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Can't find a "delete in place" key on Macbook Pro; does it even have one?

Posted on 09/03/2006 8:48:27 PM PDT by rudy45

My Dell laptop has two keys. The "delete" key deletes the character that is where the cursor is. When I use this key, the cursor stays in the same place on the screen. It is therefore what I call a "delete in place" key (is there another term I should use instead?)

I also have a "backspace" key. This key is a destructive backspace key. When I press it, the cursor moves backward one space and deletes whatever was there before.

Our Macbook Pro has no key labeled "backspace." However, its "delete" key really is a destructive backspace key. I cannot, however, find a "true" "delete in place" key. Does the Macbook Pro have one? I tried to see if I can reprogram the "delete" key in system preferences, but don't see a screen to that effect.

Should I have a true delete key? Thanks.


TOPICS: Computers/Internet
KEYWORDS: apple; computer; macbook

1 posted on 09/03/2006 8:48:28 PM PDT by rudy45
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To: rudy45

Are you logged in?


2 posted on 09/03/2006 8:50:30 PM PDT by JRios1968 (This kid knows how to wallop a baseball!!!!!!)
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To: rudy45

Another reason I don't like Macs is because when you hit CTRL+ALT+DEL, nothing happens whereby in my Windows computer, it does a lot of useful stuff.


3 posted on 09/03/2006 8:51:43 PM PDT by SamAdams76 (The Program is Morally Good)
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To: JRios1968

yep, I'm here...


4 posted on 09/03/2006 8:52:31 PM PDT by rudy45
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To: rudy45

Did you check the spork weasel...


5 posted on 09/03/2006 8:54:32 PM PDT by JRios1968 (This kid knows how to wallop a baseball!!!!!!)
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To: rudy45
Our Macbook Pro has no key labeled "backspace."

Wish I could help you. Mac has never made sense to me. Simple things where made insanely illogical or impossible. Why did you go with a Macbook?

6 posted on 09/03/2006 8:55:24 PM PDT by PistolPaknMama (Al-Queda can recruit on college campuses but the US military can't! --FReeper airborne)
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To: rudy45

But does it have a stune my beeber key?


7 posted on 09/03/2006 8:58:20 PM PDT by Bullish ( The pig headed monkeys of Islam can kiss my grits!)
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Hmmm?

8 posted on 09/03/2006 9:01:01 PM PDT by Bullish ( The pig headed monkeys of Islam can kiss my grits!)
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To: rudy45

Hi Rudy,

Your Macbook has both a backspace key and a forward delete key. They are one and the same key... Used without a modifier it is a normal "Backspace" key... but hold down the Function key and it is a "Forward Delete" key... what you call a "delete in place"...

In other words, the "backspace" deletes to the left, and moves leftward as the characters are deleted. With the Function Key, the Backspace deletes to the right, and pulls the text to the right toward it as the next character to the right is deleted.


9 posted on 09/03/2006 11:09:16 PM PDT by Swordmaker (Remember, the proper pronunciation of IE is "AAAAIIIIIEEEEEEE!)
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To: SamAdams76
Another reason I don't like Macs is because when you hit CTRL+ALT+DEL, nothing happens whereby in my Windows computer, it does a lot of useful stuff.

No, you're right, it doesn't... but then that is because it is not a Windows machine.

If you want some of the neat things, such as force quit, that CTRL+ALT+DEL does on a Windows machine, you press OPT+CMD+ESC. The rest are either not necessary on a Mac or are accessed differently.

10 posted on 09/03/2006 11:12:41 PM PDT by Swordmaker (Remember, the proper pronunciation of IE is "AAAAIIIIIEEEEEEE!)
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To: rudy45
By the way, here is a list of Mac Keyboard Shortcuts that you might find useful.
11 posted on 09/03/2006 11:15:24 PM PDT by Swordmaker (Remember, the proper pronunciation of IE is "AAAAIIIIIEEEEEEE!)
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To: 1234; 6SJ7; Action-America; af_vet_rr; afnamvet; Alexander Rubin; anonymous_user; ...
Rudy45, a new Mac owner is seeking advice... the first question has been answered

but he may have more . . .

If you want on or off the Mac Ping List, Freepmail me.

