Questions tagged [keybindings]

Pertaining to the settings which define what a key press on the keyboard will do.

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How to change the default behaviour of the fullscreen/maximize button?

There is a question that deals with the different behaviour of the fullscreen button in the window bar. There, it is shown that by doing: ⌥ + ⇧ + Click on green or outer right icon (plus icon) I can ...
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How to prevent Command-I/Command-Shift-I from opening Mac Mail when in browser?

When in a browser (Chrome or Safari), the following keyboard shortcut will always bring up a window that says "Welcome To Mail": Command+Shift+I I would like to use this shortcut for another purpose....
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Yosemite volume up and down doesn't make a feedback sound

Instead of playing a sound when volume up/down is pressed on the keyboard it now plays a sound when you hold down SHIFT + Vol Up / Vol Down. How does one configure it to work like it did before?
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Type Lambda λ on a Mac?

Is there a way to type lambda λ on a mac without switching the entire keyboard binding to Greek, as described here: How do you type Theta on a Mac?
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Control Spotify with Media Keys

How can I use the media keys (previous track, play/pause, next track) for Spotify instead of iTunes? OS X 10.9.4
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Simulate INSERT key in Mac OS X

Long story short, I am using Citrix to remote into my PC at work, and several applications require the use of the INSERT key, which, as everyone knows, Apple chose to eliminate from their keyboards. I'...
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How can I remap Caps lock to both Escape and Control?

I generally run Linux. I use Vim a lot, so the Escape key is extremely important. I also use other keyboard shortcuts a lot, so Control is "key" as well. On Linux, I've solved this by using xcape to ...
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How to show or hide Keyboard Viewer with a keyboard shortcut?

I would like to display and hide the Keyboard Viewer using a shortcut. Is there a way to display the Keyboard Viewer via a keyboard shortcut? Is there a way to automatically display the Keyboard ...
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How can I choose a user an the login page without a mouse?

As a old-school Unix junkie I don't like being forced to use a mouse when a simple keyboard shortcut would do. Today I found myself needing to login to an OSX machine just to launch an app, but the ...
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How to use CapsLock as modifier key without consuming Alt+Shift keybinding?

I want to use CapsLock as a modifier key to type symbols like ({\})= using the alphabetical keys in the keyboard. For example: CapsLock+a is mapped to = CapsLock+k is mapped to \ To do this, I ...
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I need to disable my main keyboard as one letter is not working and it's out of warranty

This is my current setup: 1 year warranty expired. 90 days warranty warranty expired too. Using external keyboard on top of the internal keyboard for now. I need to disable the built-in one, because ...
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iterm - what's the key-combo to switch panes?

I've learned how to split my terminal windows with apple-d and apple-shift-d. Its very useful. How do I then switch between the two panes (see below) using the keyboard? I know I can use the mouse ...
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How to quit without saving using just the keyboard?

When I quit an application (e.g., Excel) with Command-Q, a dialog box pops up, asking me to select between don't save, cancel and save. I can hit Enter to select save, or I can navigate the mouse to ...
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How can I send the currently active window to the back?

Is there a shortcut or such to send the currently active window to the back of the screen while still keeping it open (so that it ends up "beneath" all other open windows)?
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How to get external Apple keyboard to accept modifier key input from Macbook's internal keyboard (and vice-versa)?

I just bought an older Apple keyboard, with the idea that I could use it in conjunction with my internal Macbook Pro keyboard as a substitute for buying a keyboard that's capable of splitting into two ...
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Creating physical escape key on new MacBook Pro with TouchBar by altering .keylayout for § key

The UK keyboard layouts for the TouchBar MacBook Pro's have a pretty useless §/± key at the top left that would be a perfect to use as a physical escape key (see this image). macOS has a keyboard ...
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Send Enter key using the mouse

I have to use the mouse a lot, but have to keep hitting enter as well. It would really help if I could use the mouse to send a global/system-level "enter" key event via triple click or something. Why?...
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Apple terminal no home and end key - Use cmd left or cmd right

How do I make ⌘+← and ⌘+→ move the text cursor very left and right of the terminal entry line. This keyboard shortcut works on most things on my mac book but not the Terminal. Usually I use the home ...
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Has Arrow Key Navigation Changed for Skim in Yosemite?

