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Change 'New Quick Note' keyboard shortcut

How to change the shortcut fn+Q to create a quick note to another hotkey? My Logitech K380 doesn't support fn+letters as valid hotkeys.
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Type special characters in iTerm2: Dead keys seem to be ignored

How to type special characters in iTerm2 using dead keys, e.g. typing Opt ⌥ + e + e should give é also in iTerm. Note, there is a workaround as in this answer https://apple.stackexchange.com/a/...
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Can't boot into Recovery via Wired Windows keyboard, can't log in to accounts either

I recently bought an iMac Mid 2011, and it has 3 accounts on it, all locked with passwords. I have an external Windows keyboard and external (wireless) mouse. I don't know the passwords so I thought I'...
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Can't write "#" symbol in VS Code on macOS

In Visual Studio Code, all characters and symbols work without problems except #. I tried all keyboard keys, SHIFT+3 OPTION+3 etc.; none work, the problem is only with VS Code. No other programs have ...
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Control built-in MacBook Pro Speakers with keyboard while using alternate sound output

Is there any way to control my built-in MacBook Pro Speakers with the keyboard sound controls (F10, F11, F12) while using an alternate device for sound output? I am using HDMI/DisplayPort speakers for ...
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Keyboard doesn't work when Macbook is in lock screen

The keyboard doesn't work when my macbook pro 2021 (MacOS 12.6) is in lock screen. If I need to unlock it first time after booting, I need to use an external keyboard to unlock it. The keyboard works ...
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I want to program fn keys to bring up words that I use a lot

I remember old computers where you could program fn keys to add long words to your text to save typing them again and again. I would like to do this on a Mac. I have tried karabiner but that doesn’t ...
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Boot Camp can't detect my macOS volume

Recently, I installed Windows 8.1 Pro on my MacBook Air (Early 2015, 13 inch). Windows 8.1 worked fine for 2-3 days, but the drivers for trackpad and keyboard started to behave erratically and ...
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Universal Control working intermittently between two Macs running macOS 12.6

I’m using a 14” M1 MacBook Pro and an Intel Mac mini, both running macOS 12.6, with Universal Control enabled so that I can share an external Magic Keyboard and Magic Mouse between both Macs. The ...
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Disable special characters on long press (ApplePressAndHoldEnabled) ONLY within Terminal Version 2.12.7 (445)

macOS version 12.6 Terminal Version 2.12.7 (445) Before my last macOS update today, I was able to speed page in less by holding J or K. While outside the terminal I was able to use the suggested ...
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External keyboard’s globe 🌐 (fn) key doesn't open emoji picker in clamshell mode

In the Keyboard settings of my MacBook, I have selected "Press 🌐 (globe) to Show Emoji & Symbols": While this works fine on the internal keyboard, pressing fn 🌐 on an external Magic ...
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What are the options to stream my laptop screen to HDMI?

This is a follow up question to this: Why doesn't my setup of using a screen with an apple monitor work, and how do I debug it? I gave up on the idea of using this KVM for now, but I am starting ...
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iterm2 make option behave like alt *everywhere*

I'm trying to switch to iTerm2 so that I can get window splits in my terminals. However, I have a bunch of keybindings in zsh that use the alt-key which don't work with iterm. This question gives a ...
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How to change the key § to key ` on macOS? [duplicate]

I would like to change the key § to key ```` on MacOS 12.6. Not a Mac GURU, but when I type, I'm using the ` apostrophe and is much easier for me if possible. Can someone please provide step-by-step ...
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macOS Monterey: set power button default long-press action, possible?

When long-pressing the power button, instead of showing the thing below, can I specify it to sleep immediately? I have searched the web, but the only thing I could find was this question for Lion, and ...
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How to specify fn in DefaultKeyBinding.dict?

