
  7. TallShaffer thread starter macrumors member

    Apr 14, 2006
    I don't mind intel chips, there are just many better options out there.

    It's like how some people are with windows. It's an okay option (I can't believe I just said that), but there are much better options out there (On a good day I guess windows is better than starin at a bios screen).
  8. annk Administrator


    Staff Member

    Apr 18, 2004
    Somewhere over the rainbow
    Don't feel stupid, I bet I'm not the only other one who didn't understand the symbol for the Control key. I'm glad you asked this. :)
  9. Agent Smith macrumors 6502

    Agent Smith

    Mar 21, 2004
    Toronto, ON
    Absolutely. The stupidest question is the one not asked (unless it's asked by Captain Stupid of course...:p ).
  10. TallShaffer thread starter macrumors member

    Apr 14, 2006
    How'd you find out my secret identity?
  11. arcsbite Guest

    Jan 14, 2006
    I just learnt 2 new things about keyboard shortcuts!
    I always wondered what the ^ was.

    this proves that there are no stupid people, just people too stupid to ask :D
  12. quigleybc macrumors 68030


    Jun 17, 2005
    Beautiful Vancouver British Columbia, Canada

    Don't feel stupid....I think it's stupid that they don't just indicate what the key is.....why is the up arrow shift?

    why not just say shift+ whatever......
  13. applebum macrumors 6502

    Jul 10, 2003
    You can actually change these. In case anyone else is wondering (I had this same question a few weeks ago, but found the answer in System Preferences) just go to System Preferences, then Keyboard and Mouse, then under Keyboard click the Modifier Keys button. There it tells you what those shapes mean, and lets you change the keystrokes if you want.

    Hope this helps.
  14. neocell macrumors 65816


    May 23, 2005
    Great White North
    I like using the sticky key option when I forget what the symbols are. Just hit shift 5 times in a row, and then the images of the four key strokes appear on the screen (I think it's set by default that way, or else System Pref > Universal Access > Keyboard tab)
  15. dpaanlka macrumors 601


    Nov 16, 2004
    By the way, "clover" is called "Command"

    You might also hear old-timers (like myself) say "Flower" on occasion - carryover from old habits.

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