In Mavericks, I was able to scroll through PDFs in Skim by pressing the up/down arrow keys, with the down arrow navigating to later pages in the document, and the up arrow navigating to earlier pages. ...
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Paste path into File Open/Save Dialog?

How do I paste a file path into a standard file open/save dialog? I have googled this and found articles that say that the normal ⌘ CMD-V will work, however it does not work for me. I'm ...
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Any other way to move cursor to the end of line, instead of <Cmd>+<right-arrow>

Cmd + → is not finger-friendly for me. So I wonder any other way without the 4-arrow-key to do the same, any one will be appreciated. System: MacOS X El Capitan Version 10.11.6 Usage: move the ...
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How to take a screenshot of the same precise region with a key combo?

I have a certain location on my screen that I would like to take a screenshot of rather frequently for a project. Is there a way to set a key binding that would allow one to press a certain ...
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Different key-maps/bindings for in-built keyboard and Bluetooth keyboard

I oft have to use a Windows keyboard with my Macbook. I have two different profiles in Karabiner, but I don't want to have to keep switching between them. How can I have different profiles apply to ...
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How to get Cmd-Tab (Mapped to Alt-Tab) in a Parallels Windows VM to cycle just Windows Apps?

I have a Windows VM running in Parallels and is working just fine. I have mapped Apple-⌘ Cmd key to Windows-Alt and Apple-⌥ Opt to Windows-⊞ Win. When I press ⌘ Cmd-Tab - even in full screen mode - I ...
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Keyboard shortcuts with a single key?

Some apps (e.g. Tweetbot) have single-key keyboard shortcuts. However, when trying to set shortcuts in System Preferences, we’re not allowed to do the same. Is there a user-facing way of achieving ...
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Create a Global Shortcut for a Single Letter

The "w" key on my MacBook Pro broke due to water damage. Currently I am copy and pasting the letter whenever I need that, but I would prefer to be able to press a keyboard shortcut to type it. The ...
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Is there a way to resize Dock in macOS using keyboard shortcuts?

I would like to be able to resize the Dock in macOS strictly using keybindings. Ideally, this would be incrementally and work similar to the way that volume/brightness increase/decrease keys work. I ...
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How to change Home / End behaviour on Yosemite

I want to change the Home and End keys to work like Windows/Linux. CHANGE: Home to Command-Left Arrow. // Beginning of the line End to Cmd-Right Arrow. // End of the line I tried using ...
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Is there keyboard shortcut to deselect text on a mac?

To select all text in Chrome or other apps I can use: Command+a From a web search I found this potential shortcut to deselect text: Command+Shift+a Sadly that doesn't work any apps I've tried. Is ...
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How to display the current mapping for keyboard shortcuts in realtime?

Is there an app / script which will listen for keyboard events and display the action that is triggered? I use Better Touch Tool, and want to run a script on Cmd+F1 but I got the message: The key ...
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Yosemite Upgrade changed numeric keypad “Enter” key to issue “^[33OM”

On Mavericks and previous, the "ENTER" key on the numeric keypad mimicked the "ENTER" key on the main keyboard. I can't find a way to map this back to working like an "ENTER" key again. Where this ...
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Triggers on specifc applications in Keyboard Maestro

How can I tell Keyboard Maestro to only enable a given trigger (e.g. a hot key) when a specific application is active? For example, I would like a specific macro/hotkey that pastes without formatting ...
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iTerm2 - How to show alternate screen in iTerm2?

