14 Replies Latest reply: Sep 30, 2008 2:10 AM by Kris Cawthorn
Kris Cawthorn Level 1 Level 1
This must be the stupidest question I'll ever have to ask...but....normally in the office I have a separate mac keyboard/screen/mouse and log into Windows via VM Ware. I am using the latest Mac Book Pro model. I have to click on the window and press Control Alt Delete before I log in. This works fine until the day I was out of the office and had to press Control Alt Delete via the Mac Book Pro's own keyboard and nothing happened. I passed the laptop over to 2-3 other mac friendly people and we all were left scratching our heads.
Can anyone shed some light on this??

Kris

g4 powermac dual 1.25, Mac OS X (10.4.7)
Reply by Retired Engineer on Sep 26, 2008 4:39 AM Helpful
ctrl - alt-delete on an MBP keyboard is ctrl - alt - fn - delete in that order.

The delete key on an MBP keyboard is what Windows users know as the backspace key.
fn - delete is the same as the Windows del key.

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  • discostu514 Level 2 Level 2
    command/apple key, i believe, is the same as ctrl on PC.

    at least it is when one has to deal with photoshop on both platforms.
  • pisto_grih Level 1 Level 1
    The MBP has it's own CTRL key. Its right next to the ALT key.

    I believe the OP probably couldn't find the DEL key, which doesn't make an appearance on the MBP keyboard.

    I would suggest trying any and all combinations of CTRL, ALT,  and Backspace. (3 at a time, not all 4)
  • sig Level 8 Level 8
    expertise.macosx
    Mac OS X
    I would think that the manual for VM Ware has all that info.
  • discostu514 Level 2 Level 2
    i actually think the confusion is with the ctrl key.
  • pisto_grih Level 1 Level 1
    Google is your friend!*

    Turned up another Apple Discussions post that said to press  + U at the ctrl-alt-del prompt to bring up the 'visually challenged' tools, and to turn on the on-screen keyboard. This should allow you to log in, then once you are in, remap the keys to something more convenient, maybe assigning the right-hand-side command key to DEL. Unfortunately, I haven't used a Windows PC in ages, so I can't tell you how to do this.

    On a related note, I've just discovered that I don't have an  key on my MBP. You learn something new every day!

    *(Disclaimer: Usually.)
  • discostu514 Level 2 Level 2
    pisto,

    the apple key is otherwise known as the command key. so you do have it, technically!
  • pisto_grih Level 1 Level 1
    It's funny, as I've always called it the Apple key, and my brain always takes a split second longer when following an instruction that says to press the Command key.

    I use an Apple wired keyboard (the old clear plastic and proper keys version) for work, and the Apple key has the  and the squiggley thing on the "Command keys". My MacBook Pro has the squiggle and 'cmd' on it.

    Have Apple's design team now come to an agreeable standard? And what is the squiggle actually there for?
  • sig Level 8 Level 8
    expertise.macosx
    Mac OS X
    The squiggle is another indication of the command key.
  • pisto_grih Level 1 Level 1
    I know this is taking the thread in a completely different direction, but unless the key performs another function with a modifier that relates to the icon, it's dumb.

    It's like having both a question mark and the world "help" on the help key, or a hand icon on the ctrl key, or direction words on the direction keys.

    Just my opinion of course, I wouldn't have a bad word said about Apple's design any other day, but the printers aren't working for the students in this classroom, so I'm in a grumbleing mood.
  • Retired Engineer Level 4 Level 4
    ctrl - alt-delete on an MBP keyboard is ctrl - alt - fn - delete in that order.

    The delete key on an MBP keyboard is what Windows users know as the backspace key.
    fn - delete is the same as the Windows del key.
  • Davids8477 Level 1 Level 1
    Another route is to use the VMWARE menus - at the top - I think under Virtual Machine - is a command which says send Ctrl/Alt/Delete.

    Sorry for the duplicate message below.

    Message was edited by: Davids8477
  • Davids8477 Level 1 Level 1
    Another route is to use the VMWARE menus - Under Virtual Machine there is a command to Send Ctrl/Alt/Delete.
    Works for me.
  • sig Level 8 Level 8
    expertise.macosx
    Mac OS X
    It all translates into reading the VM Ware manual.
  • Kris Cawthorn Level 1 Level 1
    Hi Everyone,
    Thanks for helping me out here. In the end I just pressed all 4 buttons on the bottom left of the keyboard. FN / Control / Option / Command, as well as the delete key and it worked.
    Thanks again.
    Kris