I've found many pages indicating that fn can't be remapped because it never gets sent to the OS (eg https://super-unix.com/askdifferent/macos-mapping-usb-keyboard-fn-key-to-option-key-with-...
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Mapping left and righht Opt separately on Aquamacs

In Aquamacs I'd like to use the left Option as Meta, while keeping the one on the right as mod key (for an Italian keyboard). A setup I have found that gets me close is this (custom-set-variables '(...
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iPad Initial Setup with Keyboard and Mouse

I have an iPad Mini 1st gen with a broken digitizer that has been factory reset. It doesn’t give any touch input at all, no ghost touches or anything. I was hoping I could get a lightning to USB Host (...
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How to redefine Opt+Left Arrow and Opt+Right Arrow hotkeys?

I would like to use Opt+← and Opt+→ as hotkeys in some apps but when I try to use them, they still behave as beginning and end of line. How do I unset the OS's bindings for these key combos? I would ...
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Can I somehow move ALL windows of a program [using Spectacle] to second monitor (using keyboard, not mouse)

A user (with two minitors) needs to review email on monitor 1 and other app (e.g.,browser) on monitor 2. When outlook email is moved to monitor 2, the view of browser (on monitor 1) is still ...
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Override an application-defined shortcut with one set up in the macOS Shortcuts app

I have the following shortcut defined in the new Shortcuts app (available since Monterey): I then have this shortcut mapped to F12 in System Preferences, like so: This works perfectly in every app ...
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Is there any iPad-compatible keyboard that is arbitrarily remappable?

I'm looking for a keyboard model that would be able to connect to my iPad and be possible to reprogram at the accessory-level to have custom key mappings/layouts. I understand that many mechanical ...
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How to create a keyboard shortcut to a fullscreen window?

When a window is fullscreen, it occupies a new Desktop in Mission Control. Is there a way to have a keyboard shortcut to got to that desktop/space (without having to recreate the shortcut each time)? ...
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Alternative keyboard layouts on iPadOS?

Whether with touchscreen keyboard or external Bluetooth keyboard, it is possible to select some alternative keyboard layouts. But is it possible to remap keys arbitrarily so as to support various ...
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Shortcut to translate selected text

any hint on how to create a keyboard shortcut to translate a selected text in Safari (or, even better, in any app?)
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How can I see the bind event key ID for remapping keys with zsh in real time?

I thought there used to be a way with Zsh on the OSX where you could view a live print out of keys to bind event ids. Something like showkey -a where it'll print out the bind key combo you just ...
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Why doesn't Firefox honour non-clashing custom keyboard shortcuts?

(Similar to How can I set Firefox to respect my custom Mac keyboard shortcuts?, but that's about custom keyboard shortcuts that clash with Firefox's own shortcuts. This question is not.) I have added ...
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Make Command act as Control in macOS Terminal without 3rd-party apps?

Is it at all possible to make Command behave as Control in macOS Terminal, without use of 3rd-party apps (f.e. without Karabiner, maybe with terminal commands like defaults)?
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Keyboard shortcut Command + backtick (`) disabled, re-enable?

I have accidentally assigned the shortcut Command` to something undesired, while the shortcut in default was been used to switch between opening windows inside the same currently active app. How can I ...
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Macbook Pro M1 stuck when opening the lid

I am using Macbook Pro M1 13 inch-2020, 16GB RAM with Mac OS 12.5.1 Sometimes (not always), when I close the lid and open it again after a few hours, my Macbook is stuck. It does not respond to ...
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How can I avoid the delay on the keyboard switcher?

The keyboard switcher (e.g., the Globe key or whatever is mapped) has a delay. So, if I rapidly type Globe, f, Globe, f, etc. I get the random fכככככfכfכff rather than the expected alternating ...
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Can't paste whole copied text in terminal

When I try to paste a long text/code in any editor in Terminal or Iterm2, only part of the text is pasted. For example, as you can see below, I just generated a wall of text with 3000 words and copied ...
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Keyboard Access and Dialog Box Buttons

After upgrading to Catalina from High Sierra. I found that I can no longer use the enter key in place of the mouse to click on dialog box buttons. Keyboard access and navigation is currently enabled ...
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Put iMac display to sleep using Magic Keyboard with Lock Key

