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Two different keyboard layouts for internal and external keyboard

My internal keyboard has a different layout than my external (USB) keyboard. Is it somehow possible for Mac OS X 10.11.2 to recognize from which keyboard the input comes and to chose the layout ...
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Play/pause is given priority to FaceTime instead of music playing applications

I listen to music on my iMac while working. When I get an incoming call (either FaceTime or cellular call) I want to pause the music and then answer the call (either by iMac or phone). In a reflex I ...
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How to enable modifier keys mapping for bluetooth 4.0 keyboards?

In macOS 10.13.6, when I use a bluetooth 4.0 keyboards the modifier keys mapping seems to be missing (keyboard not showing up). After I switch the keyboard to bluetooth 3.0 mode it shows up. Does it ...
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macOS Sierra - Change default Volume Up/Down keys to Option+Shift+Volume Up/Down?

Background The current behavior for the Volume Up/Down keys is to adjust the system volume in whole increments. But! The key combo Option(Alt)+Shift+Volume Up/Down will change the volume in 1/4 ...
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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 cmd+tab to Apple Mail (or any other open program), then cmd-tab back to Chrome and Window #1 is now focused. Happens ...
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How to add keyboard shortcut for "Move to Predicted Mailbox" in Apple Mail?

In Apple Mail (under macOS Catalina, 10.15.3) there is a menu item "Move to Predicted Mailbox" . It already has a keyboard shortcut ^ CMD M. I would like to change that to something else. Now, the ...
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Microsoft Sculpt Keyboard becomes unresponsive intermittently on mac

I have a macbook pro running OS X v10.13.6 and am using the microsoft sculpt keyboard with it. The keyboard works but would become unresponsive intermittently. This is the setting I see in System ...
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How to use the 'Insert' key on an external keyboard with macOS?

I connected an external Logitech wireless USB keyboard to a MacBook Pro. Generally the keyboard works fine. But the Insert key (present on this external keyboard, is not present on the MacBook's built-...
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How do I type the grave accent/backtick (`) from mac to windows?

I am using Microsoft Remote Desktop v. 8.0.36 (have also tried 8.0.33) to a windows server. When I use the button to the left of 1 on my keyboard, I get a backslash in the remote desktop. If I enable ...
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Disable battery warning for bluetooth keyboard and mouse

I would like to disable the extremely annoying notification popups when my bluetooth mouse or keyboards batteries are getting low. I have enough rechargeable batteries in my drawer, so I do not need a ...
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Modifier keys... don't show the "Select keyboard" option

I'm using keyboard KeyCool 84 with Bluetooth version 4.0. When I use a cable to connect with my Mac (running macOS Mojave 10.14.5), I can use the modifier key function with an option to Select ...
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Change keyboard layout automatically when external keyboard connected

I recently purchased an external keyboard (non-apple) that is used at home and also dragged along with me from time to time, and I've noticed a need. My Mac is in English, as well as its physical ...
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What are the different OS X clipboards

Everybody uses the general OS X clipboard, which can programmatically accessed with pbcopy -general and pbpaste -general. However I noticed that the manpage of pbcopy and pbpaste also mention: -find ...
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Keyboard shortcut to move fullscreen app to second display

Is there any way I can set up a keyboard shortcut to move full screen apps (i.e., desktops) between my main display and my external display in OS X 10.10? I know about tools like BetterSnapTool, but ...
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Lock keyboard from CLI

I used to use kextload and kextunload to unlock/lock my keyboard. However, the actual kernel extension changes between MacBook models, and that can have unexpected results. For example, if the kext ...
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Re-mapping PgUp and PgDn on PC keyboard

I have a setup where I use the same (PC) keyboard for my PC and my Mac mini using a switch box. I switch back and forth between the two all the time - and in order to stay sane I have re-mapped many ...
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How to map Play/Pause key to mute/unmute Zoom?

