What's that key?

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  1. Mork macrumors 6502

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    This is a really simple question, but what key is it I'm supposed to use that I see in the shortcut menus that kind of looks like an elongated backwards Z?

    Thanks.
     
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  4. Gregg2 macrumors 603

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    System Preferences > Keyboard & Mouse > Keyboard > Modifier Keys....

    ...shows a partial list of symbols and what key they represent.
     
  5. Mork thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks.
     
  6. BlueRevolution macrumors 603

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    ⌘ = command
    ⌥ = option
    ⌃ = control
    ⇧ = shift
    ⇪ = caps lock
    ⎋ = escape
    ⌫ = delete (the one above the return key)
    ⌦ = forward delete (the one in the page up/down/home/end cluster)
    ⌧ = clear (I think, never seen it in a menu though)
    ⏎ = return

    I think that's all of them.
     
  7. Mork thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Cool, thanks for taking the time to list these!

    Much appreciated.

    -- M
     
  8. Gregg2 macrumors 603

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    Depending on your keyboard, of course. I only see one Delete key, between the "main section" and the number pad, in the group with arrows, pg up/dn, etc.

    I think that's all of them.
    Or almost... Tab is an arrow (shaft and tip) pointing to a vertical line.
    Backspace is the arrow without the vertical line.
    Does Space have a symbol?
    And if Caps Lock has a symbol, surely Num Lock does too! But, I don't know what it is.

    The thing is, if there's room, the keys should have both the name and the symbol, but it's a crapshoot.
     
  9. BlueRevolution macrumors 603

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    You're using a Windows keyboard, I take it? Macs refer to the Windows backspace key as "delete" as well.

    There is no backspace key on a Mac. The Mac equivalent is ⌫.

    Nope.

    No number lock key, either, except on laptop/mini keyboards. Full-size Mac keyboards have no other mode since they don't duplicate the arrow keys unnecessarily. Number lock is always hardware-based, so the computer doesn't know that it exists. (On the Mac side, anyway. I'm not sure how it works on Windows.)
     
  10. Mork thread starter macrumors 6502

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    You do a forward delete on the mac with "Fn + delete" (at least that's what works on my MBP).

    -- M
     
  11. BlueRevolution macrumors 603

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    Yeah, full-sized Mac keyboards have a separate forward delete key.
     
  12. Mork thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Nice. I really miss that.
     
  13. Gregg2 macrumors 603

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    I'm using a USB keyboard with a Mini. It has some Windows symbols on it, and some Mac symbols as well. I didn't think much of the Apple keyboards, including the comparative price tags.
     
  14. BlueRevolution macrumors 603

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    You should give the aluminum keyboards a chance. They require very little movement and finger pressure to activate a key, which is much easier on your hands. Couple that with my Dvorak keyboard layout and you have some serious ergonomic goodness.
     
  15. Gregg2 macrumors 603

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    Some say a Mechanical Keyboard is the best type to have. They are not cheap. This one advertises itself as the best on the planet, and users rave about it...

    http://www.daskeyboard.com/

    I may try an Apple aluminum keyboard some day, if the price comes down.
     
  16. BlueRevolution macrumors 603

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    I've thought about getting that one, but I don't know that the higher travel in the keys would do much for me after a year of using the Apple keyboard. It just seems easier to use a lighter touch.
     

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