A physical device with buttons that allow characters to be entered

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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 with keyboards. 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 way to switch ...
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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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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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iOS9 how to change back to ALL CAPITAL keyboard?

After using Apple iPhone keyboard for close to 4 years, I'm quite proficient with typing on the keyboard, almost touch typing, while relying on autocorrect. The new lowercase keyboard totally throws ...
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Microsoft Natural Ergonomic Keyboard function keys unreliable

I have a Microsoft Natural Ergonomic Keyboard connected to my 2011 MacBook Pro. The keyboard's normal keys (letters, etc.) always work fine; however, there is a problem with the various function keys....
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How to disable visual display of modifier keys?

Somehow I have gotten my Mac Mini into a state where every time I press a modifier key - shift, option, command or control - it shows an image of the symbol of the modifier key around the upper right ...
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Shortcut for toggling between different windows of same app?

I opened two Google Chrome windows (because I am using multiple Gmails) and when I do the Cmd ⌘ Tab ⇥ shortcut it just shows me other applications that I opened but does not show me the other Chrome ...
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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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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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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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How do I remove the 'Quit' action from an application on OSX

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 remap the volume buttons for custom use?

First of all, I only want to disable the standard volume buttons - I do not want to disable the buttons to change brightness, launchpad... I need this because I want those buttons to trigger scripts ...
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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 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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Caps lock key response delay on Apple Wireless Keyboard

I've noticed a semi-handy feature on Apple Wireless Keyboard: quick pressing the caps lock key won't enable the caps lock, it needs a determined push. Benefits are obvious, it prevents accidental all-...
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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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Spotlight overrides first character

What's wrong: I hit CMD+SPACE to open up spotlight, typically type in the name of the application I want to start, hit enter and either the wrong app or no app at all will start, because the app name ...
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OSX doesn't recognize a gaming keyboard

I want to use this Genius keyboard with my 2014 MacBook Pro 15". When connecting the keyboard, the Keyboard Setup Assistant opens, saying that keyboard could not be identified. Then, it asks to ...
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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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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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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 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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How to open or toggle Keyboard Viewer by a keyboard shortcut?

I changed the shortcut to Command ⌘ + X to change the language of the keyboard. However I would like to display the Keyboard Viewer using a shortcut as well. Is there a way to display the Keyboard ...
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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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How do I swap Ctrl and Alt in just the Terminal?

I have a USB keyboard where I swapped my Cmd and Ctrl keys, because I come from the world of Linux and that's just what I'm used to. However, this causes a problem in the Terminal because all of a ...
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How to use F1-F12 keys with MacBook?

Blender requires F-keys such as F12 and numpad. The numpad emulation works for me, but I am unable to get the function keys such as F1, F4 and F12 working. For example, F12 should do rendering. So how ...
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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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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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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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How can I increase brightness on Mac without Mac keyboard

I’m using a MacBook Pro and I broke it a while back. So, the keyboard doesn’t work on the laptop. I hooked up a keyboard to the USB port so I can still use it. I’m using a Dell keyboard. Last night I ...
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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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Can I change some but not all Apple keyboard function keys (dim vs F1, bright vs F2)?

I want to override F1 and F2 behavior, since I have external display and Mac can't control display's brightness. The rest of the keys should retain their non Fx I know about "Use all F1-F12 keys as ...
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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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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 can I really disable the Cmd to Win key mapping in Parallels Desktop 5?

Removed it from System Preferences > Keyboard. No go. Remapped ⌘ Cmd to be Ctrl. No go. Ripping out the ⌘ Cmd key shouldn't be the solution. Anyone?...
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Mavericks update broke keyboard shortcut for switching Spaces

I've upgraded to Mavericks from Mountain Lion. I've used the keyboard shortcut "Control" + "number" to switch between Spaces. The upgrade broke this. I've checked System Preferences and all the ...
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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 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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Is it possible to send mail using Command + Enter in Mail?

I can't think of any reason why Command ⌘ + Enter ↩ would not send a mail draft, instead of the current shortcut, which is Command ⌘ + Shift ⇧ + D Is there a way to change this?
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Open terminal using a keyboard shortcut

I am using Alfred and hence I don't have any use for the Cmd+Space keyboard shortcut. I want to invoke terminal using that shortcut. Just like in Ubuntu, when you press Ctrl+Alt+T, is there a way to ...
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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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Keyboard and Trackpad stop working on brand new Macbook Pro with Mavericks?

I just got a brand new Macbook Pro (2.4 GHz Intel Core i5) with OS X 10.9 Mavericks preinstalled. It's working great and I love the retina screen, but I've had a recurring issue daily where the ...
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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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How to type this tilde ~ in Mac (I can only type ˜ Using Fn + N) on an Italian Mac?

I've seen this answer, but on my Italian keyboard I've got < between Z and Left Shift instead of the ~. So, how can I type it?
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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 lock the keyboard in Mac OS X, but not the screen?

I want to prevent users from typing anything on the keyboard, but still show the screen (so usual locking will not help). Unplugging the keyboard is not the answer I'm looking for, what other options ...
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Set keyboard shortcut for nested menu selection

Say an application has a menu selection Export in the File menu. On mouse over, a sub-menu extends with the export options. Is there a way to make a keyboard shortcut for one of those nested ...
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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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How can I make SwiftKey the default on iOS 8?

I've recently upgraded my iPhone 5s to iOS 8, and installed SwiftKey. I really like it, and I'd like it to be the default, but my keyboard keeps switching back to the default. I can switch back to the ...