I "converted" an old pair of headphones to wireless using a MPOW Wireless Receiver. Today I was on a Zoom call, muted and away from the keyboard and I wanted to unmute myself. So, I thought ...
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Keyboard shortcut for moving focus to a different screen

I am new to using Mac. I have been using a multi-monitor setup. Specifically, I have two monitors. Each of the monitor have multiple spaces. ``````````````````````````` ` 1 ` ` ` ...
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Force keyboard re-identification in Catalina MacOS

I switched from a Logitech keyboard to a Mac external keyboard on my macbook pro with Catalina MacOS. Every time I hit capitol M it types MZ. It could be the case that the keyboard is malfunctioning, ...
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Navigating to pop-up without a mouse

(By way of background I have been helping a local blind child learn coding. He's switching schools from a Windows based school to a Mac based school so I am trying to familiarise myself with VoiceOver ...
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Setting system volume in macOS when an external display with speakers is connected

Recently I purchased an external display for my MacBook Pro (2017). I chose an LG 27UK850. The display has built-in speakers and is connected to my MacBook via USB-C port. The speakers are working ...
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What keyboards can reliably be used to start up recovery or diagnostics mode on a Mac mini?

I have a Mac mini which is stalling during boot. I have been trying to boot it to recovery or diagnostics mode, but run into an unexpected problem. The keyboard I'm currently using with it is a ...
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Bluetooth keyboard doesn't work on Mojave

I have a MacBook Pro 2017 and ever since I installed macOS Mojave, my Bluetooth keyboard stopped working properly. I don't have a stock Apple Bluetooth keyboard, I have this one: https://www.gearbest....
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Is there a way to have a system wide meta key?

I know that in terminal, one can remap right option -> meta. This lets you do nice UNIX commands such as META-F (which goes forward a word), META-B, etc. However, if you try doing OPTION-F outside ...
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⌥ +⇧ + 7 (backslash on Swedish keyboard) crashes programs on macOS High Sierra

Using macOS 10.13.4 I'm using the swedish keyboard layout on my iMac, and I've got a problem with my keyboard. Everytime I press "⌥ +⇧ + 7" the active program (some programs crashes after pressing it ...
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Is there a keyboard shortcut to open/switch to an app that is seeking attention from the Dock?

Can I program a key to intercept any app that seeks attention? I think that Linux, Gnome or KDE, used to have this a long time ago, ctrl-A or something like that is the hot key to activate the space /...
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Using right shift key to make a cap minimises the window

My daughter's friends were messing with the keyboard and now the right shift key minimizes the screen every time I'm using the shift to make a cap with the my right hand. Since I'm a touch typist ...
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Is hibernatemode 25 broken on macOS High Sierra and can it be fixed?

Following the instructions on this article, I've had hibernatemode 25 working since Sierra, El Capitan, and probably Yosemite. It's set via: sudo pmset -a hibernatemode 25 Beforehand, it worked like ...
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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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Automatically maximize windows when cycle through them using cmd + tab

I'm pretty new to macOS and today I tried to find out how to maximize a window as I cycle through them using Command+Tab. Here I found that I can maximize window just clicking alt before I release ...
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Keyboard shortcut for right-click in current cursor position on OS X? ('Menu Key' on Windows)

On windows computers there is often a key for this. Called the 'Menu Key' There is also a keyboard shortcut in windows, when the key is missing. Shift + F10 A similar request was made here but the ...
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How to activate System Text-Replacement for Atom?

Related question I have configured some text replacements in my local machine, via Preferences > Keyboard > Text, including a lot of code shortcuts, including shortcuts for my own developed ...
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Intermittent Keyboard Failure when Waking from Sleep

So after a pretty catastrophic failure (see: Yosemite Upgrades: Lost and Broken User Accounts ) I have reinstalled Yosemite on my old tower-style Mac Pro and begin the work of restoring from backups. ...
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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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Factory reset Apple bluetooth device in Monterey

Under older versions of macOS, holding Shift+Option while clicking the Bluetooth dropdown menu would yield additional options, including a "Debug" > "Factory reset all connected ...
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Select by one character using shift + arrow does not work in Terminal

After fresh reinstall of macOS (started with High Sierra, not updated up to Big Sur), I am unable to use Shift + ← and Shift + → in Terminal, it returns symbols instead of selecting one character on ...
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How to raise `LowBatteryNotificationPercentage` and `CriticallyLowBatteryNotificationPercentage` of Bluetooth devices?

