Mac Basics: Using Modifier Keys

The modifier keys on your Mac keyboard are the Command, Option, Control, Shift and fn keys. You use them for keyboard shortcuts and other functions. Since they differ from Windows modifier keys, it can take new Mac users time to learn how to use them.

Comments: 2 Responses to “Mac Basics: Using Modifier Keys”

    Steve Cottrell
    9 months ago

    I have an iMac wireless keyboard, where the fn key is middle left in the 9-key grouping as seen at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apple_Keyboard.

    Is it possible to use this key to display Special Characters? If so, how? A tap doesn’t do the trick. I don’t always remember the Cmd-Ctrl-Space to display the Spec Chars, so a single key would be great!

    Thanks!

    9 months ago

    Steve: No, that only works with the new keyboard where the key is specifically marked with the 🌐 symbol.

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