2 Replies Latest reply: Sep 20, 2006 9:36 AM by Dr. Smoke
JAButler Level 1 (0 points)
Okay, if there was one keyboard shortcut I used in Windows all the time, it was Shift-Home or Shift-End to highlight an entire line quickly. Control-A and Control-B do something like that, but I can't use Shift at the same time to highlight. Is there anyway to change the function of "Home" and "End" so they don't go to the end of a paragraph, but rather to the end of the line? Is there another keyboard shortcut I can use to do this? Thanks!

iMac 20" 2.0Ghz 2gRAM 250gHD 256VRAM   Mac OS X (10.4.7)  
  • Wade Peeler Level 6 (10,905 points)
    I use Command and the left or right arrow keys to get to the beginning or end of a line, respectively. Adding the Shift key will highlight the line. The Command key is the one next to the spacebar.
  • Dr. Smoke Level 9 (56,585 points)
    Hi, JAButler.

    How keyboard shortcuts, such as those you cite, work are generally defined at the application level. Command-A, i.e. -A (not Control-A) is universally defined as "Select All."

    I recommend consulting the Help for a given application to determine what keyboard shortcuts it defines.

    For example, in my favorite text editor, Tex-Edit Plus, it defines the following keyboard shortcuts akin to what you describe:
    • Shift-arrow extends a selection.

    • Shift-option-left/right arrow extends the selection one word at a time.

    • Shift-command-left/right arrow extends the selection to the beginning/end of the line.
    However, in FileMaker Pro, another application I use often, one must use
    Shift-Option-Command-left/right arrow
    to extend the selection to the beginning or end of the line vs "Shift-command-left/right arrow" in Tex-Edit.

    General Information on Mac OS X Keyboard Shortcuts

    • An official list of Mac OS X keyboard shortcuts is found in "Mac OS X: Keyboard Shortcuts."

    • An important list of keyboard shortcuts for all Mac owners is: "Mac OS: Apple Pro Keyboard Shortcuts for Shut Down and Restart."

    • If you have an Intel-based Mac, see also "Startup key combinations for Intel-based Macs.".

    • A popular list of Mac keyboard shortcuts is Dave's Picks Mac Keys.

    • Don't forget that Mac OS X's Help Viewer lists most of the keyboard shortcuts available. Just search for keyboard shortcuts in Help Viewer.

    Good luck!

    Dr. Smoke
    Author: Troubleshooting Mac® OS X