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I know this:

  • Fn + backspace - "del" key (delete letter to the right) <-- where's the Fn key in the MBP?
  • Alt + backspace - Delete last word
  • Command + backspace - Delete whole line

Now... there is no Fn Key on a MacBook Pro. What key combination should I use, or it's a matter of simply: It's not possible?

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There is a Fn key on the MacBook Pro - it's in the lower-left-hand corner. All MacBook Pros have it. – CajunLuke Jun 12 '11 at 1:32
What keyboard is physically installed? The function key is lowest and leftmost on the US keyboard. It might be moved on some international keyboards. – bmike Jun 12 '11 at 20:51
@bmike Yeah, it must be missing on some international keyboards; I looked at balexandre's profile and from that checked the Danish and Portuguese MacBook Pro keyboards and they both had Fn keys, so it must be some other version. – Matthew Frederick Jun 13 '11 at 2:21
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As an alternative to Fn+delete, you can also use control+D to trigger a forward-delete, at least in most places. Some older apps may not support it, apparently.

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Cocoa apps and other apps that use standard system text fields should accept the Ctrl-D shortcut. – CajunLuke Jun 12 '11 at 1:32

I use crtl + K to kill the rest of the line, effectivly deleting all text after the cursor on that line.

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MacBook Pro 2006 Non-Unibody Fn Key

Edited based on the comment:

2006 Non-Unibody MacBook Pro Fn Key Location

MacBook Pro 2011 Fn Key

I suspect you've just missed it, as noted in CajunLuke's comment. I checked several international keyboards as well.


13 inch MacBook Pro Fn Key


15 inch MacBook Pro Fn Key


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I have a pre-unibody MBP 15'' – balexandre Jun 12 '11 at 16:29
@balexandre Ah, sorry, for some strange reason I thought you wrote that it was a 2011 MacBook Pro. – Matthew Frederick Jun 12 '11 at 20:33
@balexandre I've edited my answer to show the location of the Fn key on the 2006 non-unibody MacBook Pro. What key do you have there instead? – Matthew Frederick Jun 12 '11 at 20:44
+10 for the awesome pictures. It must be an international keyboard or have had the keycaps replaced for Fn to be missing. – bmike Jun 12 '11 at 20:52

My MacBook Pro had a Fn key at lower left, and the pictures I can find confirm this (the keyboard changed several times and mine was an early model).

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Don't forget the software keyboard viewer in case your hardware key for function is moved or you might have an international keyboard instead of the standard US layout.

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