Forward Delete and Other Hidden Mac Keyboard Text Delete Options

Even if you don't have an extended keyboard you can still foward delete on a Mac using one of two hidden tricks. You can also delete by word, line, to the start or end of paragraphs and in a variety of different ways.

Quick Reference:
Delete previous character = Delete or Control+H
Delete next character = Forward Delete key, or FN+Delete or Control+D
Delete previous word = Option+Delete
Delete next word = Option+FN+Delete
Delete to start of line = Command+Delete
Delete remainder of paragraph = Control+K
Select back to the start of paragraph and delete = Shift+Option+Up then Delete, or Shift+Control+A then Delete
Select to the end of paragraph and delete = Shift+Option+Down then Delete, or Shift+Control+E then Delete
Cut = Command+X

Comments: 4 Responses to “Forward Delete and Other Hidden Mac Keyboard Text Delete Options”

    Dick English
    2 years ago

    Thanks for this tutorial and the Quick Reference! (How do you remember all of these tricks????)

    Arnie Keller
    2 years ago

    Is there a forward delete in iOS?

    2 years ago

    Arnie: Maybe with some sort of specialty third-party keyboard.

    2 years ago

    Many thanks for this. On my old iMac I had a full sized keyboard with the delete and backspace keys. My new iMac (and MacBook) only have backspace and I had really been missing the delete key.

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