I cannot seem to find out how to hit the ctrl key on a Mac. When I open a terminal and I want to exit an editor such as nano as I cannot since I don't know how to exit and save. How would I do this? I am using OS X 10.5.
Different keyboard layouts have used different labels on the CTRL or Control key. It might be marked
I've created an instructional video on how to press the control key on a mid-2011 MacBook Air.
When working in the editor nano (within Terminal) your ctrl key combinations are listed at the bottom of said terminal window.
The key combinations you are searching for are:
ctrl + o = Save (Will provide a prompt to chose name to save as)
ctrl + x = Exit
Other popular combinations while on the standard nano editor are:
ctrl + g = Get Help
ctrl + r = Read file (Insert file from specific location)
ctrl + k = Cut Text (Will cut the entire line of text that your cursor is on)
ctrl + w = Where Is (Search current nano page)
ctrl + c = Current Position (Locates the current position your cursor is on and reports the line column and character)
Have you ever done a ^c to exit a program? It's the same key that the caret stands for. On my keyboard it is on the bottom left of the keyboard. CTRL stands for control, which is what is written on the key. If that doesn't work, try checking the System Preferences to see if it is enabled.