A physical device with buttons that allow characters to be entered

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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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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 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 can I remove Emoji keyboard from iOS8?

I updated my iPad to iOS8, and the Emoji keyboard suddenly appears although I have never set for it. How can I remove that? When I go to Settings:General:Keyboards, I see that Emoji is among the ...
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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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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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OS X: disable CMD-H or “Hide App” command?

I never (intentionally) hide an app with ⌘H, which could be rebound for each app (e.g. Finder), but this is obviously the wrong approach. So, (how) can you disable ⌘H for application-hiding in one ...
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How do I remove the 'Quit' action from an application

I'm looking for a way to remove the 'quit' action from an application, so I personally cannot close it manually (except by force closing (Cmd+opt+esc). Case I've got Wunderlist as my personal To-Do ...
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How can I make Apple's keyboard shortcuts work in Chrome?

Mavericks has a TextExpander-like feature that lets me create text shortcuts for long phrases. (When I type "ttys," for example, it replaces it with "talk to you soon.") The feature works beautifully ...
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How to disable Command + Control + Arrow Key shortcut in Mavericks

I use Sublime Text and this shortcut (Edit > Line > Swap Line Up/Swap Line Down) allows me to move lines of code up and down in the file while shifting everything around it. On my new computer this ...
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Remap Ctrl+C, Ctrl+V, and Ctrl-X only

I know that I can globally swap the Control and Command in Mac OS and this is not what I need. What I would like to do is keep both buttons as they are and only and make Ctrl+C, Ctrl+V, and Ctrl-X ...
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mapping external keyboard keys to mac keys

Is there a software, command or way to know what keys from an external non apple keyboard are being mapped to which mac keys? And also is there a way to remap the shortcut keys of my keyboard: back, ...
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Can I open the menu with keyboard?

With PC, alt-something opens the something in the main menu. Does Mac have similar function? For example, is there a way to open View menu as if I click it?
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How can I set up a keyboard shortcut for switching input source?

I have to change my language option very often. It is hard when I write something with combination of both "English" & "Bangla", because I have to change that option rapidly. Is there any way to ...
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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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Pair bluetooth keyboard when not logged in

I have a brand new Bluetooth keyboard (replacing an old one I spilt coffee on) and I would like to pair it with my iMac. Trouble is, I can't log in to the iMac because the keyboard is not paired. ...
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Can I use a PC/Mac keyboard as a Bluetooth keyboard for iPhone?

I'm wondering about the feasibility of using my iMac's built-in bluetooth as a source for keyboard input to my iphone. There are times I want to type longer messages in my iphone, i keep a bluetooth ...
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How to get external Apple keyboard to accept modifier key input from Macbook's internal keyboard (and vice-versa)?

I just bought an older Apple keyboard, with the idea that I could use it in conjunction with my internal Macbook Pro keyboard as a substitute for buying a keyboard that's capable of splitting into two ...
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Is there a way to cycle between full screen windows on OS X?

I have multiple Safari windows in fullscreen mode and I'd like to cycle through them using the keyboard (pretty much like command + ` works when windows are not fullscreen'd). I know I can control + ...
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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 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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typing a backtick on Mac OS X Snow Leopard

I have had a hunt around the net for this, but cannot find an answer - how do I type a backtick on Mac OSX Snow Leopard? I have a Macbook from late-2010. The backtick character is one I use on a ...
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View All Assigned Keyboard Shortcuts

Is there a way (probably an app) that lets you see all global (and possibly local) keyboard shortcuts that have been defined? Something similar to ActiveHotkeys on Windows. I dislike assigning new ...
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Press and hold for accents does not work everytime

I am a German User, but i am using a US Keyboard and the US Extended Keyboard Layout. Sometimes I need to use German Umlauts, and I usually rely on the "press and hold for accented characters" feature ...
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Turning off keyboard popup

When I connect a bluetooth keyboard to my computer, it pops up this icon: Can I get rid of that?
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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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Why is the text-to-speech hotkey not working?

For some reason, my text to speech isn't working. I don't know why it stopped working. It works when I manually click it, but when using the default hotkey alt+esc, it doesn't do anything. I have no ...
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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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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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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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Dvorak keyboard layout with international character support?

I'm running Mac OS X 10.6.3, and find myself switching between the Dvorak and U.S. Extended keyboard layout. Ideally I'd want a Dvorak layout with the international character support of the latter ...
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Keyboard shortcut for launching Apps in Dock

At Windows 7, Win + 1,2,3..9 launches the first, second etc App in taskbar. Is there a similar keyboard shortcut in OSX in order to launch Apps that are in the Dock?
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How can I disable the caps lock key?

Is there any way to completely disable the caps lock key without using any third-party apps? (Virtually, of course—I don't plan on jamming something under the key.)
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How do I delete a file from my desktop using keyboard

I have tons of file on my desktop. I am using latest macbook pro. After selecting the file using mouse I hit delete and then "command and delete" and none of them work. So finally I hit ctrl + mouse ...
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What is the button in the upper right of windows?

Some Mac applications have this button in the upper right. What is it called? Is there a keyboard shortcut for it? In the case of MacVim, the button toggles the toolbar of colorful icons you see on ...
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How to type fraction symbols on iPad?

Many character sets provide single special characters for fractions like 1/4, 1/2, 3/4, etc. Can these be typed on an iPad? I have found GlyphBoard that lets you paste them in but it dates back to ...
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Is there a UNIX-style triple click to select path in Terminal.app?

In Red Hat, if there is a path somewhere on my terminal window and I triple click it, the whole path is selected. I can then easily copy it using middle-click or a regular copy-paste. This doesn't ...
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Decimal comma in Spanish keyboard layout

I have a Spanish layout keyboard (in Snow Leopard). Whenever I use the dot, or comma, in the numeric keyboad (right of the 0) it always shows a comma, but I'd prefer if it entered a dot, just like PCs ...
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Switch Between Apps With Alt-Tab / Command-Tab on iPad or iPhone using Bluetooth Keyboard

I have both iOS devices and an Apple bluetooth keyboard. I could be much more productive if I could do Alt-Tab / Command-Tab app switching using my keyboard. Is there any way to do this? Is there any ...
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How do I use a PC keyboard on a Mac

I have a very nice and expensive mechanical keyboard. It was designed for a PC and not a Mac. How do I set up the mapping, so it works like I am used to. For example, I want the Ctrl key on the PC ...
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How do I change which characters OS X considers ‘a word’, for ⌥-arrow-key skipping?

When I type ⌥→, I'd like my cursor to stop at periods, and perhaps other characters. Does anybody know of a defaults configuration, or System Preferences setting, that changes which characters are ...
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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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Is there a better way to shutdown/restart OSX?

Whenever I want to shutdown/restart OSX I click on the menu, select shutdown, and then click the box for not saving the session, and then click OK. Then there's always at least one program that ...
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How to get keyboard focus on login screen password field in OS X 10.8?

My computer doubles as a server, so I leave it turned on and not asleep, but logged out, most of the time. In 10.6, if I logged out of the computer for an extended period of time, I could log back ...
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How can I rebind Caps lock to delete/backspace?

I tried using DoubleCommand, but it doesn't let you hold down caps lock, and pressing it causes caps lock light to be enabled/disabled. Ideally I want caps lock to never be enabled and for the key to ...
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How do I make the Globe key disappear from the keyboard?

I do some dev and testing on the iPhone. Recently, I was testing some localizations and needed to change the language. I've since changed back to English, but now whenever I bring up a keyboard a ...