12 posted on 09/03/2006 11:28:09 PM PDT by Swordmaker (Remember, the proper pronunciation of IE is "AAAAIIIIIEEEEEEE!)
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To: Swordmaker

Hey -- That is so cool.

I tried it and it worked... I lamented the lack of it since purchasing mine.


13 posted on 09/03/2006 11:58:12 PM PDT by Sundog (In a world without Walls or Fences, who needs Windows or Gates?)
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To: Nailbiter

self ping


14 posted on 09/04/2006 1:18:54 AM PDT by Nailbiter
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To: SamAdams76

option-command-shift will let you force quit programs in Mac. Or just take your mouse to the Apple under Finder. The entire system rarely, if ever, requires a reboot -- although a USB card reader was causing one at work to do some funky things. Of course, once we pulled the card reader, we got control again. And once we stopped trying to connect it via the keyboard and used the ports on the back, we got the card reader working.


15 posted on 09/04/2006 5:06:09 AM PDT by Tribune7
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To: SamAdams76

that should be option-command-escape.


16 posted on 09/04/2006 5:07:12 AM PDT by Tribune7
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To: SamAdams76
"Another reason I don't like Macs is because when you hit CTRL+ALT+DEL, nothing happens whereby in my Windows computer, it does a lot of useful stuff."

I know what you mean. I hope Microsoft releases a Bluetooth version of this keyboard soon.


17 posted on 09/04/2006 5:53:17 AM PDT by Boss_Jim_Gettys (Willing to compromise...NOT)
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To: SamAdams76
Another reason I don't like Macs is because when you hit CTRL+ALT+DEL, nothing happens

You have an ALT key?

18 posted on 09/04/2006 6:22:11 AM PDT by cowboyway (My heroes have always been Cowboys)
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To: Tribune7

***that should be option-command-escape.***

Yes, it should if you want to force quit a program. But I tried option-command-shift and it gave me Spotlight with a larger, easier to read section. Thanks


19 posted on 09/04/2006 6:25:16 AM PDT by kitkat (The first step down to hell is to deny the existence of evil.LOL!)
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To: SamAdams76

Yep - that CTRL+ALT+DEL does a lot fo useful stuff - like help get you out of frozen programs, or to force reboot the computer when it hangs - again.


20 posted on 09/04/2006 6:57:03 AM PDT by TheBattman (I've got TWO QUESTIONS for you....)
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To: PistolPaknMama

Either that or the traditional PC user has been brainwashed into using certain keys and key combinations that the simplified Mac interface is just too easy for them to accept as functional...

Sorry... I just had too....


21 posted on 09/04/2006 6:58:40 AM PDT by TheBattman (I've got TWO QUESTIONS for you....)
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To: TheBattman
Sorry... I just had too....

LOL....that's ok. That was the driving force behind my post too. :-)

22 posted on 09/04/2006 7:05:13 AM PDT by PistolPaknMama (Al-Queda can recruit on college campuses but the US military can't! --FReeper airborne)
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To: TheBattman
Either that or the traditional PC user has been brainwashed into using certain keys and key combinations that the simplified Mac interface is just too easy for them to accept as functional...

'at sounds about right. I use XP all day now and haven't found anything "easier," just different.
23 posted on 09/04/2006 7:37:13 AM PDT by Leonard210
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To: rudy45
Our Macbook Pro has no key labeled "backspace." However, its "delete" key really is a destructive backspace key. I cannot, however, find a "true" "delete in place" key. Does the Macbook Pro have one? I tried to see if I can reprogram the "delete" key in system preferences, but don't see a screen to that effect.

As far as I can tell, what you are really looking for is a "forward delete" key.

The cursor is always between keys, so the concept of "delete in place" doesn't really have much meaning.

To achieve a forward delete, hold down the "function" key (extreme lower left of keyboard, labeled fn) and press delete. This will delete the character immediately in front of the cursor.

24 posted on 09/04/2006 2:37:15 PM PDT by CurlyDave
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To: SamAdams76

I can't believe you said this. You don't use Macs because of missing c/a/d???????
Oh man, if you only KNEW what you were missing! It doesn't have it, and you'll never miss it!!!


25 posted on 09/05/2006 2:32:20 PM PDT by Shimmer128 (If you don't change the direction you're going, you're going to wind up where you're headed)
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