Is there a setting to delete the last word using the command key and backspace?

Currently this combination of keys deletes the current line. Instead, I want to delete the last word (before the cursor).

How can I do that natively (without any other apps, if possible)? Is there a terminal command to run or maybe an option somewhere?

In the terminal I use Ctrl + w, but I'm interested how to do that in UI apps (browser, and other non-terminal applications).

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Option-Delete        Delete the word to the left of the insertion point.

Have a look at the Document shortcuts section in: Mac keyboard shortcuts

  • Can you take a look at this question, too? Thanks! May 10, 2016 at 10:00
  • @Ionică Bizău, I looked at your other question. I normally do not use that feature and having just now tested it, it is only working sporadically on my system running OS X 10.8.5. So there's not really any help I can offer, sorry. May 10, 2016 at 10:43

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