A physical device with buttons that allow characters to be entered

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How can I force my keyboard backlight to turn on?

I have a MacBook Pro. When it senses the ambient light is low, the backlit keyboard turns on, and there are keys that let me control its brightness. But when enough light reaches the ambient light ...
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Problem using F12 to get specific info on the screen

I hope I will be able to properly give my question as I am not a native English speaker and I might be running into difficulty. But I am posting an image to make my problem straight forward. I’m new ...
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Copy + pasting arabic text on English Mac

I'm having a hard time pasting a piece of arabic text into a web form. I have a rMBP 2013 bought from the US and a translator sent me some block of text to enter into a webform. The problem is that ...
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Are there any Terminal commands that would be interesting for a young child?

I am beginning to teach my 4-year-old daughter that she can do more on a computer than watch cartoons on Netflix. I want her to know that she can type things on the keyboard and make the computer do ...
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How to prevent PressAndHold from loading?

I have already disabled PressAndHold through terminal, but I see that it still appears as a process on Activity Monitor. It is taking 2.9 MB for me, but I want it to stop and not to begin at all. When ...
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How can I speed up Mouse Keys?

I have been exploring the OS X accessibility option to control the mouse from your keyboard (as described here) and I am curious if there is a way to make it go faster.
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How to connect USB hardware to a MBP via an external monitor

I have a setup where I am using one external monitor (Dell P2414H) for two laptops - one Macbook Pro and one Dell Latitude E6430. The dell is connected via a docking station with VGA cable, and I am ...
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Change main keyboard layout in OS X

I have two active keyboard layouts - US english and russian. I have russian as my primary system language and the option "allow different input language for different documents" is active. But when I ...
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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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XCode Keybindings not working with Dvorak

I type Programmer's Dvorak. I just started using XCode, and I decided to try to change the keybindings to be more Emacs-like. So, I set the keybinding to "Move Left" to ^B, pressed ^B, and...nothing ...
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keyboard stop working randomly

I've a MBA 2009 which has a little uncommon issue : The keyboard and the trackpad stop working randomly, sometimes just after the boot and sometimes after a few minutes. At first I thought it was a ...
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Control arrow key to jump to the next word

I have OS X 10.6.8 and I run MS Word:Mac 2011. I programmed the keyboard to allow me to jump from word to word in a document by hitting Control + Arrow key. This makes word processing much faster. ...
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manually edit shortcuts on os x 10.9 (Mavericks)

I'm using TotalTerminal on 10.9 Mavericks and while it's not great, it's the best quake terminal I've found right now. I usually show/hide the visor using command-escape but unfortunately can't seem ...
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Take screenshot and copy its file path to clipboard

I want to have the file path of a screenshot to be available in the clipboard to paste it directly into some text. Greenshot on Windows can do this in just one keyboard shortcut simultaneously taking ...
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Set service keyboard shortcut and have change take effect programtically

I have the following script to set a services shortcut: set serviceName to "(null) - VimAnywhere - runWorkflowAsService" set libPrefPath to POSIX path of (path to preferences folder from user domain ...
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Is it possible to switch the desktops of multiple displays without moving the mouse? (Mavericks)

I have been loving Maverick's new "Displays have separate spaces" functionality; however, I have just one issue with it. I usually use a keyboard shortcut to change spaces (i.e.⌘ + → and ⌘ + ←), and ...
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Making MacBook command-key the Emacs meta-key under VMware/Windows

I can configure emacs under OS X so that the key nearest the space bar (the key labeled Command ⌘) is my Meta key by running (setq mac-command-key-is-meta t) How can I configure the same key to be ...
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Set Services keyboard shortcut via script OSX

I need a way to set the following programmatically: Specifically for shortcuts under Services, if that makes a difference. I'm wondering if this is possible via shell or AppleScript? EDIT: I've ...
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Set Keystroke for Service from Terminal

I created some services to be used in Finder. Now I wanted to create some keystrokes to call these services. That would be easy in the System Settings, however, I would like to add them from the ...
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How to use Ctrl+left/Ctrl+Right (instead of Alt+left/Alt+right) to move to the previous/next word

On a Mavericks system, I would like to use Ctrl+left/Ctrl+right instead of Alt+left/Alt+right to move to the next word or the previous word. Mission Control is not using Ctrl+left/Ctrl+right (I ...
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MS Excel shortcut Windows vs. Mac

MS Excel for Mac has quite different shortcut keys than Excel for Windows. Is there any comparison table? Rather than this ...
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Activate some menu using single key without pressing enter

I want to minimize number of keystrokes to access menu items. One needs to press enter after activating some menu using keyboard. Is it possible to open the menu items in a menu without pressing ...
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how to use the + on the numeric keypad for "+p in vim, Mac Os X

Under Mac OS X, in vim, when I issue the command "+p using the numeric keypad for the + in normal mode, instead of pasting stuff from the system clipboard Vim enters insert mode and inserts the ...
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How to keep MacBooks keyboard and trackpad functionality when using Windows on Bootcamp?

Before installing Windows 7, I used to work with Mac OS X on my MacBook Pro. After the installation I noticed that the functionality of the keyboard and trackpad changed. I really want to keep using ...
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change Caps Lock key to fn key

I replaced standard fn key by left control, left control by another useful key. And as far as I don't use Caps Lock key in everyday life, I decided to replace Caps Lock key by fn. I use for this ...
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Key combination for selecting all the text in an edit buffer?

