2 Replies Latest reply: Jan 24, 2013 11:58 AM by sanjampet
richardsonheights Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

Hello:

 

I've converted to Mac after 15+ years of Windows, and as the saying goes, I'm not going back.  I really love it, but there are some relatively minor things still driving me crazy for which I have not yet found workarounds.  I was hoping maybe some more experience Mac users could give me some suggestions.  Note that I'm on 10.7.4 due to corporate enterprise requirements, and maybe some of this has improved in Mountain Lion.  So...

 

  • The fact that you have to click to focus a window before working with it is driving me completely nuts.  All day long I copy and paste snippets of text between apps.  Every copy and paste takes twice as many clicks because I have to click to focus, then click to paste.  I have seen a few semi-solutions with "focus on hover" with the mouse, but they seem kind of spotty. I've read this has something to do with "click through" being enabled in the apps.
  • Downloads always get lost behind all other windows when you click on them.  Every time you download something to install you have to go on a search to find the installer window once it opens.  Am I doing something wrong here?
  • There is no proper fixed left-pane tree view in Finder (similar to Windows Explorer).  I tried some alternative Finder replacements, but they're all slow and clunky.  Moving files is so awkward since you have to open multiple Finder windows.  It's easy at the command line, though, so this isn't the end of the world.
  • Is there anyway to make OpenApple+Tab to switch between actual windows instead of apps?  This can be a huge productivity blow when working with multiple windows inside a single app.  Four finger swipe down on the Trackpad is my workaround, but it still feels really awkward after months of this.
  • I really wish my home folder names didn't start with capital letters.  Or actually any folder names anywhere ever.  There may be no way around that.  But at least it's not as stupid as the space in "My Documents" in Windows, which breaks everything you do at the command line.

 

All that being said, I really am enjoying this MacBook. I never would have imagined ten years ago that I'd be using a Mac supplied by a company to do my job.  It's pretty sweet.

 

Thanks for any advice,

NBB (Dallas, Texas)


MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.7.4)
  • 1. Re: recent windows convert seeks advice
    sanjampet Level 5 Level 5 (7,550 points)

    Maybe some help here:

     

     

     

     

     

     

    OS X keyboard shortcuts

    Summary

    Learn about common OS X keyboard shortcuts. A keyboard shortcut is a way to invoke a function in OS X by pressing a combination of keys on your keyboard.

    Products Affected

    Mac OS X 10.2, Mac OS X 10.3, Mac OS X 10.4, Mac OS X 10.5, Mac OS X 10.6, OS X Lion, OS X Mountain Lion

     

    To use a keyboard shortcut, or key combination, you press a modifier key with a character key. For example, pressing the Command key (the key that has a symbol) and the "c" key at the same time copies whatever is currently selected (text, graphics, and so forth) into the Clipboard. This is also known as the Command-C key combination (or keyboard shortcut).A modifier key is a part of many key combinations. A modifier key alters the way other keystrokes or mouse/trackpad clicks are interpreted by OS X. Modifier keys include: Command, Shift, Option, Control, Caps Lock, and the Fn key. If your keyboard has an Fn key, you may need to use it in some of the key combinations listed below. For example, if the keyboard shortcut is Control-F2, press Fn-Control-F2.Here are the modifier key symbols you may see in OS X menus:Command key icon (Command key) - On some Apple keyboards, this key also has an Apple (apple logo) logo
    Control key icon (Control key)
    Option or Alt key icon (Option key) - "Alt" may also appear on this key
    Shift icon (Shift key)
    Caps lock icon (Caps Lock) - Toggles Caps Lock on or off
    Fn (Function key)
    Startup shortcutsPress the key or key combination until the expected function occurs/appears (for example, hold Option during startup until Startup Manager appears, or Shift until "Safe Boot" appears). Tip: If a startup function doesn't work and you use a third-party keyboard, try again with an Apple keyboard.

