8 Replies Latest reply: May 25, 2006 1:24 PM by JasonFear
EnergieB Level 1 Level 1

i'm new to the MAC world having purchased my first MAC. So far so good ...it works like a dream however it is quite noisy booting up and a bit warm on the left side ...assuming thats where the hard drive is located.

However, I cannot seem to find the DELETE key on this keyboard and its driving me insane. Its quite different to a windows keyboard and takes a bit getting used to. Any advice would be much appreciated.


Macbook Pro, Mac OS X (10.4.6)
  • HCHSpain Level 1 Level 1
    it drove me crazy too. There is no delete key, but the combination Fn-Backspace acts like a normal delete key. Annoying, but you get used to it.

    Now if I could just figure out why my Spanish keyboard has a weird key to the right of the right-apple key that seems to act just like the Return key . . .

  • solar Level 1 Level 1
    Hi EnergieB and welcome to Apple Discussions,

    The Delete button works as Backspace as you have already figured out.

    The PC way of deleting on a mac is by pressing fn+delete.

    You can click here for more information onMac OS X keyboard shortcuts

    Take care,


    MacBook Pro 2.0GHz and iBook G3 900MHz   Mac OS X (10.4.6)   1GB (MPB), 256MB RAM (iB)
  • Garyuk Level 1 Level 1
    Hi, I agree it can be confusing and I am a european user of the MacBook Pro also.

    As far as I can tell Apple on their laptops use designate 'DELETE' as the 'BACKSPACE' key above the 'RETURN' key. On a more full size keyboard for the iMac for example both a 'DELETE' key and a 'BACKSPACE' key is provided by not on the laptops.

    So I think you will have to get used to clicking or using your arrow keys to the section you want to delete from and use the Backspace key to delete instead.

    Unless another smart Apple User here can provide us both with a possible 'HOTKEY' that will enable deletion?

  • EnergieB Level 1 Level 1
    excellent...thanks for the replies.

    Its a brave new world converting from windows to MAC but it sure is exciting.
  • Resno Level 1 Level 1
    first way: Fn + Del
    second way: install DoubleCommand (http://doublecommand.sourceforge.net/) and remap any of your Apple keyboard key as a forward delete key
  • Garyuk Level 1 Level 1
    hehe, yep i agree but Mac OS X knocks the stuffing out of Windows XP anyday!

    Glad to have you come across from the Dark Side!

  • Allan Leedy Level 2 Level 2
    If your use of the computer makes it practical, an external keyboard and mouse will make the transition easier: you can have a delete key and a right mouse button for context menus, and a scroll wheel, just like God intended.
  • JasonFear Level 5 Level 5
    Good luck on the switch. I know I initially struggled with the layout change of many things. If I could give one recommendation/word of advice it would be:

    "Learn shortcut keys."

    As a Windows user of 15 years, I had become reliant on my mouse (and the occasional alt/tab keys) that I never really explored the world of keyboard shortcuts.

    After taking several weeks to finally get the hang of all the various keyboard shortcuts I zip through things now, almost rarely use my mouse except when an ease to use (or remember) keyboard shortcut is available.

    Good links already posted above, just more of my 2 cents.