Making Ctr-Arrow Do a Move Whole Word Action

Discussion in 'macOS' started by bobber205, May 21, 2007.

  1. bobber205 macrumors 68020

    bobber205

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    #1
    On a windows machine, pressing control then either left or right arrow moves the cursor a whole "word" over. You can combine this with shift to easily highlight specific words.

    This has become important to my programming habits. On OS X it just moves to the front of the line.

    How do I change this? :D
     
  2. neven macrumors 6502a

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    #2
    Unfortunately, this is implemented inconsistently in OS X applications.

    OS X and most Apple apps will move to start/end of line on Command+cursor. To move to the next word, you use Option+cursor.

    However, many applications reverse this behavior or implement just one of the shortcuts. In Adobe applications, Option+cursor will actually adjust kerning (if applicable).

    In most cases, you should try switching between Option and Command. It's annoying, but your fingers learn what to do in each app eventually.
     
  3. bobber205 thread starter macrumors 68020

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  4. psycoswimmer macrumors 65816

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    Just tried this in TextEdit and it's option+click to start, shift+click to end. :)
     

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