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Can I assign a keyboard shortcut to bring up the Mac OS X Login Window?

I’d like to assign an “Every Application” keyboard shortcut to bring up the login window, for when I step away from my computer. Is there a way to do this? (Lion-only methods are fine.)
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Is there a keyboard shortcut to cycle between windows in the current space?

When I have two applications open side-by-side in the same space, I'd like to be able to swap between them quickly with the keyboard. I can use Command+Tab, but often I land on an application in a ...
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Can you pair Mac AND iPad with same Apple Wireless Keyboard?

Can you pair both a Mac and an iPad 2 with the same Apple wireless keyboard, but not at the same time? Or do you have to un-pair one, and then pair it with the other?
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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 ...
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New email message with a global keyboard shortcut

I got, for the first time in my life, a Mac this Christmas and I was wondering if it is possible to create system-wide keyboard shortcut. No matter what app I is using, is there a way to configure a ...
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How to remap delete and shift+delete keys to delete and permanently delete a file in Mac OS X Lion?

I would like to delete and permanently delete a file in finder using del and shift+delete (windows style). Is there any way to remap this in OS X lion?
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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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Keyboard shortcut for switching between open windows [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Best app to switch between all open windows (alternatives to Witch) On Windows and Linux one can switch between open windows by pressing Alt+Tab. On the Mac pressing ...
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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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Is there a keyboard short cut to edit a cell in Numbers?

Back when I used Excel you could easily do all the navigation and editing on a spreadsheet with the keyboard. I could navigate around with the arrow keys and hit F2 to edit a cell and start typing. ...
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How can I rename a song in iTunes with a keyboard shortcut?

I can hit the up and down arrows to navigate a playlist in iTunes 10.5 but hitting F2 doesn't allow me to rename a song. I have to grab the mouse and do a finicky click, wait, click to highlight the ...
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Displaying minimised windows

When I minimize safari, finder or Firefox windows, they move down to the dock. When I use Command + Tab , to move back to them, the minimized windows don't appear, just the top menu bar is changed. I ...
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Where is the F13 button on my MacBook Pro?

I was looking through the System Preferences for Mission Control in OS X Lion (10.7). One of the options had F13 in it but I couldn't find it anywhere. Where is it?
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How to type telnet escape character in OS X terminal

Escape character is '^]'. How does one type that? On Finnish/Swedish keyboard Alt-9 is ], but Ctrl-Alt-9 gives just 9. (For non-scandinavians, [] and {} are Alt-8/9 and Shift-Alt-8/9 respectively ...
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Is there a way to access the menubar icons using the keyboard?

I know how to use the menu items using only the keyboard. Is there anyway I can access the icons in the top right as well?
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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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Text to Speech shortcuts with two languages

I use Mac's Text to Speech function a lot. Under Settings > Speech > Text to Speech I also have set a "Key" for quick access. Since I also want Text to Speech to read German and OS Lion offers ...
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How can I tell exactly what keys are being pressed on the Mac?

At the moment I'm trying to remote control my machine and command and ctrl do not seem to be working properly. Is there some type of 'keyboard sniffer' functionality so I can see exactly what is and ...
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Terminal shortcut keys

I've recently immigrated from Ubuntu to Mac OSX Snow Leopard. I use the terminal (iterm2) extensively, and I am a great fan of shortcut keys. The standard shortcut keys (which work in any GUI ...
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How does one type an “É” (capital e acute) in the French keyboard layout in Mac OS X?

I've searched the web for a method to type an "É" character with a french keyboard layout in firefox. It appears I'm supposed to type ⌥+E, and then ⇧+E to achieve this, but as soon as I ...
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Why my application icons wiggle when I press ALT key in Launchpad?

I tried Launchpad first time today and went through the common modifier keys & their combinations to see if some hidden options appear. When I pressed ⌥ ALT all the apps started wiggling. What ...
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Global keyboard shortcut conflicts

I just installed a menubar application and would like to assign a global keyboard shortcut to one of its operations. Is there any easy way to determine if the key combination I want to use conflicts ...
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Re-enabling virtual iPad keyboard with paired Bluetooth keyboard

I have an Apple bluetooth keyboard (A1255) paired to my iPad. Pressing the keyboard's eject button lets me hide or display the virtual keyboard. It makes sense to hide it with the external keyboard ...
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Change search Google in Safari to use Firefox

Cmd+Shift+L searches for the selected text in Google using Safari. Can I change this to use Firefox instead?
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How can I stop iTunes 10 launching when pressing the Play/Pause buttons?

When I'm watching a movie and I press the "play" button, iTunes 10 launches. How can I keep this from happening?
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Bluetooth peripherals randomly disconnecting under Mavericks

I've scoured the internet to try to find a solution to this bizarre problem (similar problems here and here and here), but have unfortunately failed so far. I'm running OS X 10.9.1 on an early-2013 ...
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How to swap command and option modifier keys with a script in OS X Lion

I use a PC usb keyboard with my macbook. So, I've gone into System Preferences > Keyboard > Modifier Keys... and swapped command and option for the usb keyboard. This puts those keys in the ...
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Can a Mac boot when the right shift key is broken in the pressed position?

