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MacMost Now 719: Windows PC to Mac Keyboard Shortcuts
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Crtl+Home = fn+left arrow
Crtl+End = fn+right arrow
option+right arrow = page down
option+left arrow = page up
The one thing I need badly is the Insert key. I use the Windows MS Office for my translation work which requires Windows apps (All of which I run on Parallels Desktop) I sometimes happen to press some combination and it goes into the overwrite mode. I have to then connect a Windows keyboard, press Ins and then reconnect the Mac keyboard to continue. Any workaround?
So it sounds like you are in Windows when this happens, right? So nothing to do with what I'm talking about in the video. This is just a matter of using a Mac keyboard while running Windows. I'd look in the Parallels docs (and help, and support) for how to emulate the Insert key. It must be happening as a result of something they have that does it.
Thanks for all your revelations, Gary. I don't know how you figure out all that stuff! Chandu: Go to Parallels Preferences>Keyboard>+ (to add a custom keystroke). 'Insert' mode is one of the options in the pulldown for the "To:" target/Win keystroke, hth. Gary, I suppose a related question would be: Is there an 'Overwrite' kb mode in MacOS?
Overwriting text could be a feature of some word processors, but I can't think of one -- I haven't really looked for it.
Thanks, Gary... that was really informative.
Thanks Gary, very useful. I haven't found yet the corresponding F4 on excel which toggles between relative and absolute cell references. The F4 shortcut on windows excel is extreemly useful. Can you help me please?
I got an iMac, 21.5 monitor (2011) and just updated to Mountain Lion.
My question is this. I don't like the Apple Keyboard, it's too slow for my typing, and also I need ergonomic keyboard for my wrists/arms.
Is there a way to Program Microsoft Wireless Keyboard 7000 to work with the iMac?
I know that keyboard does work, but I can only type, I like to program keys so I don't have to rely on apple keyboard to do this.
I was told that there's a program, or something to download, that automatically takes care of this. I can't believe that, I wouldn't know what keys/characters to type.
Bear in mind I'm brand new to iMac, so if anyone can answer me, keep it simple. I'm a Senior Citizen and my brain cells isn't what it use to be.
Can anyone help?
Thank you so much
If the keyboard is a plain normal Bluetooth keyboard, then it should work fine. Not sure what you mean by "program keys" -- what keys do you want to program and what do you want them to do?
I see Command Key on Apple, all those fancy charters on Apple keyboard. The keys on microsoft wireless, which works good for typing, there are keys I was told from Apple to Microsoft 7000 that I can Program let's say "Alt" can be programed as "command" (sorry, i'm so new at iMac, i feel so dumb. I type extremely fast, which is why I can't use apple keyboard. I didn't expect such a prompt reply. Thank you Gary. I'll check tomorrow, tired now.
There aren' that many, just three: Command, Control and Option on the Mac, and Control, Windows/Start, Alt on Windows. Those three "modifier keys" map to each other across keyboards. Option and Alt map to each other. In fact, most modern Mac keyboards have "alt" written above "option."
So the Control and Command keys map to the Control and Windows/Start key. Which maps to which? Well, that depends on a few things. But it is easy to find out. Just try them. Try Command+N to start a new window in Safari, for instance. Does Control+N do it, or Windows/Start+N do it. Then you've got it figure out.
One of the single greatest advantages of a Mac over a PC is the design of the keyboard shortcuts (as I have been telling my friends since the 1980s). It has always been possible to use Macintosh keyboard shortcuts without contorting one's wrist and fingers. However, on a PC keyboard, one must physically rotate one's wrist, thumb, and finger to unnatural and quite uncomfortable positions. It is almost faster and certainly more comfortable on a PC to use a mouse instead.
The daily and continuous speed gains of using a Macintosh keyboard over a PC keyboard make the Mac a no-brainer for anyone who is a speed typist. As an added bonus, Macintosh users avoid wrist and finger pain!
My problem is that I can't stop using my old IBM keyboard. It's very loud and clicky - those silent keyboards drive me crazy! I'm willing to spend whatever it takes to use an old IBM keyboard!
On my old IBM keyboard I have to press the Ctrl + Esc - the same as the Windows key :-) Hey it's okay at least I can still use the IBM keyboard.
Most difficulties I have with Crtl+Home, Ctrl+End, Ctrl+Shift+Home/End and/or sometimes in combination with the arrow key instead of Home/End which I use a lot in code-editors, web-textareas, Excel... everywhere.
I still didn't get the corresponding keys on the Mac or at least I'm not getting it right the first time yet. And then instead of going to the beginning/end of a line or text, I end up in other windows, on the launchpad or what else....