A physical device with buttons that allow characters to be entered

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Powering on while the lid is closed in clamshell mode

For a recent MacBook Pro, lid closed, non-Apple keyboard: can I map some key (like F15) to be the same as the Apple power key so I can do a full shutdown and start up without opening the lid?
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Different key-maps/bindings for in-built keyboard and Bluetooth keyboard

I oft have to use a Windows keyboard with my Macbook. I have two different profiles in Karabiner, but I don't want to have to keep switching between them. How can I have different profiles apply to ...
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Is there a way to add shortcuts to open a particular folder in Save Dialogs and Finder Windows?

I know that when you're saving or opening a file ⌘ shift D shoots you to the Desktop folder, and pressing ⌘ shift D whilst using finder shoots you to the desktop folder as well. Is there a way to ...
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Wireless Keyboard disconnects

I am having a little trouble with my wireless keyboard. In the past 3 weeks it has disconnected 3 times and then reconnected after a few moments. The Magic Mouse is working fine alongside it, and the ...
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How to permanently delete text substitutions?

How do I permanently delete text substitutions from System Preferences > Keyboard > Text. I have deleted them several times using the (-) key, but they annoyingly reincarnate themselves after a ...
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Is there a way to make my MacBook Pro running Snow Leopard hibernate with a keyboard shortcut?

Is there a way to hibernate at all? I know if the battery dies when it's sleeping it hibernates, but is there a way to go directly to hibernate with a keyboard shortcut?
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Bind each keyboard layout to keys combination

There is a nice possibility to bind each keyboard layout to separate keys combination and switch between them. So you can assign, for instance, shortcut Alt-Shift-0 to "Select English", Alt-Shift-1 ...
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Shortcut to eject all external hard drives but not MobileBackups

So far I've been using the following AppleScript to eject all external drives at once conveniently using a shortcut: tell application "Finder" eject (every disk) end tell This script is is ...
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Auto completion of accents and tilde OSX

I've been working on macs for a couple of years now, and recently switched jobs (Software dev). Before when I was typing something like "e would not automatically merge into ë. This is really ...
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“Use Option as Meta key” with ability to type the # symbol

I am using Terminal version 2.5, where I have two requirements: I need to be able to type the <META> key. I need to be able to type the # character. How can I satisfy both of these? By ...
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Internal keyboard QWERTY; External Keyboard Dvorak

Is there a way to configure a MacBook Air running Lion (10.7.1) to recognize the internal keyboard as QWERTY, but to attach an external keyboard configured to use the Dvorak configuration?
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Ideas for reinstalling Mac OS X on a 2009 Macbook Pro whose shift key is constantly stuck down?

I have a Macbook Pro 13 inch from 2009 on which I spilt gin a few months ago. As a result the shift key is constantly stuck down. Initially, the problem was that I couldn't start the machine up, as ...
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Adding words to Hiragana input's dictionary

I am trying to figure out how to add new words to the Japanese dictionary. Specifically, my problem is, name of one of my friends is Manaka, spelled 愛可 (yes, that's 可愛い in reverse). Problem is, if ...
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How can I assign different characters to different keyboard shortcuts on Mac?

I am using Macbook Air with OS 10.8.2. I bought my MAC from the US, and then moved to another country. Therefore, I had to change my keyboard language. The problem is the keyboard layout is not the ...
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Is there a way to start a specific application with a keyboard short cut?

Sort of like the Windows+R command in the windows world? That actually just lets you run a command but you get the idea.
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Ctrl + Alt + Delete: Mac Equivalent?

Ctrl + Alt + Delete on Windows provides a variety of functions, the main one of interest being the Task Manager. Is there an equivalent keyboard shortcut & indeed Task Manager for carrying out ...
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Can home and end keys be mapped when using Terminal?

The home and end keys on a MacBook Pro can be emulated with fn + left arrow or fn + right arrow. Or when certain settings are changed, with the Command (Apple) key instead of fn. None of these ...
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Can I change the behavior of the Home and End keys on an Apple Keyboard with Numeric Keypad?

I just bought an "Apple Keyboard with Numeric Keypad", then I connected it to my Macbook Pro running Lion. But the home and end key under the F14 key doesn't work as I expected. Say in "Pages", the ...
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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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How to increase keyboard key repeat rate on OS X?

I know how to set the key repeat rate using System Preferences > Keyboard but it looks that the fastest settings is not enough. Is there any way to speed up even more? I do not know if others ...
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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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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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Changing modifier keys from the command line

As a heavy Emacs user, I like to remap my Caps Lock key to function as the Ctrl key. There is a convenient dialog in the Keyboard Preference Pane to do that. But the problem is that this setting ...
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Is there a list somewhere of all the special characters I can type using the option key?

