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How to remap comma on Apple numeric keypad to dot

Is there any way to change the key mapping of the apple keyboard? As programmer I find annoying there's a comma instead a dot in numeric keypad. I would remap this key to have dot ...
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Accessing fine-grained volume control using external keyboard volume wheel

In macOS, the Volume keys change the volume in full steps, but it is possible make fine-grained changes using Option-Shift-Volume{Up,Down}. I have an external keyboard connected which provides a ...
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How to insert a tab in a cell in Excel for Microsoft 365

For inserting a tab in a cell, I have tried the instructions from a few resources but none work. Here is one from Microsoft Learn has options but they do not work: How do I indent in Excel 2011 for ...
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Switching Spaces between full screened windows of same app with 3-finger swipe, focus is still on the previous Space

I recently upgraded my 2018 MacBook Pro running Mojave to a 2023 MacBook Pro running Ventura. Since the upgrade, I've noticed some differences in behavior that weren't present before. My primary ...
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M1 macbook air - Karabiner elements - can't find § key that I wish to void as the key is stuck down (metaphor§ically)§§§§

I have got a 4 year old mac and the line of numbers keys seem to be failing. I have used Karabiner Elements to remap f3 to 3 and void 3. I had thought the problem was over use given the # and £ ...
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iOS: Type occasional straight quotes with smart quotes turned on (external keyboard)

The question Type straight quotes (",') when smart quotes is turned on answers this quite well for macOS, but the solution (using a text replacement with the straight quote as the replacement ...
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How to switch between fullscreen applications in OSX (Mavericks)

I use a lot of different spaces for my fullscreen applications to get me focus on the different tasks I have to do. For example, I have a space with my mail app, subversion app, safari and so on. To ...
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TextInputSwitcher prevents Finder from using Command + Shift + (.) keyboard shortcut

I've encountered a strange issue on my M1 MacBook Air running macOS 14.5 Sonoma where Finder is unable to take advantage of the Command + Shift + . shortcut to show/hide hidden files. When I use the ...
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Are there third-party mechanical keyboards that strictly have the Apple layout?

Are there third-party keyboards that have the Apple layout? I found this question but it is not my one. I mean, "STRICTLY", Mac layout. The sizes of keys, the paddings between keys, no Num Lock, ...
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Enable keyboard shortcut to look up word in dictionary

I have been using the trackpad w/ force touch to look up the defintions of words when browsing (safari/chrome/ff/etc). It looks like this: The problem is my wrist has been bothering me as I use the ...
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Keyboard shortcut highjacked with VSCode to trigger TypeScript props

I can't use the ^ space shortcut on VSCode. Here is the behaviour I want to have (but it's associated with the wrong shortcut here it's ⇧ space): I already landed on the apple forum to free Control-...
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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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Scrolling with MacBook trackpad: Is it possible to do with only one finger while a key pressed?

The normal way to scroll on a MacBook trackpad is to use two-finger scrolling. Is it possible to scroll with one finger as follows: Press and hold a key-modifier (e.g. ctrl/alt etc). Scroll using ...
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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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How to create a new iTerm2 with a keystroke and bring just this window to front

I've searched for quite a while now, I talked to numerous artificial intelligences, real intelligences and I tried many things including apple script and iTerms python API. But it seems impossible to ...
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How do I disable the Minimize (command-M) shortcut?

I want to unset the Cmd+M shortcut but I can't seem to find it. I've checked System Preferences > Keyboard > Shortcuts but no luck there. I've even tried running defaults write -g ...
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How can I type unicode characters without using the mouse?

