A physical device with buttons that allow characters to be entered

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Mimic Xcode's camelCase selection keyboard shortcuts in OS X

I spend a very large amount of time editing text in Xcode, and I would like maneuvering around text within the rest of the Cocoa Text System to offer an identical experience. There are 3 versions of ...
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Why does the enter/return key rename a file/folder, instead of opening it? [closed]

Is there some sort of known logic behind Apple's choice to make the enter key rename a file/folder, rather than open it as is standard on Windows and Linux? For those of you coming here for the ...
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How can I make Safari cmd+number shortcut switch tabs instead of opening the bookmark associated with that number?

I'm used to switching tabs with cmd+x where x is a number and takes me to tab x in firefox and pretty much every other browser I've ever used. I like safari's speed and would like to try it a bit, but ...
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How do I disable the Minimize (command-M) shortcut in Mavericks?

I want to unset the Cmd+M shortcut but I can't seem to find it. I've checked System Preferences > Keyboard > Shortcuts but no luck there. I've even tried running defaults write -g ...
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How can I expand the number of special characters I can type using my keyboard?

I am aware that when I press ⌥ or ⇧⌥ on my Mac, I can type a variety of special characters. I also know that I can insert special characters using the character palette. Is there a way to expand the ...
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Is there a shortcut to expand all folders in Finder's list view?

I have my Finder window set up to display in "list" view so that it shows all folders with triangles on the left to click to expand. I have a number of levels of nested folders. Is there any way ...
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How do I take a screenshot on my Mac?

What's the easiest way to take a screenshot of my Mac? I've used Grab.app, but it's a bit annoying just to get a quick screenshot. Is there a faster way?
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What is the Mac keyboard key with a symbol ⌅ of an up arrow pointing into a horizontal line?

On a Mac, symbols are often used for keys rather than names. In Adobe Indesign for Mac, the keyboard shortcuts for inserting various break characters are described using what looks like an up arrow / ...
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Where is the insert key on a MacBook Air?

I am trying to edit a line of code within a program that I use for work. I need to use the insert key to be able to add additional spaces that I can then type letters, numbers or characters. How to ...
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Control-F2 “Move Focus to Menu Bar” only works occasionally

I don't want to use my trackpad too much due to a strain injury, hence I use the Control F2 "Move Focus to Menu Bar" a lot. However this feature only works occasionally, it can work for hours and ...
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How to type in the tilde character '~' with an apple international keyboard?

I am a French developer, used to the French keyboard layout. Being a developer, I invested recently in an Apple international keyboard. Having a french keyboard, typing in the tilde '~' character was ...
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Restore functionality of Escape key in Finder (Mavericks)

It's always been possible to remove focus from all selected files in Finder by pressing the ⎋ Escape key. It would appear that this is no longer possible in OS X Mavericks. I navigate the Finder ...
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Switching from Ubuntu to OS X and I'm lost

Situation I got tired of some bugs/annoyments in Ubuntu(=some programs coming along with it). For example after using compiz for a few days I found bugs that were distracting my work flow pretty bad ...
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Sharing a Bluetooth Keyboard and Mouse sequentially between two Macs

I work out of my house where I have two computers: a mid-2010 Macbook Pro (for my day job) and a mid-2010 iMac (personal). During the workday, my iMac acts as a second display for my Macbook Pro via ...
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How can I switch dialog buttons using the keyboard?

Whenever I'm trying to close a file that has been changed, I get the save file dialog I remember that the Don't Save button used to have focus, so I could press it using Spacebar, while pressing ...
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How do you position your hand to use the command key? What finger do you use?

Sorry in advance about what seems like a trivial question. However, I've recently switched from PC to Mac, and while I'm really happy about the switch, this is one of the few issues I'm struggling ...
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How can I launch screensaver with a keyboard shortcut?

I've looked around but can't seem to find any good answers. Would appreciate any pointers.
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How can I set up a keyboard shortcut for switching input source?

I have to change my language option very often. It is hard when I write something with combination of both "English" & "Bangla", because I have to change that option rapidly. Is there any way to ...
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How can I change Fn keys usage based on application?

I would like to know if there is any application that can enable you use use Fn keys differently based on the current application. For example in terminal or you favourite IDE you want to use them as ...
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AutoHotkey Equivalent for OS X?

Is there an equivalent product/method for AutoHotkey. For those that don't know, its a product that allows you to program your mouse movements and keyboard. This allows me to "macro" certain functions ...
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How do you type Theta on a Mac?

I know option o comes out to ø? So I have been using that as my theta. But I would love to know how to type Theta for a mac?
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How do you type a true minus sign (not a hyphen) on a Mac?

I'm looking for one of those ⌥+? shortcuts to type a minus sign (−) from the keyboard, without touching the mouse. I'm looking for the minus sign (−). It should have the same width as a plus ...
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Lock keyboard in lion

Is there a way to lock the keyboard in Lion? By "lock keyboard" I mean some way to make the computer ignore almost any keypresses, except some special "unlock" sequence. Maybe an OS X feature or ...
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Make Mac OS X “Option-Arrow” work like Windows “Ctrl-Arrow”

I rely on the "Ctrl-→" command on Windows to navigate my way through text documents. This useful key-combo will quickly bring me to the beginning of the next word. For example, the following ...
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How to switch between fullscreen applications in OSX (Mavericks)

I use a lot of different spaces for my fullscreen applications to get me focus on the different tasks I have to do. For example, I have a space with my mail app, subversion app, safari and so on. To ...
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Is there a keyboard shortcut to bring up Finder?

