A physical device with buttons that allow characters to be entered

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How to make the Backspace key to take me to the previous page in Safari 6?

Backspace/Delete ⌫ no longer works as a back button in Safari 6. How to make the Backspace key to take me to the previous page in Safari 6?
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Add Compose key to OS X

I want to change one of my keys on my keyboard to a Compose key so I can easily type common accents or characters, e.g.: Compose+e+' -> é. Is there a setting I can change or a program I can install ...
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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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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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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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how to make each display a separate space, yet have a keyboard shortcut to move both screens at the same time?

In OS X Mavericks, each display (ie monitor) has it's own space. There are many advantages to that. But then there are also advantages to the old way of doing it; i.e i want both my [monitor 1 - ...
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Keyboard shortcut for toggling between Fn and F keys

Is there a keyboard shortcut for toggling between Function and classic F keys?
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Possible to disable custom Javascript keybindings in Safari?

I have a couple of decades experience using Emacs, so the Emacs-like keybindings for text editing on Mac OS X are very nice. Unfortunately, some websites (ahem) choose to override these with ...
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How to disable/always allow assistive access on Mavericks?

I've been using this script (AppleScript) bound to a global hot key as an Automator Service to open new terminals using a global keyboard shortcut. After upgrade to OS X Mavericks when the ...
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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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Replacing shortcuts that use the eject key on MacBook Air lacking such a physical key?

I'm getting used to working on a MacBook Air this week and find myself wondering if I can systematically change the default system shortcuts to use the power button as a direct substitution for the ...
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Is there a sane way to emulate the newer media key behavior completely on an Apple Extended Keyboard II?

The operative word here being "completely". I recently found a nearly flawless (cosmetically and functionally) AEKII (Alps, not Mitsumis) on eBay and won it for $30. It's an awesome keyboard and it ...
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How can I download something with display turned off (Ctrl+Shift+Eject)?

In Lion I could just press Ctrl+Shift+Eject to turn off display on iMac. In Mountain Lion it looks like this shortcut turns off whole computer. It looks like sleeping mode. So my downloads stop when ...
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How to define Lion’s key variations in a `.keylayout` file?

In Lion you can hold down a key to show its variations. However, when using my custom keyboard layout in .keylayout format, this functionality is disabled. I assume Lion’s default keyboard layouts ...
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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 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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How to mute the microphone on Key-Down and unmute it on Key-Up?

What I would like to have is: By default the microphone should be muted When CapsLock is Down the microphone should unmute When CapsLock is Up the microphone should mute (Basically convert my ...
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How to disable accentuated char suggestion on long click on mac?

When pushing a key for a long time, you expect to print a lot of times the same char. Instead of that, I now have a popup suggesting all accentuated chars. How to disable that and come back to a ...
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connecting a PS2 keyboard to Mac

I have a keyboard that has only a PS2 interface. I tried setting a PS2 to USB connector over it and connected to Mac. The keyboard does not work. It works fine on a Windows XP though. Is there a way ...
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How to make a custom keyboard layout be recognized as Latin so I can remove the US default layout?

I have a custom keyboard layout which MacOSX doesn't recognize as Latin, so it doesn't allow me to remove the US default layout. I'd like to know what would make my layout be recognized as Latin. Is ...
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'Show Desktop' Mission Control/Expose Not Functioning

I have recently upgraded to OS X Lion. I have mapped the keys via Mission Control preFpane as follows: F9 is 'Mission Control', F10 is 'Show Desktop'. F11 is 'Application Windows' F9 and F11 works as ...
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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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keyboard no longer repeats keys when held down

I just wanted to make some input where I press a key and the auto-repeat function engages so I don't have to press the 0 key many times to make a long number. 10000000000000000000000000000 This has ...
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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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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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How can I set a keyboard shortcut that includes the backspace key?

My question is in the title: does OS X allow to set a shortcut with backspace, like Ctrl+Option ⌥+Command ⌘+backspace (in my case to an Automator service)? Edit: You might think "Try it yourself"; ...
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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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Where's the US-International keyboard on OS X 10.9 (Mavericks)?

On my old MacBook Pro, I mostly used the US-International keyboard, which used the Opt key to switch to a large set of markings. On my new MacBook Pro with OS X 10.9 (Mavericks), I can't find it. ...
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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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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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Use both Delete and Backspace in Macbook

Delete key in my MacBook Pro works as backspace in other Windows keyboards and Fn + Delete works as 'delete forward' as an ordinary delete key in Windows keyboard. How can I change the keyboard ...
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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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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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How to move window to different desktop via keyboard in Lion?

In Snow Leopard, to move a window to a different space, I had to use the mouse to select the window and use the keyboard to select the target space (e.g., ctrl + 1,2,3). In Lion, what keyboard (maybe ...
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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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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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Is there any way to programatically remap the keys in a Macbook running OSX Mavericks?

I want to remap the keys on my keyboard. I want to do it programatically, because I will use some logic to decide what to input. For example, when a user press "A" followed by "S", I will output "λ". ...
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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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Remap Mavericks alt key without external tools

For some reason the way you write an @ symbol doesn't work anymore. I'm on a german keyboard and it used to be ⌥L but now it is ⌃⌥L which is annoying as hell! Where are these kind of things stored? I ...
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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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Select word under cursor using a keyboard shortcut?

What is the keyboard shortcut to select a word that your typing cursor is currently on ? For example, if the word I want to select is World, while the typing cursor is between one of the letters of ...
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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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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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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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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 ...