I want to type unicode characters with the keyboard. I'm looking for a solution with no mouse usage. For example, below I have a line with the unicode "PILE-OF-POO" character: 💩 The codepoint for ...
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MacOS: How to turn off Option key printing special characters in VS Code, IntelliJ etc

Most code editors like IntelliJ, VSCode etc have many shortcuts using the 'option' key in mac. For me, using the option key would cause a special character to be printed instead of performing the ...
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Using CMD+Tab two switch between applications focuses the wrong window in the selected application

Say I’m in Chrome and I have three Chrome windows open. Window #2 is focused. I CommandTab to Apple Mail (or any other open program), then CommandTab back to Chrome and Window #1 is now focused. This ...
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USB Overdrive how to use a modifier key to change the macro executed

On my Mac I use USB Overdrive to assign the macros CmdShift[ or ] to switch tabs quickly with my mouse's side buttons. I wanted to know if it was possible to make it so that when I am holding down a ...
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What is the white slit on the edge of my Apple Magic Keyboard?

I can't find any information on what this slit is. Is it supposed to light up or is it the bluetooth interface? The model is a1644 2020/09
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How to switch off backward auto correction?

Auto-Correction is disabled in Settings > General > Keyboards. But the keyboard still auto corrects!? I swipe [word 1], then [word 2] and suddenly [word 1] changes. It btw never ever changes to ...
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Open the most recently closed Finder location (tab or window) with a keyboard shortcut

In Finder, I can reopen a tab or window I just accidentally closed by going into the Go > Recent Folders menu and pick one of the recent folders from the list. I'd like to open it with shortcut ⌘ ⇧...
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Repeat a list of letters (macOS14.5)

I want to repeat a keyboard sequence every second. For example I would like to press A, wait a second on R wait a second then B and start the loop again indefinitely. I want to perform multiple key ...
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Image Renaming, Mac's PREVIEW app: When typing a new name into name field at very top of Toolbar, how can I execute the rename with ENTER KEY?

I've been wanting to figure this out for years. When trying to rename an open PREVIEW image file by typing a new filename directly into the name field at the very top of the Toolbar's Name field, the ...
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1 answer
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Override cmd + tab to control + tab to switch tabs in macOS using Karabiner Elements

I am using a Macbook Air M2 with macOS Monterey. I am trying to get the keyboard bindings to better/more mimic Windows 10. The laptop keyboard is like this: {fn/globe} {control} {option} {command} I ...
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Cmd+Tab not working on iOS 17

When using an external Bluetooth keyboard (Logitech MX Keys Mini) with my iPhone (15 Pro Max running the latest iOS 17), I am unable to use the app switcher with the Cmd+Tab keyboard shortcut. ...
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Disable all system fn+letter keyboard shortcuts

I have the fn key set up as the Meta key for Emacs. But recently Mac OS (both 12.0.1 and 12.1) has started gobbling one or two combinations of fn plus a letter key: most notably, fn+N opens ...
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How to Enable iTerm Profile Shortcut Key cmd-ctrl-d key by Disabling Dictionary Lookup in macOS for iTerm?

I've been trying to set up a specific shortcut key (cmd-control-d) in iTerm to trigger a profile action. However, this shortcut conflicts with macOS's default dictionary lookup feature. I'm looking ...
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How to kill and restart input language in macOS?

These days I have been stuck in a painstaking case where an input of language is not switched to some languages. I usually use English, Simplified Chinese, and Japanese, but Japanese input language ...
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How to access shortcuts for Forward and Backwards in PhpStorm when using a German keyboard on a Mac

I have recently switched from a PC to a Mac. I'm working a lot in PhpStorm and there use the keyboard shortcuts for Forward and Backwards, which on Windows are Ctrl+Alt+←/→. Now I read that this is on ...
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Sketch app input field value not increase/decrease with arrows key

I am running Catalina on my MacBook Pro mid 2014 retina. From few days I am having strange issue with my Sketch app. I can’t increase/decrease input values from arrows key. When I select any input ...
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How do I open the context menu from a Mac keyboard?

In Windows, one can hit Shift+F10 to access the "Context Menu." But a similar keyboard action doesn't seem possible on Mac. One potential application... When I make a spelling error in a document, ...
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Rearrange keycaps on '09 MBP?

