A physical device with buttons that allow characters to be entered

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Is there a quick way to lock my Mac?

On Windows you can hit the keys Windows+L to lock your computer if you step away. I don't want to have to remember if sleep currently asks for a password, if there is a time out where my screen isn't ...
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Can I create a shortcut to open a specific application on OS X?

I want to create a keyboard shortcut to i.e. open Firefox while I am working in another application. I know I can use ⌘T when I am in Firefox to open a new tab. I haven't found a way to create that ...
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How to add characters to the press and hold character picker in OS X Lion?

In OS X Lion, there is a very useful feature for people like me who need to write in multiple languages, which pops up a small menu of additional characters when you hold down a letter. For instance, ...
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How do I type a ² or a ³ on an Apple keyboard (International English layout)?

I use ² and ³ a lot in e-mails. When using my Belgian Windows keyboard and a custom keymap it was easy to type this in Mac OS X as I assigned the appropriate key. Now I switched to a qwerty ...
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Create global shortcut to run command line applications

What steps do I need to run a command line program via a global shortcut? I setup Automator to create a new Run Shell Script and tried to assign a shortcut in System Preferences -> Keyboard -> ...
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How to remove or disable a default keyboard layout?

Is it possible to remove or disable one of OS X Lion’s default keyboard layouts? I’m using a custom keyboard layout, and now that I managed to set it as the system-wide default keyboard layout, I’d ...
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How can I select buttons with just the keyboard?

Many user interface (UI) elements or dialog boxes have buttons. I would like to be able to select a button with just the keyboard, without the mouse. How can I do this?
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How can I expand the number of special characters I can type using my keyboard?

I am aware that when I press ⌥ or ⇧⌥ on my Mac, I can type a variety of special characters. I also know that I can insert special characters using the character palette. Is there a way to expand the ...
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Remap “Home” and “End” to beginning and end of line

Most of my computing time is spent in Linux (with occasional time in Windows). On these platforms the Home and End keys universally jump to the beginning or end of the current line. I am gradually ...
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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 are your favorite Mac OS X keyboard shortcuts?

What are your favorite keyboard shortcuts on Mac OS X?
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Can I get windows 7 like window resizing on Mac OS X?

Windows 7 has a nice new feature for moving around windows. The one that I am particularly interested in is: Windows Key + Left/Right : Move the window to the left or right of the screen, or over ...
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What Is the Keyboard Shortcut for Sleep Display Without Eject Key?

I read that if you want to put your display into sleep the keyboard shortcut is Control ⌃+Shift ⇧+Eject ⏏, but what is it in Mountain Lion or Lion using a retina MacBook Pro or MacBook Air without an ...
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How to set to open folder with enter in finder?

I want to set to open a folder in finder with Enter. I know it's possible to open a folder with ⌘ Command + ↓ Down Arrow but I don't like it and I never use it because it's easier to use the ...
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In Lion, if I keep pressing a key, why doesn't it repeat?

I don't know if there are any settings to toggle, but I figured out that if I keep pressing a button on my keyboard it doesn't repeat it and displays only one character! Can this be fixed to go back ...
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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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What do I type to produce the command symbol (⌘) in Mac OS X?

What combination of keys do I press to produce the command symbol (⌘) on Mac OS X? (I copied the above symbol from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Command_key.)
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Switch between full-screen windows of the same application in Lion

Is there a keyboard shortcut in Lion for navigating through my open full screen Xcode projects? ⌘~ is not working.
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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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Does Notification Center have keyboard shortcuts?

Are there any keyboard shortcuts for controlling Notification Center on OS X Mountain Lion? Of particular interest is a shortcut equivalent of the Click to Tweet button that appears at the top of ...
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How to turn off the iOS-style character picker menu

When I hold a key in Lion, I get this iOS-style character picker instead of a repeated character, as in previous versions of the OS: I really dislike this (I rarely use those symbols as I only ...
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Keyboard remapping in OS X 10.9

Is it feasible to remap my keyboard mapping in OS X Mavericks? For example, I want to swap q and ` (backticks), since I don't require typing q too much and like to owe the position to another key, ...
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Permanently swapping option and command keys on a non-Apple keyboard

Whenever I plug my Microsoft Natural Ergonomic Keyboard into my MacBook Pro, I have to swap the Command and Option modifier keys. How can I prevent these keys from reverting to their default settings ...
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Override iTunes “media” keys (play, pause, etc) for Spotify?