    Key or key combinationWhat it does
    OptionDisplay all bootable volumes (Startup Manager)
    ShiftPerform a Safe Boot (start up in Safe Mode)
    Left ShiftPrevent automatic login
    CStart from bootable media (DVD, CD, USB thumb drive, and so forth)
    TStart in FireWire target disk mode
    NStart from NetBoot server
    XForce Mac OS X startup (if non-Mac OS X startup volumes are present)
    DUse Apple Hardware Test
    Command-RUse Recovery (OS X Lion or later)
    Command-VStart in Verbose Mode
    Command-SStart in Single User Mode
    Command-Option-P-RReset NVRAM / parameter RAM
    Hold down the Media Eject (⏏) key or F12 key, or mouse or trackpad buttonEject removable discs

     

    See also: Startup key combinations for Intel-based Macs.
    Sleep and shut down shortcuts

     

    Key or key combinationWhat it does
    Power buttonTurn off your Mac or put it to sleep
    Hold down the power buttonForce your Mac to shut down
    Command-Control-power buttonForce your Mac to restart
    Control-Media Eject (⏏)Show restart/sleep/shutdown dialog
    Command-Option-Media Eject (⏏)Put the computer to sleep
    Command-Control-Media Eject (⏏)Quit all applications (after giving you a chance to save changes to open documents), then restart the computer
    Command-Option-Control-Media Eject (⏏)Quit all applications (after giving you a chance to save changes to open documents), then shut down the computer
    Shift-Control-Media Eject (⏏)Put all displays to sleep

     


    Finder keyboard shortcuts

     

    Key combinationWhat it does
    Command-ASelect all items in the front Finder window (or desktop if no window is open)
    Command-Option-ADeselect all items
    Command-Shift-AOpen the Applications folder
    Command-CCopy selected item/text to the Clipboard
    Command-Shift-COpen the Computer window
    Command-DDuplicate selected item
    Command-Shift-DOpen desktop folder
    Command-EEject
    Command-FFind any matching Spotlight attribute
    Command-Shift-FFind Spotlight file name matches
    Command-Option-FNavigate to the search field in an already-open Spotlight window
    Command-Shift-GGo to Folder
    Command-Shift-HOpen the Home folder of the currently logged-in user account
    Command-IGet Info
    Command-Option-IShow Inspector
    Command-Control-IGet Summary Info
    Command-Shift-IOpen iDisk
    Command-JShow View Options
    Command-KConnect to Server
    Command-Shift-KOpen Network window
    Command-LMake alias of the selected item
    Command-MMinimize window
    Command-Option-MMinimize all windows
    Command-NNew Finder window
    Command-Shift-NNew folder
    Command-Option-NNew Smart Folder
    Command-OOpen selected item
    Command-Shift-QLog Out
    Command-Shift-Option-QLog Out immediately
    Command-RShow original (of alias)
    Command-TAdd to Sidebar
    Command-Shift-TAdd to Favorites
    Command-Option-THide Toolbar / Show Toolbar in Finder windows
    Command-Shift-UOpen Utilities folder
    Command-VPaste
    Command-WClose window
    Command-Option-WClose all windows
    Command-XCut
    Command-Option-YSlideshow (Mac OS X v10.5 or later)
    Command-ZUndo / Redo
    Command-1View as Icon
    Command-2View as List
    Command-3View as Columns
    Command-4View as Cover Flow (Mac OS X v10.5 or later)
    Command-Comma (,)Open Finder preferences
    Command-Accent (`) (the Accent key above Tab key on a US English keyboard layout)Cycle through open Finder windows
    Command-Shift-Question Mark (?)Open Mac Help
    Command-Left Bracket ([)Go to the previous folder
    Command-Right Bracket (])Go to the next folder
    Command-Up ArrowOpen the folder that contains the current folder
    Command-Control-Up ArrowOpen the folder that contains the current folder in a new window
    Command-Down ArrowOpen highlighted item
    Command-Shift-Up ArrowMake the desktop active
    Right Arrow (in List view)Open the selected folder
    Left Arrow (in List view)Close the selected folder
    Option-click the disclosure triangle (in List view)Open all folders within the selected folder
    Option–double-clickOpen a folder in a separate window, closing the current window
    Command–double-clickOpen a folder in a separate window
    Command-click the window titleSee the folders that contain the current window
    Command-TabSwitch application–cycle forward
    Command-Shift-TabSwitch application–cycle backward
    Command-DeleteMove to Trash
    Command-Shift-DeleteEmpty Trash
    Command-Shift-Option-DeleteEmpty Trash without confirmation dialog
    Space bar (or Command-Y)Quick Look (Mac OS X v10.5 or later)
    Command key while draggingMove dragged item to other volume/location (pointer icon changes while key is held--see this article)
    Option key while draggingCopy dragged item (pointer icon changes while key is held--see this article)
    Command-Option key combination while draggingMake alias of dragged item (pointer icon changes while key is held--see this article)

