Your Mac’s Hidden Delete Key

Some Macs come with a Backspace key. Some Macs come with a Delete key. Unless you have an old enough Mac to have both, these keys work in the same way, removing the character before the text cursor. If you are looking to delete the character after the cursor, there doesn’t seem to be a way to do that. But all you need to do is to hold the FN key and then press your Backspace or Delete key to get this function. FN+Option+Delete will delete the whole word in front of the cursor.

Comments: 5 Responses to “Your Mac’s Hidden Delete Key”

    william Nixon
    6/21/18 @ 1:47 pm

    I have a MacBook Pro purchased in 2015. Where is the FN key? or do you mean shift F and shift N ?

    6/21/18 @ 1:56 pm

    William: it is there. Look closely for the lower case “fn” on the key. Look at the bottom left and then top right.

    6/21/18 @ 5:21 pm

    Hi Gary,
    I tried to post a picture of my keyboard which has a right delete key (as well as the normal delete key). I’ve just remembered that most people use that tiny incomplete keyboard that comes with the Mac, I have several of those in a bottom drawer. The full size keyboard is wired though, which is a pain, but the more convenient functions more than make up for that.

    6/21/18 @ 5:36 pm

    Raiford: Plus, the majority of Mac sold for the last 10 years have been MacBooks. So you don’t get to choose an extended keyboard in that case. Apple does sell a wireless extended keyboard now too.

    6/21/18 @ 5:43 pm

    When they get around to putting a wireless charger in the foot of the iMac that one can put the keyboard or mouse or anything else (iPhone?) onto then I might go for it.

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