Here's the thing, the right shift key of my macbook is stuck, so it always boots in safe mode once I turn the machine on. Worse, I cannot log in since my password has lower case letters. I tried ...
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Toggle the keyboard language by *holding* a button?

On my Linux computer, my keyboard switches from English to Serbian when I hold the Caps Lock key. For example, to write č all I have to do is hold Caps Lock, and press the key where č is on the ...
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How can you customize the keyboard layout / shortcuts?

I've recently migrated from Ubuntu to Mac, but one of the features that I'm lacking most is the keyboard layout for alternative languages. I don't like to switch keyboard layouts all the time, yet at ...
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Is there a shortcut for setting labels in Finder?

How can I set a label on a folder with a keyboard shortcut from the finder?
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US International (AltGr dead keys) layout on Mac OS X?

everyone. On Linux there is a layout called US International (AltGr dead keys), which converts the right Alt key into an AltGr key. AltGr+a gives á, AltGr-Shift-a gives Á, AltGr-m gives µ, and AltGr-' ...
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How do I maximize window after I've minimize them?

I'm a new Mac user and I regularly minimize windows using the Command + M shortcut. Is there a keyboard shortcut to restore these windows?
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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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Is it possible to assign custom Keyboard Shortcuts to Styles in Pages 5.0?

In the previous Pages release there used to be the possibility to assign keyboard shortcuts to styles, although limited to the F1..F8 keys. Apparently this feature is missing from the freshly ...
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Keyboard Shortcuts for “Compress” or “New Folder with Selection”?

Has anybody found a decent solution to this? Custom keyboard shortcuts (as defined in System Preferences > Keyboard) don't work for any dynamic menus like Compress XX items or (new in Lion) New Folder ...
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Change keyboard shortcut for {} and [] in German keyboard layout

I'm new to Mac and using a Macbook Air with Lion and a German keyboard. From my PC I'm used to other keyboard shortcuts for {} and []. Currently it's alt + 8,9 for {} and alt + 5,6 for []. Can I ...
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Binding a keyboard shortcut to shut down

I want to bind a gesture in BetterTouchTool to the shut down menu that is invoked by pressing the power button on my MacBook Air. It's fairly simple to bind gestures to keyboard shortcuts, so what ...
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How can one invoke a keyboard shortcut from within an AppleScript?

I need to invoke a keyboard shortcut from within an AppleScript code, later to be used as a startup item (i.e. the alternative to having to press something at every log in).
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Run an AppleScript by using a keyboard shortcut

I need to run an AppleScript using a keyboard shortcut. How can I do that? I think about Save AppleScript in textual format. Use Keyboard Maestro to launch 'osascript' to run the script when the ...
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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 ...
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Switching between windows of one application in multiple spaces

I know you can use command + ` to switch between windows in one program in one space. But this is only in the one space, if you have other windows from the same App in different spaces ... it won't ...
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Are there third-party keyboards that have the Apple layout?

Apple keyboards are different than PC keyboard because the Command ⌘ and Option/Alt ⌥ keys are switched. This causes a workflow disruption for me, because I use keyboard shortcuts for everything. I ...
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Chrome: Keyboard shortcut to go to address bar?

I just recently switched from Windows and *nix to OSX, and I miss being able to hit F6 to go straight to my Address Bar. What's the OSX equivalent?
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What's the purpose of the eject button on the MacBook Air?

I was interested to see that the power button on the new Airs has been moved to the keyboard, and was anticipating that it would just replace the eject key that has traditionally taken up that ...
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How do I turn off the Front Row keyboard shortcut?

I keep accidentally hitting Command+Esc and bringing up Front Row. How can I disable this shortcut?
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Can I use a non-Apple keyboard with OS X?

Recently I've been thinking about the idea of migrating from PC to Mac, specifically Mac Mini. The biggest issue however is hardware, since I'm not sure what will and what won't work on OS X. First ...
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command-backspace deletes a whole line. Is there a way to disable this?

When I type command-backspace in a Cocoa text field, it deletes everything from the start of the current line to the cursor point. Can this be disabled? It's driving me nuts because I hit it all the ...
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How might text be selected while typing the login password on my Mac?

When I wake up my Mac I am presented with the login screen. I begin typing my password in the empty password text box. After typing the first few characters, the password text becomes highlighted ...
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Prevent OS X from switching my keyboard layout when password fields are focused

Some months ago, I switched to the Colemak keyboard layout, which is mostly great. But, there is one annoyance that is imposed by OS X. When the OS pops up a confirmation dialog to ask me to type my ...