A physical device with buttons that allow characters to be entered

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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 ...
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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 can I insert symbols on iPad or iPhone?

How can I insert symbols like copyright or degree symbols?
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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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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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Emacs on Mac OS X - To Alt or Command?

It's official. I love to hate Emacs on Mac OS X. No matter what I do, I get a thorn in side. When I try to write \ using Alt + Shift + 7 I get errors because Alt == Meta in Emacs. If I bind the ...
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Option + click in iTerm

In Terminal, Option + click allows me to place my cursor at any point on the current line-- great for editing really long commands. How can I do this in iTerm2? Update: According to this page, the ...
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Move windows around a desktop — and to different desktops — using only the keyboard?

Here's what I'm trying to accomplish using only a keyboard: Move a window to different areas/corners of a desktop Move a window to different desktops Set/unset a window as shown/sticky on all ...
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How can I configure the keyboard layout for the FileVault 2 unlock screen?

I installed Mac OS X Lion and enabled FileVault to have a full disk encryption of my system disk. I bought my Mac with a French keyboard (since I'm French and used to this layout) but my Mac is ...
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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 can I switch option (alt) and command (windows) keys for Windows 7 in Boot Camp?

Installed Windows 7 via Bootcamp for some work-related projects. I've also installed the Apple Bootcamp drivers from the OS X install disk and updated to the latest version. It mapped all my keys just ...
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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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Remapping keyboard shortcuts in Chrome and Firefox

I recently switched from Windows to Mac. One of the things that's really ingrained in my muscle memory is hitting Alt+D in a browser to go to the address bar. On Mac browsers, ⌘+D creates a ...
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Why does my keyboard language switch on website password fields?

Using a Mac with Mavericks, I have keyboard setup to Hebrew. Then, when I click in the password field, it switches it back to English and Hebrew is disabled. I saw that another question says to ...
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Why is there a groove line on the “F” and “J” keys on Apple keyboards?

If you look at Apple's keyboards nowadays, you'll see that on the "F" and "J" keys there is a little groove line under the letter. Why does this exist? What purpose does it serve?
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Why isn't Alt-Tab working for switching windows of the same app?

In my MacBook Pro running Lion, I use Command + Tab to switch apps, and Alt1 + Tab for switching windows within an app. In my work iMac, also running Lion, Alt + Tab isn't doing anything, and I can't ...
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What's the Mac equivalent for CTR+ALT+Backspace on Linux?

I need to regularly shutdown brutally my Mac, due to program misbehavior (Starcraft 2 and EVE Online), which take control of the graphics and never surrender it back. While I admire the tenacity of ...
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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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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 to minimize all windows/applications to the dock?

⌥+⌘+M as mentioned in multiple docs only appears to minimize the current (focused) window. I am looking for the "Show Desktop" equivalent. If it matters I'm using 10.6.4.
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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 ...
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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 backquote on the iPhone keyboard?

Is there a backquote (backtick `) on the iPhone keyboard, and if so, where is it? When I'm writing a post on a site in the SE family (especially SO), I want to use the backquote for inline code ...
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A better way to remove keyboard grease from a MacBook Air's normal keyboard?

The grease stain on a black keyboard looks awful. What are the recommended steps to remove the grease? I have found some posts online suggesting pure alcohol as a solvent. (one such CNET forum) Is ...
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How to disable the built-in MacBook keyboard?

Is it possible to completely disable the built-in keyboard on a MacBook? No input should be possible from that keyboard when I connect an external keyboard. This is sort of possible with the trackpad ...
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How can I simulate the insert key on a MacBook Pro?

I find really annoying to use Midnight Commander under OS X when using the non-extended keyboard (laptop). I found no way of simulating an INSERT key press (select file) and I would like to find a ...
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How to prevent Option+Command+Space from opening “Searching This Mac”?

The following keyboard shortcut will always bring up a window that says Searching "This Mac": Option+Command+Space I would like to use this shortcut for another purpose. Is there any way to disable ...
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How do I get F11 and F12 to behave like normal function keys?

I have a 2013 MacBook Pro Retina 15" and I'm trying to set the function keys to perform as normal function keys. So I want the behaviour to be inverted from the standard behaviour where I need to ...
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Spell Correction using only the keyboard

I am a long time OS X user and as such, I often enjoy the built-in dictionary available system-wide. It’s a small detail that, if you come from Windows (or Linux) turns out to be of great help ...
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What is the best key remapper tool?

I use international keyboards which have ` (~ with shift) next to Z key. I'm used to having `/~ key next to 1 (currently, this key produces § or ± with shift, which I don't use at all). My goal is to ...
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Can I type in inverse case, lIKE tHIS, with caps lock on?

Every so often, I have to type some text consisting mostly of uppercase letters, but with an occasional lowercase letter—essentially, sentence case, but inverted. On Windows, I would simply have caps ...
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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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OS X keyboard shortcut precedence

I'm new to Apple, and while the experience has largely been positive, I have been stymied trying to configure keyboard shortcuts to my specifications. For example, I used a rather round-about process ...
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fast forward a video with keyboard

I have tried ⌥+→ and ⌘+→, but no luck. Instead iTunes jumps to the next video podcast. Is there a way to fast forward ?
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DefaultKeyBinding.dict - old-style NeXT format vs XML plist format

DefaultKeyBinding.dict The ~/Library/KeyBindings/DefaultKeyBinding.dict file lets you define your own key bindings in Mac OS X. It can be in one of two formats: old-style NeXT format (example) or ...
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How can I type or input Unicode characters using a code point on the iPhone?

I'm aware of the ability to use accented characters by holding down a key until they appear (ie. á ü etc.); however, I'm curious as to how, if possible, one might enter a code point in hexadecimal ...
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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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How to map the Command key to a “Windows” keyboard?

I would like a nice new keyboard with mechanical switches. Pretty much every high-end keyboard I see is a "Windows" keyboard, with the Windows key. And no Command key. I imagine that I could use a ...
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OS X Terminal equivalent of Ctrl+Left / Ctrl+Right

In Windows and Linux I could always hit ctrl+← or ctrl+→ to skip a word to the left or right in the terminal. In text editors it seems that ⌥+←/→ works, but no dice ...
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OS X esc key stops working (randomly)

I have a 2011 MacBook Air with OS X Mountain Lion (I've upgraded from Lion). And ever since upgrading my escape key randomly stops working. And it's not that the keyboard on the laptop would be ...
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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 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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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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What does the keyboard shortcut ⌥⇞ mean?

I'm in need of a translator for ⌥ ⇞ This screen shot below is from the TexStudio and Texmaker latex editors.
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Lock screen with LaunchBar

I extensively use Launchbar and have almost all my daily productivity items working through it. Since I use my personal MacBook at work, I do not have use a screen saver password, however, when at ...
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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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Changing keyboard input language on Mac OSX

How do I change (switch) the input language in Mac OSX (English->Russian->Hebrew). In Windows it is done by pressing alt-shift. What is the equivalent in OSX ?
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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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Can I use my F1, F2, etc. keys as standard function keys only for specific apps?

I constantly use the brightness, mission control, volume, and iTunes playback shortcuts on my keyboard's function row. However, a handful of apps I use make heavy use of F1, F2, etc. for keyboard ...
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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 ...