I'm kinda interested in using the Dvorak layout (if nothing else, people won't want to steal my machine as much), but it drives me insane that tapping a key types a different character than is written ...
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How can I prevent iOS keyboard's predictive typing from suggesting a given word?

I have an iPhone 12 Mini running on iOS 15. When I click on some text field, e.g. Gmail IOS app's compose box, the iOS keyboard gives me 3 word suggestions, even before I start typing. How can I ...
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BK3001BA Keyboard not connecting after entering correct passcode

I can't seem to connect my BA3001BA Bluetooth keyboard to my mac. It pairs, and then asks for a passcode. I enter the passcode and I get the spinning beachball of death and shortly thereafter, it says ...
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Is there a way to start a specific application with a keyboard short cut? [duplicate]

Sort of like the Windows+R command in the windows world? That actually just lets you run a command but you get the idea.
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Mac Studio stopped recognising Apple wired keyboard

last week my Mac Studio suddenly stopped recognising my wired Apple keyboard. This happens after a reboot or when it was shut down - at first, it was enough to unplug it once and then it was ...
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iPad symbol keyboard on iOS iPad transfer to iPhone iOS 14.7.1

For years I’ve had an iPad symbol keyboard which I added in keyboard settings and would like to have it on my iPhone 11, but cannot find the third-party keyboard anywhere. I can’t find in iPhone App ...
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How can I assign a keyboard shortcut to a process to open a Spotlight window and repopulate it specific filter(s) (eg. "Kind" == "Folder")

My current process to search for a specific directory listing uses Spotlight wth filters in a regular Finder window. I add file attribute filters to refine my search to folders only, and sometimes a ...
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emacs-like key-bindings for window management within macOS

Is there a way to have macOS key-bindings that let me manipulate windows? For example: ⌘ Command → to move the window to the right ⌘ Command + → to grow the window to the right I'm looking for tools ...
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How to make 'F' and 'J' left and right ctrl respectively, using Karabiner-Elements?

So, I appear to be getting RSI in my left hand due to the frequent pressing of the left-control key. I have already remapped caps-lock to left-control, which did help things for a while. I would like ...
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How can I get a list of potential methods for DefaultKeyBinding.dict?

I would like to take more advantage of being able to define shortcuts in the Mac DefaultKeyBinding.dict. However I cannot find a comprehensible list of what I can remap. Right now I am searching for ...
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Is there a shortcut which invokes the "Login Window..." fast user switching command?

Firstly, let me say that there's two questions on Think Different that claim to answer this question but do not: Does the MacBook Air have a Fast User Switching (Login Window) shortcut key? The ...
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Function Keys setting resets

I prefer the default behavior of the Function keys on my Mac to act like old school standard function keys (F1, F2, etc.). So I switch on the according setting in macOS 13: Keyboard / Keyboard ...
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How do I type an acute accent on the Russian PC keyboard layout?

I need to write an acute accent over over a Russian letter to indicate stress. Google tells me to switch to QWERTY, hold the letter key and select the accented one. This types a U+00E9 LATIN SMALL ...
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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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How to change language for automatic spelling correction on iPhone?

I want my iOS to recognise both UK and US spellings as correct, but prioritise one over the other, depending on which is the primary language used (but that's secondary). I came across solutions, ...
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How can I configure a key to "Start Dictation" with a Microsoft Surface Ergonomic Keyboard?

I have a Microsoft Surface Ergonomic Keyboard paired to my MacBook Pro over Bluetooth. macOS has detected the keyboard as an "Ergonomic Keyboard." When I go to the keyboard settings and ...
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Why does command-tab in Remote Desktop sometimes target the remote computer's application switcher and sometimes the local computer?

Sometimes when I command-tab in an Apple's Remote Desktop window to switch among applications it opens the remote computer's application switcher and sometimes it activates the local computer's ...

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