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Is there a backspace key on the Mac?


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I find I'm using the delete key all the time to get rid of mistakes, etc., but I haven't found the PC equivalent of a backspace key. Is there one?

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I haven't found the PC equivalent of a backspace key.
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It'll be the one in exactly the same place as almost all other keyboards' backspace key....

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My guess is that you have a notebook and are surprised to find a key marked delete in the position one would ordinarily find a Backspace key (on a Windows machine).

Note that the delete key will work like a backspace. If you want to use it as a traditional delete key, simply use it in tandem with the function key.

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Thanks all, I'll work on using the function-delete combo

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Yep, just use delete. cmd+delete if you want to delete an entire line of text or delete a file. Option+delete to delete word by word, and fn+delete to delete forward.
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Of course there is...it's the left arrow key, which takes the insertion point back one space. Just like on Windows.

Of course, most PCs come with keyboards that have a key labeled "backspace" which deletes...just like the delete key...but it would make too much sense for them to call it that.
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This has been one of my biggest frustrations as a switcher. Sadly, I've been a Macbook owner for just about a year, and had never come across this tip. Thanks!
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mab,

Glad it helped you - it certainly has helped me in the the past 3 -4 hours or so! The arrangement makes sense, but separate keys would have been a nice touch

I've already gooten used to the difference. Thanks everyone for the help, especially cwa107 who mailed the answer for me...

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And for a few who may not know:

While in Safari, pressing the delete key will also go back to the previous web page you were viewing.

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Wow thanks hexonxonx what a great tip. Drew
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And for a few who may not know:

While in Safari, pressing the delete key will also go back to the previous web page you were viewing.
No, pressing backspace key will do that
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In any browser will do that.
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No, pressing backspace key will do that
That ain't no backspace key.
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wow i didnt know that. Purty nifty.

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