Ask Different is a question and answer site for power users of Apple hardware and software. It's 100% free, no registration required.

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

I want to use only the delete key in order to delete files in Finder — no key combinations.

So far, I have been unable to find a configuration entry or even a 3rd party app that allow me to change the default behavior of OSX.

I'm using several systems, and OS X is only one of them. Having some consistency is great. I really want that behavior as it seems straightforward to me that the delete key actually delete.

Does someone have a solution?

share|improve this question
    
but the delete key is really the backspace key.. so does it really make sense to have it delete things? – Sam Axe Feb 1 '13 at 5:57
    
On my keyboard, both what is equivalent to backspace and delete key on a PC are labeled delete (this is an apple keyboard). – deadalnix Feb 1 '13 at 6:05
    
Ah. I've a macbook pro and it only has a single key labeled "delete" - but it actually performs the backspace function. – Sam Axe Feb 1 '13 at 17:37

This would make forward delete (fn+delete) move files to trash:

defaults write com.apple.finder NSUserKeyEquivalents -dict-add 'Move to Trash' '\U007F'

It also makes ⌦ move files to trash when renaming files though. The same method doesn't work for delete (⌫).

You could also use KeyRemap4MacBook to change ⌫ to ⌘⌫ in Finder, but it would make renaming files and editing text even more difficult.

Even if you could change it in Finder, there would still be other places where just delete wouldn't work.

share|improve this answer
    
This is clearly a step forward, even if the drawback is quite important. Before I set this up, how can I undo it (if the drawback ends up worse than the problem) ? – deadalnix Feb 1 '13 at 8:31
1  
Run defaults delete com.apple.finder NSUserKeyEquivalents and relaunch Finder. – user495470 Feb 1 '13 at 8:48

Try presbutan http://briankendall.net/presButan/ it should get you what you want.

share|improve this answer

We're looking for long answers that provide some explanation and context. Don't just give a one-line answer; explain why your answer is right, ideally with citations. Answers that don't include explanations may be removed.

    
Will try, thanks. I still don't have a solution to this day :) – deadalnix May 18 at 21:15

Your Answer

 
discard

By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.