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    F4 ?
    When using a the Microsoft packages Word, Excel, Powerpoint etc. on a PC the F4 key repeats the last command i.e. if you made one cell bold or applied a Macro to a specific cell it would repeat the last command.

    On my iBook (in Word Excel etc.) the F4 key reduces the volume, does anyone know how to do the repeat command on a MAC ?

    Also does anyone know if a Fortran Compiler (preferably 77) is available on a MAC. Preferably for free !

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    Aluminium Macbook 2.4 Ghz 4GB RAM, SSD 24" Samsung Display, iPhone 4, iPad 2
    This is from the apple developer discussion boards, not sure if it is any use...

    There is only one* free option, g77, the fortran front end to the gnu compiler (GCC). You will need two things:

    1. GCC, which is availale from Apple. It is on the Developer Tools disk that ships w/ OS X. If the c compiler works (called cc in Apple's distribution), then you hve GCC loaded. If you did not get a develper disk (ie w/ a new computer), you can download the develper disk from Apple, but that is a bit of a hassle. First you need to join the Apple Developer's Connection at

    then follow links for downloads and OS X to download the whole developer's disk -- including mostly stuff of no particular interest.

    2. Get the g77 front end. There are several sources, but this may be a good time to install fink, which is a package-management tool to maintain various UNIX packages distributed by the fink project; see Then, you just enter "sudo apt-get install g77". Once it installs, "man g77" will work and you can take it from there.

    The site distributes the whole GCC, including g77, but I think you will still want Apple's Developer Tools. If you want to skip #1 above, try this first and see if you get enough of the pieces you need. If you use this distribution, you probably should stick to stable version 2.95.

    It would be nice if Apple were to make this all a bit easier in the future; I take it the next releas of GCC by Apple includes the fortran front end.

    *(I omit f2c, which translates fortran into c, so is not at all a fortran compiler and does not appear to produce efficient code.)

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    The Excel help says that shift + F4 = repeat the last (I tried it and it doesn't repeat the last command). cmd + y seems to repeat some last commands.

    If you want to use the function keys you need to go into System Preferences > Keyboard & Mouse and check the checkbox "Use the F1-F12 keys for custom actions". The function keys then will be usuable in Excel, Word, etc. After you check this box you will have to hold down the FN key to do things like adjust the volume, etc.

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    Mar 30, 2004
    12" Apple PowerBook G4 (1.5GHz)
    As for your Excel question...Edit > Repeat (Command-Y)

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