I use a Magic Mouse and Magic Keyboard, which go for weeks or months at a time without needing a charge, and then they notify my when they're right on the verge of shutting down. After a lot of ...
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Macbook - Select individual files with Keyboard only

Is there a way to navigate through a list of files and select individual files (like you would normally do with command + click) but using only the keyboard ?
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How to disable Cmd+Shift+A and Cmd+Shift+M from CLI in MacOS?

How to disable those shortcuts using some CLI command/tool: "Open man Page in Terminal" - Cmd+Shift+A "Search man Page Index in Terminal" - Cmd+Shift+A Both are located in 'System ...
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Duplicated text replacement in WhatsApp application

When I type in the WhatsApp application (only that application) with the text replacement being active, the last syllables of the word gets duplicated. But I found out that this only happens when the &...
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Both my MacBook Pro 11,5 and my MacBook Air 5,2 no longer have a keyboard backlight after upgrade to Mojave

Both upgraded to macOS Mojave 10.14.6 18G103 - It took me a while to notice on the MBP because I use it as a desktop with a wireless keyboard and a dust cover over the built-in keyboard, but I ...
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Does a 3rd-party keyboard with Allow-Full-Access ALWAYS have access to text?

As I understand from other posts, a keyboard can only: access full text with Allow-Full-Access enabled never access text inside sensitive (e.g. password) fields But how does inactivity/background ...
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Keyboard shortcut to select text *in a browser (Chrome)* till the end (or beginning) of a line

Looking for a keyboard shortcut to select text in a browser (Chrome) till the end (or beginning) of a line. According to Apple Support the keyboard shortcut SHIFT-CMD-RIGHTARROW is meant to ...
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Remapped Caps Lock to Control works except for with Control-C (/interrupt)

The left control key on my external keyboard seems not to be working and so I remapped the Caps Lock to control; Hitting Caps Lock-A results in Ctl-A: But hitting Caps Lock-C results in c: While I ...
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How to remap fn modifier to another key modifier (on internal keyboard)?

In Preferences > Keyboard > Key modifiers, I am able to remap (swap) all key modifiers (Command, Option, Ctrl) but Fn. Indeed, for the function modifier, the only choice where I can map it is ...
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Karabiner: screen flashes when I hit shift-ctrl-opt-cmd-W

I use Karabiner to map my capslock key to a "hyper" key, namely the combination of buckybits in the title, which I map to "word wrap" in a few applications. This key works fine, but as a side effect, ...
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Keyboard shortcut to switch focus between the two split windows of the same app in full-screen

What is the keyboard shortcut to switch focus between the split windows of the same app (not between all the windows, only the 2 split ones)? ⌘ + ↹ works only if you switch back from one split window ...
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Simulating a window-close-button click with a shortcut?

So I installed RedQuits to enable applications to quit when their last open window closes. However, I never actually use the close button, I only close windows by a shortcut (let's say it's Cmd-W, for ...
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How to turn off insert of ASCII control characters using [control]+[option]+[key]

I've tracked down the source of a minor annoyance in Xcode to the inadvertent introduction of invisible ASCII control characters using the key combination [control] + [option] + some key. However, I ...
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Remap the editor keys so that words with underscores between them behave like dashes/spaces when using Alt + ←/→ keys to jump between them?

Background: When we encounter words like color-black (with a hyphen) or color_black (with an underscore), or even color black (with a space), we know we can navigate between words or hyphenated words ...
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