I cannot seem to find out how to hit the ctrl key on a Mac. When I open a terminal and I want to exit an editor such as nano as I cannot since I don't know how to exit and save. How would I do this? I am using OS X 10.5.
Different keyboard layouts have used different labels on the CTRL or Control key. It might be marked
CTRL or even
^. Additionally, the behavior of that key can be easily reassigned using System Preferences, which means that the control key on your keyboard could be remapped to do something else (or nothing); if you are not getting results when you post, that could be the problem.
I've created an instructional video on how to press the control key on a mid-2011 MacBook Air.
When working in the editor nano (within Terminal) your ctrl key combinations are listed at the bottom of said terminal window.
NOTE: The following key combinations consist of only letters.
The key combinations you are searching for are:
ctrl + o = Save (Will provide a prompt to chose name to save as)
ctrl + x = Exit
Other popular combinations while on the standard nano editor are:
ctrl + g = Get Help
ctrl + r = Read file (Insert file from specific location)
ctrl + k = Cut Text (Will cut the entire line of text that your cursor is on)
ctrl + w = Where Is (Search current nano page)
ctrl + c = Current Position (Locates the current position your cursor is on and reports the line column and character)