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Newbie Keyboard Issue (Home, End, Shift etc)


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can someone explain to me why I cannot hit the Home key & have it and go back to the beginning of *some* text boxes? I also can't use the end to goto the end of a text box, or shift home to goto the beginning and select all. Can I check an option to allow me to do this?? Sorry for asking such a dumb question, but I'm the only one in my group with a mac .

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Keyboard editing commands are very different between the Mac and Windows. Some general ones:

Home: scroll to top of document
End: scroll to bottom of document
Page Up: Scroll up one screenful
Page Down: Scroll down one screenful

Command-left arrow: go to end of line *
Command-right arrow: go to beginning of line
up arrow (in a text field): go to beginning of text field (one-line text box)
down arrow (in a text field): go to end of text field.

Shift-up arrow: select everything from current insertion point to the point immediately above
Shift-down arrow: select everything from current insertion point to the point immediately below

Some applications may have different editing keystrokes, but most behave this way.

( * "Command" is the key on either side of the spacebar, often with the open-Apple logo)
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Thanks, that's exactly what i needed to know! Thanks for responding so quickly!
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What about the number keypad? I can never get that to work. Am I missing a num lock type key?
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What about the number keypad? I can never get that to work. Am I missing a num lock type key?
On a desktop Mac, the number pad types numbers.

On a laptop, you can hit F6 (num lock) to enable part of the keyboard as a one-handed number pad.
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On a desktop Mac, the number pad types numbers.

On a laptop, you can hit F6 (num lock) to enable part of the keyboard as a one-handed number pad.
What about using an Apple keyboard on a PC?
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