A physical device with buttons that allow characters to be entered

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Does anyone know how to disable unicode text input in text fields?

I absolutely love the Cocoa text engine. A few modifications to a little xml file - ~/Library/DefaultKeyBinding.dict - and you can get just about any key sequence to work in any standard Cocoa text ...
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Assign a keyboard shortcut to “Add a face…” action in iPhoto?

Is it possible to assign a keyboard shortcut to the "Add a face..." action in iPhoto? Preferably one that can be used outside of the Info view, so you can move quickly from viewing a photo to editing ...
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Autochoose for press and hold?

Is there a way to change the press and hold character picker in a way that it automatically choose a certain character. I'm German using an US keyboard (on purpose, I don't want to switch back to a ...
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Selecting a whole line of text, including the newline

Kind of a tricky one to describe. Here goes though. Open up your favourite text editor on OSX (well, Textedit, Coda 2, a Chrome textarea at least). Type a long line of text, followed by a short line. ...
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Disabling Command + Arrow scrolling

When I press Command ⌘+↑ or Command ⌘+↓ on OS X 10.8.2 (Mountain Lion), it scrolls all the way to the top or the bottom of a window. The problem is, in some programs, this ...
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Set F7/F8/F9 to perform iTunes functions like built-in keyboard

I have a non-Apple keyboard connected to my MacBook Pro. Is there a way to make the F7 F8 and F9 do the previous song / play-pause / next song actions like they do on the built-in keyboard?
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switch input (language) quick with keyboard

I am a Taiwanese and study in France now. My major requires read and write in English. I get a iMac with 10.6 on it. It really bothers me to switch between these 3 input languages with mouse. Is ...
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Can i remap a Danish Macbook Pro keyboard to US?

I found a macbook for sale that has a Danish keyboard. There are a few special character keys and some are missing. Can I remap those keys to other characters? I would like to use it with US ...
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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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Stopping iOS backspace deleting whole words or lines?

Background Even though I have owned every iPhone from the 3G onwards I have NEVER mastered the backspace key. If you hold it to delete a few words it almost ALWAYS catches me out and starts deleting ...
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iPhone 4 iOS 6.1.2 Keyboard -> Shortcuts not working properly

It was all working fine till I was on 6.1, I upgraded to 6.1.2 and restored my backup from iTunes after which I noticed that the text-expander is not working. for e.g. when I type "omw" it doesn't ...
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How to add a line break in a cell in Excel for Mac

What key combination do I have to press to create a line break in a cell in Excel for Mac 2011? The Windows combination of Alt+Enter does not work on the Mac.
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OS X Mountain Lion: keyboard shortcut to move current window to another space

In OS X Mountain Lion, is there a way I can assign a keyboard shortcut to move the active window to a specified space (or even the adjacent space if an arbitrary space can't be specified). Ideally, ...
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iPhone 4S iOS 6.1.2 Settings -> General -> Keyboard -> Add New Shortcut not case sensitive

My custom shortcuts are not case sensitive (the opposite was claimed here). Example: Under Settings -> General -> Keyboard -> Add New Shortcut I specify: ME : Schorsch Unfortunately, both ME and me in ...
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How do I simulate the Insert key in Windows on a MacBook Pro?

Note: This question is how to send an Insert keypress to Microsoft Windows running directly on Apple hardware. This is not about how to use Insert in OS X or through OS X to Windows running in a ...
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OS X dialogs: Can I use 'Enter' to invoke the *currently selected* button instead of the default one?

In an OS X dialog, there a way to make 'Enter/Return' invoke the currently selected button instead of the default one (and, if possible, make 'Space' invoke the default button instead). That is, can I ...
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Randomly repeating key

My computer will randomly start repeating keys. At first it was the ≥ key, which led me to believe it was more than just a stuck key since that is an option-key character and the chances that they ...
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Creating a keyboard shortcut to pause Youtube video in a Google Chrome tab

Here is what I want to do: hook up a keyboard shortcut with an action to play/pause the video that is currently open in a Google Chrome tab. Would it be possible on Mac OS X? I was thinking about ...
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Show desktop keyboard shortcut doesn't work

I have F5 key bound to the show desktop shortcut in keyboard shortcuts. However when I press F5 on the keyboard (with fn on the built in keyboard, or with/without fn on the Apple wireless keyboard), ...
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Left Shift and Left Command combination yields only Left Command; other shift command combos work fine

Early 2011 15" Macbook Pro, Lion, no external keyboard or mouse: Lately I noticed that I can't use left-shift+left-command together; it registers as left-command only. The other three combinations ...
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Is there a faster app switcher than a keyboard shortcut linked to an Automator service?

I want to switch apps faster than cmd-tab so I created an automator task to launch an app and linked to to a keyboard shortcut through the keyboard preferences. While this works okay without any third ...
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Delete Key on Apple KeyBoard Deleting only 1 char at a time

I used to delete characters continuously by pressing my delete key on apple keyboard but for some reason now I can not do it. I have to release and press again to delete the previous character. For ...
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MBP trackpad/keyboard unresponsive after application crash

Problem I have a mid-2012 MacBook Pro 13" (non-retina) equipped with 6GB RAM. Recently, I have noticed that when an application crashes and Crash Reporter appears, the trackpad and keyboard do not ...
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missing windows keyboard buttons on rMBP

I need the Home, delete, insert and all the other buttons found in a typical windows keyboard. I don't know how to access them on my MacBook pro. The only one I know is fn-delete for delete. Is there ...
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Mapping home key - supported all apps?

