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Delete v. Backspace

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Darin Simmer Calculating status...
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Jan 25, 2009 8:31 PM
I am going from a full keyboard to the MBPro. Is there a key combo to delete? The key labeled "delete" is what I call "backspace".
G5 Tower, MB Pro, MacBook, a couple of MacMinis, Mac OS X (10.5.4)
  • Templeton Peck Level 9 Level 9 (57,680 points)
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    Jan 25, 2009 8:42 PM (in response to Darin Simmer)
    Is there a key combo to delete?


    Nope

    The key labeled "delete" is what I call "backspace".


    Same thing
    iMac 2.66Ghz, 2.4Ghz MacBook Pro, iPhone 3G, Mac OS X (10.5.5)
  • stedman1 Level 8 Level 8 (49,890 points)
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    Jan 25, 2009 8:45 PM (in response to Darin Simmer)
    Hi Darin Simmer: I believe you are looking for the key combination of "fn" (Function) + delete.

    Hope this helps
    Stedman
    MBP 1.83, 2gB RAM & iMac (Al) 2.4, 4gB RAM, Mac OS X (10.5.6), iPod mini, iPod shuffle, iPod Touch, Apple TV
  • KevLeviathan Level 1 Level 1 (145 points)
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    Jan 25, 2009 9:13 PM (in response to Templeton Peck)
    Templeton Peck wrote:
    Nope

    Yep. Function (FN) + Backspace = Del.

    Same thing

    Nope. There's a differences between BACKSPACE and DELETE.
    Macbook Pro 2.4Ghz, Mac OS X (10.5.4)
  • Calum Level 2 Level 2 (255 points)
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    Jan 26, 2009 4:26 AM (in response to stedman1)
    Also, if you'd like to permanently assign Delete to a key you don't use very often, such as the "Enter" key near the spacebar, you can do this (and more) with a free little app called DoubleCommand: http://doublecommand.sourceforge.net/index.html
    MacBookPro (Santa Rosa) 15" 2.2GHz 4Gb, Mac OS X (10.5.6)
  • seven_percent_solution Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Apr 10, 2009 5:47 AM (in response to Calum)
    Neat. I am going to see if I can re-assign the Option key on the right side of the keyboard. I always use the left hand for fn, control, option, command, etc.

    Also, more detailed description of BS vs. Del: The generally expected behavior for BS is that the character immediately left of the cursor is deleted and the cursor shifts one character to the left. The expected behavior for Del is the character immediately to the right of the cursor is deleted while the cursor stays put.

    Thanks for the fn+delete tip. I am a Mac convert from PC and miss the separate keys for Backspace and Delete. (and Home, End, Page Up, Page Down, etc.) I know there are other shortcuts which I need to learn. I am working on it.
    MBP 17", Mac OS X (10.5.6)
  • seven_percent_solution Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Apr 10, 2009 5:59 AM (in response to seven_percent_solution)
    One other note, if you use an external keyboard with your MB Pro (e.g. my Microsoft Wireless MultiMedia Keyboard), the system does recognize the difference between Backspace and Delete. (But still has no understanding of Home, End, Page Up, Page Down, etc.) It would be nice if I could map the keys on the external keyboard to the Mac OS shortcuts.
    MBP 17", Mac OS X (10.5.6)

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