I need help with short cut keys...

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Nelenar, Jul 17, 2008.

  1. Nelenar macrumors newbie

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    Hi, I'm new to Macs and I just got a MacBook Pro... (note: please ignore the ellipsis.. it is a habit instead of periods on forums...)... When I use Word I very commonly use symbols like: âäëïöüû (to name a few); and I have previously (on Vista and XP) customized Word to have shortcut keys for these symbols: (I'll show the Mac form of the desired shortcut keys.. and I am willing to remove any shortcut that also has these shortcut keys) â = "Option/Command + a", ä = "Control + a", ë = "Control + e", ï = "Control + i" etc... I have tried setting the symbols as such on Word by doing "Keyboard Shortcut..." on the symbols window, but if I try using them after I set them.. they never seem to work... Either it just will do 'a'/'e' or whatever.. or if it was supposed to be another command instead it just does that command... I would like these shortcuts for all of Word if possible... If you can help.. thanks...
     
  2. TheCookie macrumors regular

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    Not sure why you're having trouble modifying the shortcuts... but Macs have a native system for accented letters.

    A list can be found here: http://tlt.its.psu.edu/suggestions/international/accents/codemac.html#accent

    It'll take a little getting used to, but I think it's rather intuitive and you'll get used to it quickly.

    As a recent mac switcher myself, the best advice I can give you is not to bring your windows preferences along with you--it just makes the switch tougher, and holds you back from experiencing the mac's full potential.
     
  3. Nelenar thread starter macrumors newbie

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    The thing is that it's not so much changing from "Windows shortcuts" to "Mac shortcuts".. but rather that I can't change/alter any shortcut keys on my Mac and have them stay that way... As I said before, after I try and set a new keystroke for a symbol or even something like "italics," either it acts as though I never set the key stroke and puts the normal letter.. or does whatever might have been the command previously assigned to the keys... Another problem is that even if I do get the shortcuts working I can only get it to work on one document, but I need it for all documents...
     
  4. alphaod macrumors Core

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    Command + I prints italic; Option + I types ˆ
     
  5. ergdegdeg Moderator emeritus

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