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Coming from a Windows Machine to a Mac - one of the things I missed was the HOME and END keys when editing a text document.

Then I discovered:

ctrl-E # move cursor to end of line
ctrl-A # move cursor to beginning of line

Which seems to do the same thing.

I'm wondering if this making too much of an assumption or I'm missing something. Although I've tested it, I'm asking the question because there might be a different scenario I've missed that makes it different.

My question is: Does ctrl-A and ctrl-E on a mac work the same as HOME and END on Windows?

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In fact this convention is coming from the Emacs text editor on Unix. Windows copied it 30 years later :).

Of course, this is working in:

emacs

and these 2 shells which inherited the editing line shortcuts of emacs:

bash
zsh

and these Apple graphical interface software:

Calendar
Messages
Notes
TextEdit
LibreOffice
Pages
Finder

On the other hand, this convention is failing in:

vi

and I suspect in some other softwares which have their own set of shortcuts without enough freedom to keep these very old and useful ones.

  • They copied a lot didn't they... – Solar Mike Dec 22 '17 at 16:58
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Answer is Yes, at least in TextWrangler and TextEdit :)

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