I need combination for selecting all of the text in an edit buffer for an editor like Sublime Text. On the Windows OSes I would use control + a. On OS X this combination seems to moves cursor to ...
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Bootcamp Windows 8.1 keymap

Case: I just received a MBP 13" Haswell Retina and installed Windows 8.1 with Bootcamp 5.0.5033 drivers. Problem: The Danish and Danish (Apple) keyboard layouts have two keys swapped: $ and < How ...
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May I bind Mission Control's next and previous space to ctrl+mousewheel?

May I bind Mission Control's next and previous space to ctrl+mousewheelup and ctrl+mousewheeldown? Using the system settings apparently I can't, so I'm wondering if there's another non-invasive way? ...
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Use MacBook as a monitor and controller for iMac

I have an iMac and I also happen to have a MacBook Air. What I need is this strange layout - I want to be able to control my iMac with my MacBook. I also want to be able to share my iMaс screen to my ...
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Under Mavericks with KeyRemap4MacBook my wireless keyboard doesn't register modifier keys

I have the hyper key setup working on my rMBP 13" terrifically, but why I connect to my Apple wireless keyboard (Bluetooth) none of the hyper key combinations work (it doesn't send the modifier). I ...
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How to enter different whitespaces in Pages?

How can I use whitespace of different size in Pages? I only know simple space by hitting the space bar and the fixed space (no word wrap) using alt-space. Is it possible to get a n-, t- or numeric ...
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Vmware Fusion + Ubuntu 12.04, shortcut

I'm running vmware fusion 5 under OS X Mountain Lion. My virtual machine is running Ubuntu 12.04. I have two fastidious shortcuts which I would like to disable: When I press Command ⌘, Ubuntu opens ...
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Is there a way to disable the command+up/command+down key combinations?

Command+Left and Command+Right are both incredibly useful key combinations. By contrast, Command+Up and Command+Down are incredibly irritating. I almost never actually need a shortcut to the top of ...
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OS X Terminal fn+delete doesn't work, prints ~

I recently did a fresh install of Mavericks, and ever since I haven't been able to use the fndelete keystroke in Terminal. On the command prompt, fndelete prints ~ and if I'm in vim, fndelete will ...
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Add QWERTY (language-agnostic) software keyboard on iOS

I have a problem with adding a language-agnostic QWERTY (software) keyboard on an iPhone 4S. On my iPhone 5S and my iPad Air I have added this QWERTY keyboard which is like the regular English (US) ...
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replace tilde to shift key in macbook

I try to change tilde key to shift. I have success in it, but only for russian language. I used KeyRemap4MacBook for it. When I switch language to english this substitution stops working. How ...
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How Can OS 10.9 Kotoeri Keyboard Layout Behavior Be Reverted To That of 10.8 and Earlier

In OS 10.8, you could set the keyboard layout for Japanese input in Kotoeri Preferences. The default was US, which generates the correct layout for a JIS hardware keyboard. In 10.9, Apple deleted ...
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changing the meta key in emacs

I am running emacs 24.3 through the terminal on OS X 10.8.4. I would like to modify the meta-key which is currently set to be the ESC key. I have successfully changed the meta-key from ESC to ...
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Using caps lock key instead of right click (contextual menu)

I'd like to remap Caps Lock to right click - for the cases where I can focus on objects with cursor keys, or tab. For instance after selecting files in Finder I'd like to hit Caps Lock and get the ...
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for what should I use fn key by default on mac book pro

I have fn key in left bottom conner of my macbook pro keyboard. For what purpose does it exist? I understand that I can remap it to my needs, but what is its default function?
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Can I bind two arrow keys to a single shortcut?

I'd like to be able to bind a shortcut key to perform differently when pressing two arrow keys than when pressing one or the other. For instance, I want to make a new shortcut key for Command+Left+Up ...
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How to disable built-in keyboard on OS X 10.9.1?

Before 10.9.1, I can disable/enable the built-in keyboard of my Air with the commands: sudo kextunload /System/Library/Extensions/AppleUSBTopCase.kext/Contents/PlugIns/AppleUSBTCKeyboard.kext sudo ...
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OSX vs Vim: a war for the Function keys

Is there a way to quickly toggle the "use F1, F2, etc as standard function keys" in OSX? I'm a vim user on a MacBook, and I'd like to use at least some of the function keys for vim mappings, but it's ...
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Mavericks entering accents into Chrome?

So starting in Lion, you have been able to enter accents by simply holding down certain keys and selecting your accent. However, in Chrome when I hold down on a key it enters a second one: For ...
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Are there silicon wireless keyboards for apple machines?

I have a macbook-pro & mac-mini. Typing is easy on macbook since the keyboard is silicon. That's not the case with apple wireless keyboard which is connected to the mac-mini, keys are slippery. ...
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How can I add autocorrect shortcuts programmatically?

In System Preferences > Keyboard > Text, I can add shortcuts that will be available to me globally via autocorrect. Lets say I had 100 of these shortcuts and they were on two Macs, rather than ...
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Spilt water on Macbook keyboard

Yesterday I spilt a lot of water on my Macbook pro keyboard. The laptop seems to work fine but a few keys don't work well. Left control and left shift don't work, Left alt and right alt are not ...
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Can I use the Lightning to Micro USB Adapter and connect a keyboard?

Can I use Apple's Lightning to Micro USB Adapter with the iPod touch 5th generation to connect a Micro USB keyboard?
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Open an Application after minimized to dock with shortcut?

Is it possible to open a minimized Application in dock with a shortcut? Or maybe something like: Open last minimized Application in dock with shortcut?
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How can I use a newly installed font as an input source?

I just installed a new font, and I'd like to be able to type in it, system-wide, and not just within the confines of some application (e.g. MS Word.) I already type in other languages using the ...