I'm using the following technique to remap the home and end keys to make them work like windows: ~/Library/KeyBindings/DefaultKeyBinding.dict { /* Remap Home / End to be correct :-) */ "\UF729" = ...
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Cmd+plus now opens Widgets instead of zooming

This has just started happening in the last few weeks, and I can't work out how to change it. It used to be that I could use Cmd+= to zoom in in my web browser, and cmd+- to zoom out. But just ...
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Use Cmd as Ctrl key in vim

How can I input commands such as <Ctrl-W> and <Ctrl-]> in vim using Cmd instead of Ctrl? The reason why I want to do it is because it's more comfortable. When I need to switch to a ...
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Order an non-standard keyboard layout on new MacBook

Is it possible to order a new MacBook with a keyboard that's non-standard for a given country? Let's say I want to have a Norwegian keyboard, but I'm living in Australia. Is this possible? And if it ...
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PC keyboard inccorect mapping

I've recently been forced to work on a mac book for work. Since I'm a dev I bring my own keyboard rather than just using the macbook one, I had no problem with plugin my keyboard but the mapping are ...
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How do I hit Scroll Lock on my keyboard in Windows?

Somehow, I appear to have Scroll Lock on, which 99% of the time is irrelevant, with the 1% of the time being in Microsoft Excel. As the keyboard on my MBP (Model 9,2) doesn't acknowledge the ...
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Macbook keyboard backlight doesn't work

The keyboard of my Macbook Pro mid-2010 has stopped illuminating in low light. I checked my System Preferences of my Mountain Lion and there is no "Automatically illuminate keyboard in low light" at ...
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How to disable Magic Trackpad while typing?

Is it possible to get the external Magic Trackpad disabled automatically while I'm typing? I do get a lot of cursor movements/clicks when just touching the trackpad accidentally.
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Are there any global key combinations suitable or specifically reserved on OS X for user assignment?

I'm trying to identify an appropriate global hotkey to set in iTerm2's preferences for showing/hiding it: I'd like to avoid any conflicts with other applications' hotkeys or other future use. Are ...
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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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What is the Mac keyboard key with a symbol ⌅ of an up arrow pointing into a horizontal line?

On a Mac, symbols are often used for keys rather than names. In Adobe Indesign for Mac, the keyboard shortcuts for inserting various break characters are described using what looks like an up arrow / ...
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How can I map the F4 key's default functionality to trigger a key sequence rather than open Launchpad? (Mountain Lion)

I will use the touchpad gesture to open Launchpad. I don't use Launchpad much. I'd like to map the F4-key (which opens Launchpad) to send the Keystroke Command + Ctrl + Shift + 4 so I can use the OSX ...
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Fullforce on iPad 4 uses iPhone keyboard instead of iPad keyboard

I've just install the tweak "FullForce" from the Cydia store on my iPad 4th generation to make Google Maps app full screen capable, but the app uses the iPhone keyboard instead of the iPad keyboard. ...
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troubleshoot applescripted typing missing shift key and numerics in windows xp under parallels 8?

I am using a Windows XP VM with Parallels 8 under Mountain Lion. I have a remote desktop connection from XP that does not allow pasting from the clipboard, but typing works, of course. I have an ...
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Hands free auto repeat. Hidden feature or stuck key?

I have a new MacBook Pro. Twice so far I have pressed a key and removed my hands from the keyboard, yet the key continued to repeat. Once it was the delete key (fn-Delete, the backspace function), ...
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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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Possible to move the cursor word-by-word with Cmd+left/right instead of Alt+left/right?

I would like to use Cmd+←/→ instead of Alt+←/→ to move the cursor word by word in Mac OSX (A Cocoa thing I guess). Is it possible to change that? And by the same token, I would ...
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Keyboard shortcut for jumping directly to a specific input method

I'm leaning Japanese, and so I have my Mac set up for three different input methods: English, and two different Japanese character sets. I can change between the three input methods using ...
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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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Macbook Air Caps Lock Delay in Windows 8

I have remapped Caps Lock to Backspace in Windows 8 using SharpKeys on my Macbook Air, but there is a noticeable delay that prevents me from quickly pressing the key to backspace. The Delete has no ...
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Is there any keyboard hotkey to undo hiding an application?

I use Command+H to hide applications all the time. Sometimes I really want to undo that action, but pressing Command+H again will just hide the now active application. Pressing Command+Shift+H ...
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How can I switch applications on iPhone or iPad by keyboard like “Windows key + tab” on Windows?

I like typing by keyboard while using iPhone and iPad. But when I switch applications(e.g. between Safari and memo application), I have to the push home putton on the devices'. It is very frustrating. ...
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Can I use Logitech ultrathin wireless keyboard for iPad also with my MacBook?

This is the product, and it links to your iPad with Bluetooth: http://www.logitech.com/en-us/product/ultrathin-keyboard-cover The question is whether one could also use it with other Mac devices such ...
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iMac USB Ports Stopped Working

I have an iMac, and because I program I prefer to use the extended USB keyboard. Just as the batteries to my wireless mouse died, my USB keyboard inexplicably stopped working. I've been using this ...
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Shorcut to show all Finder windows

Wondering if there's a shortcut available to show all open Finder windows? Not sure what to call this behaviour; not 'focus all windows', since that involves a single window, not 'raise all window', ...
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Keyboard shortcuts - make OS X like Windows?

I run Windows 7 at work and OS X at home. 2 sets of muscle memories is a hassle - is there a way to map all 'Apple +' commands into 'Ctrl +'? E.g. turn ⌘ + C into Ctrl + C?