Fortunately, there is a dead-simple fix for this issue. Or you may like some of the more advanced Windows keyboards that offer more , specialized keys, or. In those instances I would imagine the keyboard would fail at modifying boot options because in effect the system would have to be booted fully and go through that recognition sequence first! A keyboard shortcut that always works to bring up the Help menu is Command Shift slash. Command-Shift-4 will turn your mouse cursor into a set of crosshairs not unlike a sniper rifle sight that you can then click and drag around any portion of your screen to capture only the relevant area. Step 1: Click the Apple icon at the top of the screen, then click System Preferences. The last bit of trouble you may run into depends on which platform you were using before you started using a Windows keyboard with your Mac.
Command+A These two keys will text or other objects. My favorite hot-keys are Command-Q to quit apps and Command-W to close windows. Likewise if I wanted to select All, instead of Control A it's Command A. That Windows key is not a good option for using the Command action Or you could just and make all of this unnecessary. Cut, copy and paste on Mac Command-X, Command-C, Command-V: These are three of the things I do most often in my writing life, so mousing up to the Edit menu in an app to choose these functions from a menu makes me cringe. Undo is kind of interesting because there's also a Redo command that's typically available.
Let's look at what the difference is. Like for instance Select All there's Command A. Command+O a file in most programs. The same thing on the Mac except it's Command Option Escape. I got a strange call from someone who sounded foreign and told me that there was dubious activity on my computer and that I need to do that, I just stopped him and said I will call Microsoft myself to validate this action. You could plug in the Windows keyboard and it would, for the most part work, fine with your Mac. The bottom line is that there are plenty of great keyboards out there that are designed to be used on Windows machines.
On Mac you refer to it as the Option key but they are in fact the same key. Command-Tab Open application switcher, keeping Command pressed, use Tab to navigate to the app you hope to use. Reinstalling lion as I type this on my Windows machine. I tried almost every keyboard combination that came to my mind but did not find it on the Mac. If you're using a Windows keyboard, learning about can be helpful in figuring out the proper keys to use.
Command-Space The combination that can change your life, Command-Space invokes Spotlight, just depress these keys and start typing your query. The Shift key, the Control key, the Option key, and Command key. This key will form the linchpin for the most common keyboard shortcuts you are ever going to need. The Option key functions as Alt and the Command key functions as the Windows key. Especially for something as integral to your usage of the operating system as the Command action.
Say Hello to Your Mac's Keyboard Modifier Keys, will explain the symbols and how they map to your keyboard. Or you can simply press Command-, comma to get to them in the fastest possible time. Since their functions are identical, you could just get used to their locations on the Windows keyboard. To do this, open Keyboard System Preferences, select Function Keys, and tap +. If you want to quit the app then typically you use Command Q. Say hello today and find out what your Mac can do. You access that with Command-Option-Escape.
This is a highly versatile key that has various functions depending on the user's command. When pressed with letter key, it invokes a command that's meaningful system-wide e. This can vary by app but typically it's Command W for close and Command Q for quitting an app. Command+V any text or other objects that was copied. The symbols used in the Mac menus can be a bit strange to those new to the Mac, as well as old hands who may be more mousers than keyboard users.
Option performs Command and Command performs Option. Differences between the aside, their keyboard shortcuts actually have a lot more in common than you might expect. You may be coming to the Mac from a Windows environment and already have a favorite keyboard. Move your cursor to the bottom of your screen and keep moving as if you're moving it off the screen ; you should see one of the items in your Touch bar highlighted. The problem stems from their arrangement on the keyboard.