Is it possible to set Spotify as the default program when the "media" keys (play, pause, previous, next, etc) are pressed on the Mac keyboard? For the most part when Spotify is open, the "media" ...
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Is there a way to tweet from a keyboard command?

I use CMD space a million times a day to find files, launch apps, etc. Wouldn't it be cool if I could press a keyboard combination and get a box to send a tweet? I know I can do it through ...
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Can't pair apple wireless keyboard

Keyboard: Apple Wireless Keyboard (model number MC184LL/B) System: Macbook Pro Early 2011 running OS X 10.8 The keyboard gets detected and when I try to pair it, the system asks to enter some ...
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Equivalent to alt-. in terminal

I am curious as to whether there is an equivalent to the Alt-. command on Mac. On my computer it inserts the following character: ≥, instead of showing the preceding lines final parameter.
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Keyboard shorcut to switch focus between multiple displays on OS X Mavericks

The fact that each monitor acts on its own in OS X Mavericks is pretty cool. However, I find that I have to use my mouse and click on the unfocused monitor before I can actually slide back and forth ...
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Keyboard shortcut for restoring applications from the Mac OS X Dock?

Is there a keyboard shortcut to restore a minimised application window from the Dock? Almost all Apple Mac OSX applications respond to the Apple + M command which minimises the current application ...
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Can home and end keys be mapped when using Terminal?

The home and end keys on a MacBook Pro can be emulated with fn + left arrow or fn + right arrow. Or when certain settings are changed, with the Command (Apple) key instead of fn. None of these ...
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Make a custom keyboard layout the system default — even for the login screen

Can I make a custom keyboard layout (one that wasn’t included with OS X by default) the system default — even for the login screen?
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Alternative to Windows Snipping Tool for Mac OSX

Is there something like the Windows Snipping Tool for OSX? For those, who don't know about the tool, it's an easy to use software to take snapshot of any portion of screen, and is really useful in ...
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Switching from Ubuntu to OS X and I'm lost

Situation I got tired of some bugs/annoyments in Ubuntu(=some programs coming along with it). For example after using compiz for a few days I found bugs that were distracting my work flow pretty bad ...
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How do I take a screenshot on my Mac?

What's the easiest way to take a screenshot of my Mac? I've used Grab.app, but it's a bit annoying just to get a quick screenshot. Is there a faster way?
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Home and End commands in Lion

After installing Lion, ⌘ + ← doesn't go to the line start and ⌘ + → doesn't go to the line end. Anyone know how to reconfigure this?
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Command+right/left stopped working

On a couple occasions since I installed Lion, the keyboard shortcuts ⌘+→ and ⌘+← have stopped working to navigate to the beginning/end of a line inside text fields and such. Any ideas what's going ...
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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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How can I get Safari to reopen my last closed tab?

I'm switching back to Safari from Chrome. Now that I figured out how to get Safari to let me navigate tabs the way I want, only one thing remains: I want to be able to reopen my last closed tab with ...
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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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What is the keyboard shortcut for editing a cell in Excel?

I can't find the keyboard shortcut for this on the mac. It's F2 on a windows machine.
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Toggle “Use all F1, F2 as standard keys” via script

I toggle the "Use all F1, F2 as standard keys" setting very often and would like to automate it via a script (or a keyboard shortcut). Is it possible? I've tried to Google the right arguments for ...
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How do I open the context menu from a Mac keyboard?

In Windows, one can hit Shift+F10 to access the "Context Menu." But a similar keyboard action doesn't seem possible on Mac. One potential application... When I make a spelling error in a document, ...
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What is the ⌥ key?

Is this key the same as shift? If so, why don't people just call it shift? I spent a long time looking around for what this key means. Google returned no results. My MacBook Air keyboard does not ...
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How do you change the behavior of the power button in Lion?

On my Macbook Pro, whenever you press the power button it goes into sleep mode. How do I change this to do nothing?
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How can I force command-line arguments to a program shortcut in the dock?

I have Chrome installed in Applications, and a shortcut to it in the Dock. How can I achieve to force some command-line arguments to each start-up of this app? Let me be clearer, in the Terminal, I ...
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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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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 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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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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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 ...