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How can I eliminate delay with Globe key when switching input sources on MacBook?

When I switch input sources with globe key on my MacBook Pro 2021 with macOS 12.0.1 it actually doesn't change anything until this little pop-up window disappears. It's really annoying to wait when ...
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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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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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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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Keyboard switching shortcut not always responding on Macbook Air M1 macOS 12.2

The problem that drives me nuts is that when I switch languages by pressing Cmd+Space it does not switch if I press it too quickly. It's the same with Caps Lock, too. The system simply does not ...
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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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How to control (only) Youtube Music with media keys

Is there a way to control only YouTube Music with media keys? Currently, if I have YT Music playing in some window in the background and then open a YouTube video and want to pause the music - YouTube ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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M1 MacBook Pro jumps text while typing

On the M1 MacBook Pro, when I am typing it will frequently jump to another part of the text area. This is most pronounced when selecting text using the keyboard (shift-left..., shift-option-left...) ...
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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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Is it possible to change the Japanese Kana keyboard layout?

Windows' Japanese IME and and Google's Japanese IME both use Layout1 for Kana mode. However, macOS's Japanese IME uses Layout2. Notice the different locations for ろ、む、へ, and some symbols. Is there any ...
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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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macOs sometimes skips the first press for the keyboard layout change

MacBook Pro 14" 2021 M1: macOS Ventura 13.4.1 (22F82) I try default control ^ + Space and custom command ⌘ + Space. Using only one additional source + English. I noticed that sometimes I can't ...
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Activated "Mouse Keys" on my macbook to simulate click with "i" key, now I can´t login anymore

I have an older macbook pro (maybe 2016 or so) - I´m not sure what OSX version it is but I updated it some months ago so it´s likely the latest compatible one. Now somehow the mousepad stopped ...
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Keyboard shortcuts for basic ops in Stage Manager

In stage manager, what are keyboard shortcuts for Toggle between apps in the focused group? Switch which group is in focus? Command + backtick sort of works for #1, but not really.
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How to reliably set key repeat rate and interval for Apple Silicon Macs on macOS 13 (Ventura)?

In the past (on Intel based Macs) I've always been able to increase the key repeat rate and decrease the initial delay beyond what is possible in System Preferences > Keyboard by running: defaults ...
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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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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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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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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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Using Command + ` to cycle through windows across different Spaces in macOS Mojave

I use Command + Tab and Command + ` often when switching between apps/windows. I also have multiple Spaces that I typically use. I've found that using Command + ` only cycles through windows in the ...
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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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How do I remap function modifier combinations?

I would like to remap the key binding Shift+Option+7 (⇧⌥ 7) for the backward-slash \ to something much simpler like Option+. (⌥ .) perhaps using a command line tool like hdiutil. The answer to "How ...
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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 do I change the default mapping for Emoji Text Replacement in Messages on OSX?

I like that Messages uses text replacement to change :) into an emoji. However, I hate the default mappings. I want to change the emoji that is mapped to those text replacement strings. For example, ...
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Altering behavior of Option + arrow keys in Numbers for Mac

In Numbers, pressing ⌥ (option)+→ (or with any other arrow key) will add a row or column in that direction, relative to the currently selected cell. This is a useful shortcut which I employ frequently,...
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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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Disable special characters such as Tilde (German keyboard)

I am using my Mac to write Java code in Eclipse. Not frequently, but commonly enough I need special characters such as ^, ~ or `. The problem with these is that I have to press the key(-combination) ...
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Change shortcut system-wide to match keyboard

I know from experience that macOS sets the default keyboard shortcut according to the language choice (and maybe keyboard choice, not sure) at the first setup. Now I set up my new computer to French (...
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How could I toggle modifier keys (Cmd, Ctrl, Opt, etc.) instead of holding them down, like the caps lock?

I looked at Sticky Keys in settings but it only stays down for one keystroke, I want to keep the modifier keys held down. Basically, I want to toggle modifier keys on and off like how caps lock works. ...
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using macOS without pointing device

Is there a practical way to use macOS just with keyboard? For example, let's say a user has a diability and can only use a keyboard. He has a brand new default istallation of latest MacOS in front of ...
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How to permanently disable "Secure Keyboard Entry" for terminal

Related to Touch ID window for sudo doesn't get focus when opened from iTerm Every time I restart Terminal I have to remember to turn off "Secure keyboard entry". I did try adding ...
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Magic Keyboard FN Keys on Windows 11

Any way to get FN/media keys to work? I have an A2450 Magic Keyboard 2. Tried some older bootcamp drivers but it doesn't seem to work. Tried brigadier and .inf drivers from here. Opening .inf in ...
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Scrolling Safari page with Ctrl+N and Ctrl+P

I used to be able to scroll the page in Safari using Ctrl+N and Ctrl+P shortcuts. I've recently noticed that these shortcuts no longer work. Does this feature no longer exist, or could it somehow be ...
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