I've just upgraded to the 2021 Magic Keyboard with Lock Key (A2450). I used to be able to put my iMac's display to sleep using the Control–Shift–Media Eject shortcut. But now I have a Lock key instead ...
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Why do I keep getting á when I press ' than press a? [duplicate]

On my macbook if I want to write single quotation ' then letter a I get letter á instead of 'a what is the problem, and how can I fix it? Example: if I want to write apple inside single quotation like ...
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Tilde/backtick key is coming out as section/plus-minus key on my external keyboard

I've seen a few answers to this, but is there anyway to fix this without downloading anything? I've already tried changing the keyboard type but it has not worked. On my Magic keyboard this isn't a ...
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Macbook Pro 2021: how to make globe key act like old FN (toggle between special and f-keys)?

I'm upgrading from an old 2015 MBP (no touchbar) to a new 2021 MBP running Monterey 12.5. On my old MBP, pressing fn key would toggle the top row from their default state (brightness, sound controls) ...
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Strange characters when typing left arrow keys on the bluetooth keyboard

My Bluetooth keyboard now has three keys malfunctional. If I hit the left key multiple times it produces this: ‘u7’jm;mujmu7;jmm;m;jm;’’jm’7jm;;ju7jmu;jmu;;’’’7’’’;’;’’’’’;’’;’’jmu;’7;’’’’‘m;’ If I ...
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Mapping Control+Command+Eject on non-apple keyboard

How would I map different key combinations using Eject, such as Control+Command+Eject that restarts computer, when using non-Apple keyboard?
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How can I control playback in IINA using a game controller?

I want to use my game controller to fast-forward/rewind video playing in the app IINA. Specifically, I want to rotate one of the controller's joysticks counterclockwise to move IINA's playback back, ...
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Make Mac behave as a USB-Keyboard for another Mac

As part of a workgroup I am trying to run multiple bash commands in the recovery mode terminal. Because we have a large collection of Macs, and because not all of my coworkers are experienced in ...
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Can I use different FileVault keys for different installations of macOS on the same machine?

According to Apple, it's possible to install multiple instances of macOS on the same machine. This process involves creating a new APFS volume, then installing another instance of macOS into that ...
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Arrow keys not working as expected

The system is Monterey 12.5.1 and Mac Mini 2018 There are two occurance of the problem. One of them while using Finder. When I press space bar and preview files, I am supposed to switch between files ...
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Is there a way to define a hotkey via karabiner-elements for Emacs Anywhere instead of using the shortcut from Apple's System Preferences?

I really like a software program called Emacs Anywhere and I’m looking to understand how it works as a service in the keyboard shortcuts preference pane on macOS Monterey. Currently, I am following ...
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How can I investigate why a key ( { ) doesn't immediately respond on the keyboard?

I may have screwed up my mac keyboard strokes but I have no idea how to investigate. This issue seems to happen all over the OS and is not specific to a single application. Some things to have in mind:...
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Assign keyboard shortcuts for adjusting keyboard brightness

I have a Macbook Air (M1, 2020) and one of the few things I don't like about it is that it does not have dedicated function keys for increasing/decreasing the keyboard backlight brightness. I know ...
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Left arrow key goes to beginning of line

For no known reason the left arrow key has started behaving as if I'm pressing Command + left arrow. There is no way I can get the cursor to move one letter at a time except if I hold the shift key ...
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Cycle through only applications in current Desktop

Im using Macbook M1 pro 14. with MacOS 12.4 I would like to CMD + TAB to show only application from visible screen/Desktop. But CMD + TAB cycles through all application from various Desktop screens ...
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Unable to pair Apple wireless keyboard A1314 with macOS Monterey 12.5.1

Expected Pair Apple wireless keyboard A1314 (With batteries) to a MacBook pro running Monterey v12.5.1. Observed The Apple wireless keyboard cannot connect. Errors System Preferences UI: After ...
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MacBook Pro Laptop toolbar in all programs freeze up...can't use; even on the web and the apple itself. I have to restart after 20 min. to use again

I have had a MacBook Pro for a little over a year. Ever since I've had it, I can work in any app for 20 minutes and then I won't be able to open any option on the toolbar, like "Edit", &...

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