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Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by CrackedButter, Nov 1, 2003.
Really silly question here but what key is the option key?
Really Silly Answer
You will fine the option key inbetween the ctrl and the apple key (command key)
2 keys to the left of the spacebar
under the "z" key
"Be Like Water" - Bruce Lee
now granted we probably have two different keyboards, but isn't the option key usually the one that says option on it? i think pro keyboards do, and the cheap one i have does...
now if only we could find the "any" key with as much ease... our prayers would be answered, our society become a utopia, life would be absolutely wonderful...
Nope, it's not written on my Pro keyboard.
Mine says alt in small print and option in larger letters. At least I think that's my option key. Maybe they didn't start labeling them 'til recently.
And the apple key is commonly referred to as the Command key.
My new PowerBook just says 'alt' and that funny "thermocouple" symbol. No 'option' in sight. I was slightly confused at this at first, this being my first ever Apple and all...
LOL guys. If someone from PC loving family shows up (like athlonzone) they will find it very entertaining to see that Mac users can't find an OPTION key on a keyboard...
And the reason I'm saying this is because PC users know their keyboards well...
Hell, the first thing you need to learn before operating a PC is to find out where CTRL, ALT and DELETE buttons are...
On my keyboards there is only the "word" alt on it and the thermocouple sign (the z with the -on the left of it). I always looking for those keys when using special commands. It's funny that Apple is using different signs/words on keyboards over the world. BTW I live in the Netherlands.
where the ALT key is on a PC
That "thermocouple" key is the Option. I remember reading that Apple started using symbols (The same ones that appear in the menus) on some "higher-level" keys because they may have different uses in different countries, or even different names. And the story as I under stand it, is when Apple release the first ADB full Size KB with F keys, they added "alt" over the option to help PC users cope, considering that the "command" uses the spot that PC traditionally carry the "alt". Also, I heard they added it so people would know where the alt key when they used to ship Macs with PC's on a daughter card like the Performa 630/DOS. Its just become habbit, personally, I'd like to see the "alt" go away, and have us call "command" "open Apple" as we all learned it in school on the Old Apple IIs. (Remember Open Apple, Closed Apple). In fact, I've always called it "Open Apple" and always. I remember reading some documents about developing on a Mac in like 2001, and Apple suggest that developers use the folowing nomenclature:
Folder - instead of Directory
Apple Key - Instead of Command
Of course It has been a while, so a can't remember any more. These are just the ones that got stuck on the roof of my mind.