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Discussion in 'MacBook' started by convert09, Apr 25, 2009.

  1. convert09 macrumors member

    convert09

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    In March 2009 I purchased my first Apple computer a MacBook 2.4 with 4GB memory. Climbing the learning curve has been a challenge, but I've made decent progress without paying the extra $$ to the Apple store. Fortunately, I have a couple of Mac gurus I can go to for help, but mostly I've learned by trial, error, frustration, reading ... more reading, etc.

    After a month I don't really notice that I don't have a backspace key especially since a couple of days ago I found 'Control + H'.

    In spite of the frustrations what finally and completely sold me on Apple was the hard drive swap I performed.

    I've been using Windoze since the early 1990's and every OS upgrade I've done on the PC has had problems. Every hard drive upgrade I've done had some sort of problem. I resorted to detailed journals on the OS and HD specs so I could ensure a some sort of less painful upgrade/install. I still have those journals.

    Performing the upgrade on the MacBook was a thousand times easier. Yeah, I had to look up procedures and such, but that was just reading on top of doing the actual job. Once I figured out how to proceed it was just a matter of waiting for the Mac to format the drive and install the OS. Never have I had such a painless HD install or OS install. Everything just worked.

    Had I had difficulty in performing the above tasks I more than likely would have given the MacBook to my kid and I would have taken back my nine month old HP laptop.
     
  2. Illicit macrumors 6502

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    I'm slightly confused by your post. Did you mean you didn't find a backspace key and resorted to using ctrl+h?
    Backspace is just the delete key.
    Fn+delete is a forward delete key similar to the del key on windows PCs.

    Congrats on making the switch.
     
  3. convert09 thread starter macrumors member

    convert09

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    You can certainly imagine my angst when attempting to forward delete and the cursor suddenly goes backwards. I obviously didn't know any key commands at the time and cursed Apple generously in my initial transition period.

    Then one day while perusing usingmac.com I stumbling across an article entitled Unveiling 10 Hidden OS X Shortcuts. Amongst the items mentioned was
    Forward Delete = Contol + D
    Backspace = Control + H.

    Now, thanks to you, I now know Fn + Delete = Forward Delete.

    Sorry for any confusion. :eek:
    :apple:Jim:apple:
     
  4. dvince2 macrumors 6502

    dvince2

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    WOAH!

    Apparently :apple:+H when you have a window open hides the window? I just did it and safari dissapeared (similar to :apple:+W), but when you press on safari again, it opened up to exactly where I was.

    huh. the more you know...
     
  5. Illicit macrumors 6502

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    also :apple:+m to minimize the window and have it show in your dock.
    :apple:+h will hide any and all windows of an open application.
     

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