OS X Mavericks :: Difference Between Two Delete Keys
Aug 24, 2014
I am brand new to the Mac ecosystem. Having loved my iPhones for the past two years, I have been wanting more Apple. I purchased the Mac mini. Thus far, I love it, but there is a lot to learn since I have been living in Windows/Microsoft my entire life. I am currently in the process of exploring and setting up my Mac mini, and, for some reason, iTunes decided to duplicate portions of my library. I'm not sure why, as there is no rhyme or reason to the particular files that were duplicated; either way, I think I have that issue under control.
However, when I tried to delete some of the duplicate files from the directory with the delete keys, nothing happened. With some research, I discovered that Command-delete was the necessary keystroke. It still did not work because I was trying to use the delete key next to the end key; I then tried the 'backspace' delete key, and that did the trick. what the difference is between these two seemingly identical keys.
I don't know which folder to use clearing out old messages, spam, junk and other detrious I might want to recover in the future and which folder for highly sensitive or personal in formation I want to keep confidential.
How do I delete text. Let's say I wrote the wrong word, as you know a Windows keyboard has "Delete" and "Backspace" keys, but a MacBook keyboard only has a "Delete" key which acts like the "Backspace" key. So in order for me to delete on work I have to go behind the text and use it like backspace.. how do I just delete the word from the front?
i'm running snow leopard and windows 7 in boot camp on a macbook pro 13" unibody. I use delete a lot as I use windows for CAD software and pressing fn + backspace is getting annoying. How do I map the backspace key to work as delete and map the eject CD key as backspace?
I spilled some water on my laptop this morning but it wasn't a lot and seemingly nothing happened. Then several hours later all of the sudden my delete key and arrow keys are not working. I can only assume this has something to do with the spill. My MacBook Pro is over 2 years old and I'm pretty sure the warranty is long expired. I definitely can't afford a new one or expensive repairs. Is there anyway to change the function of my keys? In other words can I change say one of my shifts or command keys into a new delete key ?
I can't backspace anymore. And just now, as I type this, I noticed if I press delete I -forward- delete, and I can still highlight text and delete it that way. How do I change the delete key to backspace? Also, my arrow keys used to move the cursor within text. now it just scrolls the page up and down.
My two-year-old daughter was messing with the keyboard on my iMac, and now the keys on the keyboard are not functioning as they were before. The delete key doesn't work, "a" types a symbol-topped "a" followed by the copyright symbol, etc...
I've restores the factory settings to the function keys in system preferences, but the problem persists.
The top row of keys on my keyboard are not working i.e. sound buttons do not adjust sound, same with brightness etc. They make a sound when pushed but the functions arent working. I have booted in safe mode and reset sound cache, I have check all settings in the keyboard section of system preferences.
I am a mac newbie, but experienced linux and windows user. I am trying to restore my mac mini (mid 2011) running mavericks. The process should normally be very simple; press command-R keys while booting to start recovery mode and go from there.
Unfortunately my keyboard is a palm-sized keyboard without command or windows keys. So I am stuck. I have 2 windows laptops that I can use to remote login but I cannot do remote login during boot.
I tried mapping the Command key to Ctrl key inside OS X, but it seems like this only works after reboot.
I tried to use recovery disk assistant as it requires "Option" key, but the assistant does not allow me select the HD, as I guess I do not have a recovery system on the HD.
I tried doing network install, but it requires the install CD, which I don't have. I have an ipad and two iphones if it
I've been using itunes for a while and it just messed my entire music library up! I've found something that is more Winamp style for me named "Cog". Now my problem is that I want to control it with the F7, F8, F9 keys which are the rewind, play and forward keys, but when pressing any of them it works both on itunes and cog player. How can I disable the Itunes link to it? I want it to control only Cog player.
I'm using the thin aluminum USB external keyboard and suddenly my 8ik, diagonal of keys stopped working (now I'm using my laptop keyboard). Anyone know if this is typically a sign of a broken keyboard, or a user issue?
I can no longer add or delete any contacts in Contacts. I am running Mavericks, 10.9.3 and I have an IPhone 5 which is up to date on its software. I have tried having iCloud syncing on and off and still cannot add or delete contacts on my MacBook Pro (brand new; with Retina display). I have looked for a preference file and cannot even find one that seems to be for Contacts. I can remove contacts from my iPhone, and I can sync it with my laptop, but the contacts I deleted on the phone are not deleted on the laptop. When syncing, which I have tried doing both wired and wireless, it takes forever to finish, it if it does at all. I usually let it set at working on step 5 for about 5 minutes before I just click the round "X" and dismiss the sync box.
I'm on a 17" mid 2010 MacBook Pro running OS X 10.9.3. When I open contacts and try to add a new contact then click done or save it doesn't save after closing. My entry will only exist until closing, when I open up contacts again it's gone. Also I cannot delete a contact. I thought this built in app could just be deleted and a fresh instal could be downloaded but can't find it anywhere
Several months ago, I went though my widgets collection and removed a number of 3rd party widgets that I no longer use or that don't work any more. I used the standard method for doing this .. i.e., 1) opened the dashboard, 2) clicked the "+" button to display all of the widgets, 3) click the "-" button to make them "jiggle" and have the "x" appear in the upper left corner of each widget icon, and then 4) clicked on the "x" associated with the widgets that I wanted to delete. All went fine, no problems at all, and I had a much trimmer collection of widgets. Ah, heaven.
A couple of weeks ago, however, I went to the dashboard and all of the widgets that I had previously removed had returned to my collection. Further, I could no longer remove them in the manner that I describe above. When I got to step 3), the previously deleted widgets would "jiggle" but no "x" appeared so that I could re-delete them.
I tried a couple of solutions that I found for other / similar issues posted here on the ASC such as deleting the dashboard cache and preference files, logging out, and re-logging back in (nothing happened). Then, I went to the Widgets folder of my Library folder (User/Library/Widgets) to simply delete the unwanted widgets directly. To my surprise ... not a single one of the deleted widgets exists in this folder! All of the widgets that I kept are located here ... but not of the removed widgets are here.
I performed a spotlight search for both other "Widget" folders and the titles of the deleted widgets themselves and found nothing.
Another odd thing is that the so-called "removed widgets" that remain in my widget library are still functional. I have checked the other user accounts on the computer and none of the "removed" widgets appear in these accounts.
Info: iMac (20-inch Early 2009), OS X Mavericks (10.9.4)
I deleted these apps from my MacBook Air because I am trying to save the space. I already have MS Office so I don't need these. I deleted them and as soon as I logged on again it wants to download them again. How do I delete them permanently?