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7th September 2005, 03:06 AM
I am used to using the home/end keys along with shift to highlight as well as moving to the start and end of lines while editing text, is there a way to make this work as expected in OS X ?

shift + home highlights to the begining of the text and the home end keys do not seem to work when trying to navigate the current line.



7th September 2005, 07:47 AM
Home and End keys do different things in different applications. Unlike WinXP where they appear to have universal functionality.

So, in Mail, HOME & END will move you to the top and bottom of an email message, and CTRL+LEFT ARROW or CTRL+RIGHT ARROW will move you to the start or end of a line. If you want to highlight text in an email, from current cursor position to start or end of line, use CTRL+SHIFT+LEFT or RIGHT ARROW respectively.

In Word, HOME and END should work the same as the PC version of Word, that is, HOME goes to the start of a line and END goes to the end of a line.

In TextEdit, the same commands apply as Mail.

Other thing is if you are using a PowerBook or iBook, you need to add the FN key with LEFT and RIGHT ARROW to do HOME and END.

Hope this makes sense.


7th September 2005, 12:16 PM
I think i have it sorted now..

Works in most apps;
Control + arrow keys = cursor to start/end of line
Control + shift + arrow keys = highlight to start/end of line

but not the terminal..

Shift + home/end
the more traditional Control + a/e