Is there a default keyboard shortcut to start a new Finder window? If not, is there a way to assign one? I tried System preferences/App Shortcuts/Shortcuts and created a new item Finder, and assigned ...
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How do I simulate the Insert key in Windows on a MacBook Pro?

Note: This question is how to send an Insert keypress to Microsoft Windows running directly on Apple hardware. This is not about how to use Insert in OS X or through OS X to Windows running in a ...
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My keyboard stopped repeating - how to fix?

I have both an internal and external keyboard but the key-repeat has stopped working. I've tried changing both 'Key Repeat' and 'Delay Until Repeat' as shown below but no setting seems to be helping. ...
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OS X right click/context menu via keyboard

Is it possible to access the right click/context menu of the currently selected item (not the item under the mouse) by way of using a keyboard shortcut? If not, is there any way to achieve this, ...
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How to disable Mavericks' emoji shortcut

The shortcut control-command-space in Mavericks opens a panel with Emojis. I'd like to use it for another application (Divvy), but it complains that it is already used by a system-wide keyboard ...
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How to switch between different Chrome windows with keyboard shortcuts?

Switching between applications is easy with command-tab. Switching between tabs is easy with command-} or control-tab. Switching between separate windows within an application is easy with ...
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Switch between full-screen windows of the same application in Lion

Is there a keyboard shortcut in Lion for navigating through my open full screen Xcode projects? ⌘~ is not working.
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How to reverse the F keys default functionality

I am newbie Mac user and I recently stumbled upon this annoying F6 problem: when I debug in Xcode or Eclipse, I must use fn+F6 to run the debugger. By default, F6 is the function key to adjust the ...
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Can I turn off the screen with a keyboard shortcut?

One of the first customizations I make in Windows is to install WinBubble, an awesome piece of software that lets me add an option the the right-click menu of the desktop: 'Turn Off Monitor.' It's ...
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Is there a keyboard shortcut for launching Activity Monitor?

I can't seem to find a shortcut for launching the activity monitor. Does it have one?
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How can I show typing keyboard in record screen

When I record the screen on a Mac, how can I show keyboard typing in the same image (as shown below)? Is there particular screen recording software or settings that will do this?
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Disable Command-M to minimize window

On my keyboard layout, the M key is right next to the W key: This can be problematic at times because occasionally I will accidentally press Command-M instead of Command-W, causing the window to be ...
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OS X: disable CMD-H or “Hide App” command?

I never (intentionally) hide an app with ⌘H, which could be rebound for each app (e.g. Finder), but this is obviously the wrong approach. So, (how) can you disable ⌘H for application-hiding in one ...
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Where does Apple's predictive keyboard get it's “contextual” content from?

So I was playing around with the iOS 8, when I notice that upon typing "new" anywhere, the predictive keyboard suggests the term "NewTerm". I recall using this word in a tweet, so I brushed it off. ...
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Mail.app - keyboard shortcuts to move mail and jump to folder

I'm coming to Mail.app with a background using both Outlook (on the PC) and GMail. In every mail client I've used, there are easy keyboard shortcuts to do these: jump to any folder I want, just by ...
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Volume Keys not working with HDMI audio on mac OSX Lion?

I have a mac mini 2011 with OSX Lion. And I have connected my monitor (with integrated speakers) through hdmi port. The sound is working fine, but the volume keys on the keyboard don't work. When I ...
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How do I disable the Command-Control-D word definition keyboard shortcut in OS X Lion?

Mac OS X Lion introduced a new feature where in many applications you can press (Command-Control-D) to produce a popup with the definition for the word under the mouse cursor. A side effect of this ...
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Create a new (.txt) File in Finder - Keyboard Shortcut

I wanted to know if there is way to set keyboard shortcuts to make new files in Finder. For example, by default, you can create a new folder using CMD+Shift+N. Is there a keyboard shortcut to create a ...
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Thunderbolt Display does not recognize USB keyboard

I have a Macbook Pro which I use in combination with a Thunderbolt display. I also have a standard Apple USB keyboard with numeric keypad which is plugged in one of the USB ports of the Thunderbolt ...
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Is it possible to completely disable the keyboard backlight on a MacBook Pro?

I have a new MacBook Pro 13-inch (mid 2012). I have never liked the backlit keyboard. I am completely a touch-typist and I never look down at the keys. I just find the light going on and off to be ...
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What does the ⌧ button do?

I just bought a wired mac keyboard. Where I would expect numlock to be, it has a key with this mysterious symbol on: ⌧ (a rectangular box with a cross through it) What is this button?
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With the “small” Mac keyboard, how to simulate a HOME, END, and PageUp, PageDown key?

My desk is a little too narrow for the long type of Apple keyboard -- the one that has the keypad and the Home ↖, End ↘, Page Up ⇞, Page Down ⇟ keys... (it will take up the space for the mouse). So ...
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What is the ⌥ key?

Is this key the same as shift? If so, why don't people just call it shift? I spent a long time looking around for what this key means. Google returned no results. My MacBook Air keyboard does not ...
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How do I make ⌘← and ⌘→ work for home/end combo for Terminal?

Why does fn-⇧-→ (or others) do a home/end in Terminal but a ⌘-→ works everywhere else? So just to be clear the question is how to make Terminal take Command + ← and → for home and end?
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How to make right click using keyboard?

Is there any keyboard short-cut or key for Mac to make mouse right click? It feels me very frustrating to touch the mouse every time to view options. Is there any way like windows option key?