13 Replies Latest reply: Jul 19, 2006 8:12 AM by Stephen Weaver
Stephen Weaver Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
Is there a delete button or shortcut on the MacBook? I need it for deleting photos, emails, in fact anything -as- I -go and I'm used to the delete key on my iMac keyboard. is there an equivalent on the Macbook keyboard?

iMac, Mac OS X (10.4.6)
  • W.J. Llope Level 4 Level 4 (3,270 points)
    i'm not sure if you mean 'delete' from w/in an app, or delete a file from the filesystem....

    if the former, it's application specific... e.g. in Mail, highlight the message then hit the delete key...
    if the latter, highlight the file in the finder, then command-delete moves it to the trash and shift-command-delete empties the trash...

    if i misunderstood you, post back! cheers
  • timp55 Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    I'm with Stevie here, there does not apear to be any key marked <delete> on my (UK) Macbook keyboard.
  • taylorbenson Level 2 Level 2 (200 points)
    so the key below your eject cd key doesnt say "delete"... if you are trying to delete a file extension take it to the trash or just do "command-delete"
  • Stephen Weaver Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    No there is not a dedicated "delete" button. How do you do "command-delete"?
  • W.J. Llope Level 4 Level 4 (3,270 points)
    hi again,
    does this thread help at all?
    http://discussions.apple.com/message.jspa?messageID=2404129

    cheers
  • Stephen Weaver Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    The link above suggests Fn + Backspace: what does this mean? Press letters F and n and the backspace bar? Any more ideas? I can't believe there's no dedicated delete buton!
  • Dan Tsai Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
    there should be a button on the keyboard that says "fn" on it (at the bottom-left corner of the keyboard). press that and the backspace button for a forward delete, similar to the "delete" button on windows computers
  • andrewrchambers Level 2 Level 2 (170 points)
    well after having a quick play, if you press command and then backspace (thats the apple key and then backspace) then you will delete a file in finder, or ont he desktop or something....

    if you mean delete as in a textediting environment, then if you press Fn and then backspace, then it will delete the letter in front of the cursor.

    thats not F and then n. - its the button at the very bottom left of the keyboard marked Fn, or maybe Function if your keybaord is marked differently to mine - i know that a post the other day said the alt key had option written underneath it on someones keyboard which is clearly wrong on mine - i have some wierd squiggly character.
  • dragon2611 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    ahh so thats How you do it! I did wander about that.
  • Stephen Weaver Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    Thanks especially to Dan and Andrew for clarifying something that the lads at Apple have made uncharacteristically complicated!
  • timp55 Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    The discussed key (below the eject key, top right) is the backspace key - this is different to a dedicated delete key - for one of those I have to look to another keyboard; it's marked <delete> on my InteliMac keyboard. It deletes the char to the right of the cursor, the backspace key deletes the char to the left of the cursor. There's nothing unusual about a dedicated delete key, they are pretty useful - I wish my Macbook had one! (especially so when BootCamp'd into Windows XP.
  • William Kane Level 1 Level 1 (60 points)
    You're making this tougher than it needs to be. Apparently UK keyboards have the key below the eject button labeled as "backspace." On my old Powerbook Titanium this key was marked "backspace [delete]." In Mac OS X this key does both operations.

    For instance, if you are in iPhoto and have a picture selected, hitting this key will cause it to be deleted {as if it were a delete key}. However if you are in a text editor (like Word) the key will remove text that is to the left of it {as if it were a backspace key}.

    I don't know why Apple decided to changed the key so that it no longer is labeled with it's dual nature. However, you need to realize that on a laptop computer space is limited and non-essential keys are removed.

    If this post was helpful, please mark it as such
  • Stephen Weaver Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    Thanks William- clear and helpful response!