     


    Application and other OS X shortcuts
    Note: Some applications may not support all of the following application key combinations.

     

    Key combinationWhat it does
    Command-Space barShow or hide the Spotlight search field (if multiple languages are installed, may rotate through enabled script systems)
    Control-AMove to beginning of line/paragraph
    Control-BMove one character backward
    Control-DDelete the character in front of the cursor
    Control-EMove to end of line/paragraph
    Control-FMove one character forward
    Control-HDelete the character behind the cursor
    Control-KDelete from the character in front of the cursor to the end of the line/paragraph
    Control-LCenter the cursor/selection in the visible area
    Control-NMove down one line
    Control-OInsert a new line after the cursor
    Control-PMove up one line
    Control-TTranspose the character behind the cursor and the character in front of the cursor
    Control-VMove down one page
    Option-DeleteDelete the word that is left of the cursor, as well as any spaces or punctuation after the word
    Command-Option-Space barShow the Spotlight search results window (if multiple languages are installed, may rotate through keyboard layouts and input methods within a script)
    Command-TabMove forward to the next most recently used application in a list of open applications
    Command-Shift-TabMove backward through a list of open applications (sorted by recent use)
    Shift-TabNavigate through controls in a reverse direction
    Control-TabMove focus to the next grouping of controls in a dialog or the next table (when Tab moves to the next cell)
    Shift-Control-TabMove focus to the previous grouping of controls
    Command-escOpen Front Row (if installed)
    Option-Media Eject (⏏)Eject from secondary optical media drive (if one is installed)
    Fn-DeleteForward Delete (on a portable Mac's built-in keyboard)
    Control-F1Toggle full keyboard access on or off
    Control-F2Move focus to the menu bar
    Control-F3Move focus to the Dock
    Control-F4Move focus to the active (or next) window
    Shift-Control-F4Move focus to the previously active window
    Control-F5Move focus to the toolbar.
    Control-F6Move focus to the first (or next) panel
    Shift-Control-F6Move focus to the previous panel
    Control-F7Temporarily override the current keyboard access mode in windows and dialogs
    Control-F8Move to the status menus in the menu bar
    F9Tile or untile all open windows
    F10Tile or untile all open windows in the currently active application
    F11Hide or show all open windows
    F12Hide or display Dashboard
    Command-Accent (`)Activate the next open window in the frontmost application
    Command-Shift-Accent (`)Activate the previous open window in the frontmost application
    Command-Option-Accent (`)Move focus to the window drawer
    Command-Minus (–)Decrease the size of the selected item
    Command-{Left-align a selection
    Command-}Right-align a selection
    Command-|Center-align a selection
    Command-Colon (:)Display the Spelling window
    Command-Semicolon (;)Find misspelled words in the document
    Command-Comma (,)Open the front application's preferences window (if it supports this keyboard shortcut)
    Command-Option-Control-Comma (,)Decrease screen contrast
    Command-Option-Control-Period (.)Increase screen contrast
    Command-Question Mark (?)Open the application's help in Help Viewer
    Command-Option-/Turn font smoothing on or off
    Command-Shift-=Increase the size of the selected item
    Command-Shift-3Capture the screen to a file
    Command-Shift-Control-3Capture the screen to the Clipboard
    Command-Shift-4Capture a selection to a file
    Command-Shift-Control-4Capture a selection to the Clipboard
    Command-AHighlight every item in a document or window, or all characters in a text field
    Command-BBoldface the selected text or toggle boldfaced text on and off
    Command-CCopy the selected data to the Clipboard
    Command-Shift-CDisplay the Colors window
    Command-Option-CCopy the style of the selected text
    Command-Control-CCopy the formatting settings of the selected item and store on the Clipboard
    Command-Option-DShow or hide the Dock
    Command-Control-DDisplay the definition of the selected word in the Dictionary application
    Command-DSelects the Desktop folder in Open and Save dialogs
    or
    Selects "Don't Save" in dialogs that contain a Don't Save button, in Mac OS X v10.6.8 and earlier
    Command-DeleteSelects "Don't Save" in dialogs that contain a Don't Save button, in OS X Lion and Mountain Lion