In Terminal.app, there is a shortcut to Show Alternate Screen: Shift + Command + ↓ Is there a shortcut to do the same thing in iTerm2? If no, is there a way to assign one? How?
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Custom keyboard layout: Command+V doesn't paste in Safari and Mail

I have created a custom keyboard layout (.keylayout file) and remapped (amongst other keys) the X, C and V keys. However, I want to keep Cmd+X/C/V like on the QWERTY, because it's practical and I am ...
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DefaultKeyBinding.dict: moveWordBackward: is not overridden on macOS Sierra

I've recently started using a new computer (actually a Hackintosh) with macOS Sierra. My previous development machine is still on El Capitan. In the process of setting up the new machine I've added ~/...
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Why can I not set Safari keyboard shortcuts? Conflicts with secondary, unlisted Back/Forward commands

I use ⌘← and ⌘→ to move between tabs. I want to transfer this setting to Safari. The default Safari keyboard shortcuts shown in the menu bar list ⌘[ and ⌘] for Back/Forward: Despite those keyboard ...
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“Dvorak - Qwerty ⌘” doesn't work for some applications

I recently switched to Dvorak, and I'm using the Dvorak - Qwerty ⌘ layout. It works in most situations, except some applications don't honor the Qwerty shortcuts. That is, if I were to press what ...
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Which one is the delete button on an Apple keyboard?

I use the cmdbackspace shortcut but in some applications fnbackspace seems to work as well. So which one it the delete hotkey in OS X El Capitan?
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How to lock the iPad's screen with a keyboard shortcut?

Is it possible to lock the iPad's screen by using a keyboard shortcut, when using a BT keyboard, or the SmartKeyboard? Cmd+Shift+Eject as on the Mac does not work. Holding down the Cmd key also does ...
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How to type “Full Width” characters?

I would like to be able to type with the "full width" characters, such as abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz and ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ or 0123456789 or even !#$&*+-<=>?@[\]^_{|}~⦅⦆¢£¬ ̄¦¥₩ ...
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Disable caps lock key [duplicate]

I have a new MacBook Air and I keep bumping the caps lock key. As you can imagine this is really frustrating. Is there a way to totally disable the caps lock key without having to install software ...
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Why does the combination fn+⌘+delete doesn't work?

As a new user of MacOS - coming from the Windows world -, I'm trying to quickly learn how the Delete key works here and what are the possible combinations with other keys. However, while listed in ...
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Caps to Shift Lock

It would be awesome if the caps key could change the numbers to symbols as well. For instance, with caps on, it would be nice if pressing "4" would produce "$". Is there an easy way to do this on ...
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Map Control+Delete to Forward Delete

I use a wireless Apple keyboard at home and a wired (full sized) one at work. Now I constantly get confused when I want to do a forward delete, since I'm used to the fn+delete combination. Is it ...
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Long press key to reveal special characters does not work after update to High Sierra

I have a similar problem as the asker in this question on Apple's forum. After I updated from Sierra to High Sierra (v10.13.3) on a MBP retina 13" mid 2014, I noticed the character picker (special ...
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How do I configure the Emacs-like keyboard shortcuts in OS X?

OS X has built in support for many Emacs-like keyboard shortcuts: for example, Control-A moves the cursor to the beginning of the paragraph and Control-E moves the cursor to the end. How can I ...
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CMD+Left Arrow, CMD+Right Arrow — Jump Word

I've switched my Ctrl and Cmd key to replicate my hotkeys on Windows. I've fixed my home and end keys to behave as I'd like and now all that's left is remapping my Cmd+← and Cmd+→ to behave properly. ...
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Different keyboard mapping on external keyboard

Currently I have a challenging keyboard setup. My MacBook Pro has a fr_FR (French AZERTY) keyboard, but the layout is currently set to fr_CA (Canadian QWERTY). Even if the keys are not labelled right, ...
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keybinding for macOS Sierra

As it needs 3 keys on a German keyboard (alt shift 7) to get a backslash, I would like to use the keys on the numerical keyboard to get this character (and others difficult to obtain as é). I tried ...
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How to change key bindings on MBP

By default I have to hit fn+up arrow and fn+down arrow for page up and page down actions, but those buttons are on opposite sides of the keyboard. I want to be able to do rshift+up and rshift+down. I ...