OS X lets me type special characters directly on the keyboard by holding the Option. For example: — is an em dash, “ and ” are curvy quotes, etc. Is there a good cheat sheet listing all these keys ...
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Remove shift key augmentation for Mission Control animation

I recently upgraded to Mountain Lion and all of a sudden my key bindings for Sublime Text 2 multi-selection editing are no longer working. Specifically, I had key bindings set up for Ctrl+Shift+Up/...
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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 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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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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How to set screen resolution with a keyboard shortcut on Retina MBP?

I've found myself switching between the 1440x900 and 1920x1200 "effective resolution" setting depending on what I'm doing (need more space on screen, etc). Is there a way to toggle between these two ...
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How to open or toggle Keyboard Viewer by a keyboard shortcut?

I changed the shortcut to Command ⌘ + X to change the language of the keyboard. However I would like to display the Keyboard Viewer using a shortcut as well. Is there a way to display the Keyboard ...
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MBP Lock screen hotkey without sleeping?

I'd like to press a key combo to get my computer to the lock screen. In Windows the shortcut was Windows key + L. On Mac I press CMD+ALT+Power which turns the laptop off and puts it into sleep. I want ...
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How do I send C-/ (that is, control-slash) to the terminal?

I'm trying to run Emacs in a terminal. I've turned on the "use option as meta" in terminal preferences and so it's about 95% working right. The key sequence ctrl-/ (or in Emacs notation C-/) is "undo"...
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How can I add reminders via the command line?

Once in a while it may be useful to add some reminders to Reminders.app from the command line — especially because they are synced to iCloud. Is there any way to do so? A solution that does not rely ...
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Can I use a PC/Mac keyboard as a Bluetooth keyboard for iPhone?

I'm wondering about the feasibility of using my iMac's built-in bluetooth as a source for keyboard input to my iphone. There are times I want to type longer messages in my iphone, i keep a bluetooth ...
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How to ssh from iPad with external keyboard and Emacs?

I am thinking about retiring my portable for an iPad + keyboard. (With Amazon/Linode/etc as server.) I tried the iSSH app and ran Emacs in a terminal (not X Windows), using the Apple external ...
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Built-In Trackpad and Keyboard Unresponsive after Sleep or Restart

I have a MacBook Pro (15-inch, Early 2008) that's currently running 10.7.3. I've been finding that it will intermittently freeze and then I have to shut down and restart the computer, but sometimes ...
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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 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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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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mapping external keyboard keys to mac keys

Is there a software, command or way to know what keys from an external non apple keyboard are being mapped to which mac keys? And also is there a way to remap the shortcut keys of my keyboard: back, ...
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How to get overview of keyboard shortcuts from OS X?

I would like to know about keyboard shortcuts, that is, shortcuts that are mentioned nowhere in the menus, nor anywhere, and must be found by stumbling upon them in sites like these, but still work. ...
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Open terminal using a keyboard shortcut

I am using Alfred and hence I don't have any use for the Cmd+Space keyboard shortcut. I want to invoke terminal using that shortcut. Just like in Ubuntu, when you press Ctrl+Alt+T, is there a way to ...
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Why does my keyboard switch language in most input fields on the web?

I'm basically using US keyboard as my default, but I also have enabled Czech (QWERTY), which has quite different layout for when I need those special characters. The problem is, that in the past few ...
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How to remove caps lock delay on Apple MacBook Pro aluminum keyboard

Apple's MacBook Pro has a slight delay on the caps lock key. That is, the caps lock key has to be held down slightly longer than normal to register the key press required to engage the caps lock. ...
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Can I restore pre-Mavericks power key behavior?

Mavericks changed the behavior of my MacBook Air's power key to put the Air to sleep immediately when pressed briefly. Prior to Mavericks, the power key would summon the Shut Down dialog. As ...
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How to create a simple keyboard macro with Automator?

How can I use the built in tool, Automator (rather than a 3rd party app), to create a simple keyboard macro? For example, I want it to press Cmd-Shift Left, then Cmd-U, then Right, etc. I tried ...
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What is the meaning of the “§” symbol (on the upper left corner of the mac keyboard)?

The title says it all, but I'll repeat it here: What is the meaning of the "§" symbol (on the upper left corner of the mac keyboard) as highlighted in the image here? Apparently, this is not ...
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Auto change keyboard layout based on application focus

I basically use US keyboard for programming and Spanish for everything else, and I´m always switching keyboard layout when I change from browser to VIM or console. In Linux (gnome), keyboard layout ...
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What is the function of the power button on the Apple Wireless Keyboard?

What does the power button on the Apple Wireless Keyboard do? When it is paired to a MacBook in clamshell mode, does pushing the power button put the MacBook to sleep, wake it up, or have some other ...
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How to get Mavericks 10.9.1 to remember external keyboard modifier keys

When I upgraded to Mavericks I discovered that my external keyboard modifier keys (for multiple wireless keyboards) were no longer mapped as they had been before. I was able to fix this by going in to ...