    Command-EUse the selection for a find
    Command-FOpen a Find window
    Command-Option-FMove to the search field control
    Command-GFind the next occurrence of the selection
    Command-Shift-GFind the previous occurrence of the selection
    Command-HHide the windows of the currently running application
    Command-Option-HHide the windows of all other running applications
    Command-IItalicize the selected text or toggle italic text on or off
    Command-Option-IDisplay an inspector window
    Command-JScroll to a selection
    Command-MMinimize the active window to the Dock
    Command-Option-MMinimize all windows of the active application to the Dock
    Command-NCreate a new document in the frontmost application
    Command-ODisplay a dialog for choosing a document to open in the frontmost application
    Command-PDisplay the Print dialog
    Command-Shift-PDisplay a dialog for specifying printing parameters (Page Setup)
    Command-QQuit the frontmost application
    Command-SSave the active document
    Command-Shift-SDisplay the Save As dialog
    Command-TDisplay the Fonts window
    Command-Option-TShow or hide a toolbar
    Command-UUnderline the selected text or turn underlining on or off
    Command-VPaste the Clipboard contents at the insertion point
    Command-Option-VApply the style of one object to the selected object (Paste Style)
    Command-Shift-Option-VApply the style of the surrounding text to the inserted object (Paste and Match Style)
    Command-Control-VApply formatting settings to the selected object (Paste Ruler Command)
    Command-WClose the frontmost window
    Command-Shift-WClose a file and its associated windows
    Command-Option-WClose all windows in the application without quitting it
    Command-XRemove the selection and store in the Clipboard
    Command-ZUndo previous command (some applications allow for multiple Undos)
    Command-Shift-ZRedo previous command (some applications allow for multiple Redos)
    Control-Right ArrowMove focus to another value or cell within a view, such as a table
    Control-Left ArrowMove focus to another value or cell within a view, such as a table
    Control-Down ArrowMove focus to another value or cell within a view, such as a table
    Control-Up ArrowMove focus to another value or cell within a view, such as a table
    Command-Right ArrowMove the text insertion point to the end of the current line
    Command-Left ArrowMove the text insertion point to the beginning of the current line
    Command-Down ArrowMove the text insertion point to the end of the document
    Command-Up ArrowMove the text insertion point to the beginning of the document
    Option-Right ArrowMove the text insertion point to the end of the next word
    Option-Left ArrowMove the text insertion point to the beginning of the previous word
    Command-Shift-Right ArrowSelect text between the insertion point and the end of the current line (*)
    Command-Shift-Left ArrowSelect text between the insertion point and the beginning of the current line (*)
    Shift-Right ArrowExtend text selection one character to the right (*)
    Shift-Left ArrowExtend text selection one character to the left (*)
    Command-Shift-Up ArrowSelect text between the insertion point and the beginning of the document (*)
    Command-Shift-Down ArrowSelect text between the insertion point and the end of the document (*)
    Shift-Up ArrowExtend text selection to the line above, to the nearest character boundary at the same horizontal location (*)
    Shift-Down ArrowExtend text selection to the line below, to the nearest character boundary at the same horizontal location (*)
    Shift-Option-Right ArrowExtend text selection to the end of the current word, then to the end of the following word if pressed again (*)
    Shift-Option-Left ArrowExtend text selection to the beginning of the current word, then to the beginning of the following word if pressed again (*)
    Shift-Option-Down ArrowExtend text selection to the end of the current paragraph, then to the end of the following paragraph if pressed again (*)
    Shift-Option-Up ArrowExtend text selection to the beginning of the current paragraph, then to the beginning of the following paragraph if pressed again (*)
    Control-Space barToggle between the current and previous input sources
    Option-Control-Space barToggle through all enabled input sources
    Command-Option-escForce Quit
    Command-Shift-Option-Esc (hold for three seconds)Force Quit the front-most application (Mac OS X v10.5 or later)
    Command-Left Bracket ([)Previous browser webpage
    Command-Right Bracket (])Next browser webpage

