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I have used Microsoft Windows for 15+ years and am a highly keyboard-centric user. My wife uses both iMac and MacBook Pro, which means a full keyboard and a MacBook keyboard. Occasionally, I use her computers to see if I can migrate to Apple world. Web-surfing and video-watching are okay, but I find myself stressed by using MacBook keyboards and Mac when I work. Please teach me how I can do the following jobs or solve these problems:

  1. Home, End : When I edit text (like in MS Word) in Windows, I many times use Shift+Home to select a line if I am at the end of the line, or Shift+End to select a line if I am at the beginning of the line. I am not with a Mac now so I can't remember, but I remember such a line-selecting resulted in a different result in Mac. I guess it went to the page top with Home. Can I change Mac keyboard setting so that I get the same behavior for line selection?

  2. How can I do the above line selection task using a MacBook keyboard (with no visible home/end keys)?

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@Lri Thanks for the post. The post also led to a key binding software, cocoabits.com/KeyBindingsEditor –  FEQ Oct 4 '11 at 19:58
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Lion now has the behavior you expect in #3.

To do line selection, use command and the left and right arrow keys. Add shift to select. (Command-left to replace Home, Command-right to replace End.)

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arrow keys should work, but I prefer working with home and end keys, to avoid pressing arrow, arrow, arrow, arrow, arrow ... or arroooooooooooooooooooooooooooow. –  FEQ Oct 4 '11 at 20:00
    
Thanks for the information re #3. I'm glad that Lion behave like it! –  FEQ Oct 4 '11 at 20:01
    
holding command and arrows keys make them act as page up/down and home/end keys. Never knew anyone ever used those though, seems so inefficient –  XAleXOwnZX Oct 4 '11 at 21:23
    
@XAleXOwnZX I never learned to use home/end and page up/down, so the command-arrow stuff is very natural. I hold Command with my index finger and hit the arrow keys with my ring or pinky fingers. –  CajunLuke Oct 4 '11 at 21:49
    
@Chang Hold Command and hit the left arrow is the same as Home on Windows - no need for multiple arrow key presses. –  CajunLuke Oct 4 '11 at 21:50

You select a line on a Mac by holding , Shift (to start the selection), and or .

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