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Apple has a keyboard with a numpad. What does the clear key on the top left of the numpad do? Is it different from the delete key, if so, how is it different?

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The standard OS X behaviour is for it to act similar to a delete key, but only when text is selected. It won't delete forwards or backwards like the standard delete keys. It also acts as a standard clear button in the Calculator app. This can vary by app however - in Excel for example, it functions identically to the backspace key.

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It seems to do the same thing that Escape does in Calculator. – Senseful Nov 29 '12 at 4:33

I just found out by accident that it is also equivalent to clicking the cancel button on dialogs.

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