     

    *Note: If no text is selected, the extension begins at the insertion point. If text is selected by dragging, then the extension begins at the selection boundary. Reversing the direction of the selection deselects the appropriate unit.
    Universal Access - VoiceOver keyboard commands
    For information about VoiceOver key combination differences in Mac OS X v10.6, see this article.

     

    Key combinationWhat it does
    Command-F5 or Fn-Command-F5Turn VoiceOver on or off
    Option-Control-F8 or Fn-Option-Control-F8Open VoiceOver Utility (if VoiceOver is on)
    Option-Control-F7 or Fn-Option-Control-F7Display VoiceOver menu (if VoiceOver is on)
    Option-Control-Semicolon (;)Enable/disable VoiceOver Control Option-lock
    Command-Option-8Turn Zoom on or off
    Command-Option-Plus Zoom In
    Command-Option-Minus (–)Zoom Out
    Command-Option-Control-8Invert/revert the screen colors (OS X Lion or earlier)
    Command-Option-Control-Comma (,)Reduce contrast (OS X Lion or earlier)
    Command-Option-Control-Period (.)Increase contrast (OS X Lion or earlier)

     

    Note: You may need to enable "Use all F1, F2, etc. keys as standard keys" in Keyboard preferences for the VoiceOver menu and utility to work.
    Full keyboard access
    Full keyboard access lets you use your keyboard to navigate and interact with items on the screen. Use these shortcuts to select and adjust controls such as text fields and sliders.

     

    Key combinationWhat it does
    TabMove to the next control
    Shift-TabMove to the previous control
    Control-TabMove to the next control when a text field is selected
    Arrow keysMove to the adjacent item in a list, tab group, or menu
    or
    Move sliders and adjusters (vertical up and down arrows used to increase and decrease values)
    Control-Arrow keysMove to a control adjacent to the text field
    Space barSelect the highlighted menu item
    Return or EnterClick the default button or perform the default action
    EscClick the Cancel button
    or
    Close a menu without choosing an item

     

    You can navigate the menus in the menu bar without using a mouse or trackpad. To put the focus in the menu bar, press Control-F2 (Fn-Control-F2 on portable keyboards). Then use the key combinations listed below.

     

    Key combinationWhat it does
    Left Arrow and Right ArrowMove from menu to menu
    ReturnOpen a selected menu
    Up Arrow and Down ArrowMove to menu items in the selected menu
    Type the menu item’s nameJump to a menu item in the selected menu
    ReturnSelect a menu item

     


    Universal Access - Mouse Keys
    When Mouse Keys is turned on in Universal Access preferences, you can use the keyboard or numeric keypad keys to move the mouse pointer. If your computer doesn't have a numeric keypad, use the Fn (function) key.

     

    Key combinationWhat it does
    8Move Up
    2Move Down
    4Move Left
    6Move Right
    1Move Diagonally Bottom Left
    3Move Diagonally Bottom Right
    7Move Diagonally Top Left
    9Move Diagonally Top Right
    5Press Mouse Button
    0Hold Mouse Button
    . (Period on number pad)Release Hold Mouse Button

     

    See also: Shortcuts for Mouse Keys.

    Additional Information

    Advanced: This article refers to the default modifier key assignments. Modifier key assignments can be changed in the Keyboard preferences pane of System Preferences. For example, you can change the Command key to act as an Option key, and vice-versa. You can also restore default modifier key settings.See also:
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  • 2. Re: recent windows convert seeks advice
    sanjampet Level 5 Level 5 (7,550 points)