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Windows to Mac keyboard shortcuts – a quick guide

April 26th, 2012
This is just a great re-post for a great post about keyboard shortcuts on the MAC OS – original post – Linky
Again POST is brought to you as is no changes what so ever

In the nearly three months I’ve been blogging about switching to Mac I’ve had countless times that readers have made comments about my posts, recommending specific techniques, tricks or applications that have helped me improve my Mac experience. Yesterday it was n45800’s turn as he pointed me in the direction of a list of the default key bindings for OS X. This little gem was exactly what I needed to get past some of the keyboard issues I’ve been trying to adjust to.

As a touch typist I’ve really struggled at times to use the Mac keyboard; not necessarily the keyboard itself but the navigation shortcuts while editing text in a text editing surface. Here is a list of the most commonly used keystrokes on Windows XP for text editing and navigation and their Mac OS X equivalents:

Purpose Windows Mac OS X
Clipboard Commands
Copy Ctrl+C Command+C
Cut Ctrl+X Command+X
Paste Ctrl+V Command+V
Selection Commands
Select All Ctrl+A Command+A
Undo Ctrl+Z Command+Z
Redo Ctrl+Y Command+Y
Text Navigation Commands
Beginning of current line Home Command+Left Arrow
End of current line End Command+Right Arrow
Top of editing area Ctrl+Home Command+Up Arrow
End of editing area Ctrl+End Command+Down Arrow
Next word right Ctrl+Right Arrow Option+Right Arrow
Previous word left Ctrl+Left Arrow Option+Left Arrow
Beginning of next paragraph Ctrl+Down Arrow Option+Down Arrow
Beginning of previous paragraph Ctrl+Up Arrow Option+Up Arrow
This isn’t an exhaustive list by any means but if you are new to Macs and coming from Windows you should consider bookmarking this post or printing it out as a reference because it will save you lots of time. These key stroke combinations should work for most Cocoa based applications that include a text area to type in, including Safari, Mail, TextEdit, etc.
Notice that the Ctrl key is the only modifier used by Windows while OS X uses Command, Control and Option modifiers. Now I know why I’ve been struggling so much.
Want more keys?
Here are a couple of links to pages I’ve found that have more complete lists:
If you are making your way to Mac from Windows it’s a really good idea to immerse yourself into the keyboard shortcuts because they really will save you some time and improve your experience. Make an effort to use them and commit them to your “muscle memory“- it will really help you be more productive.

HP Touchpad Hebrew Keyboard for Version 3.0.4

October 26th, 2011

OK so you upgraded your HP Touchpad to versin 3.0.4…. and you either killed your Hebrew Keyboard or can’t use the old guide.
So follow the updated guide here

If you just need the new Keypatch zip file (again thanks to the people at palm preacher!) i’ve added it to the download section.
Hebrew Keypatch for 3.0.2 and 3.0.4 (1000)

Microsoft patents modular Windows Phone with swappable batteries, keyboard, and Gamepad – Amazing Idea/Concept

September 23rd, 2011
Just posting this as is from Engadget!
Finally an amazing idea for smart phones!
Not like the failed MODO experiment this might be amazing!

We’ve seen slider phones with speakersgamepads, and of course, the standard keypad — but what if you want to swap out your slider accessory for something new? A new patent from Microsoft is exploring the possibility, showing off a concept smartphone with a sliding modular bay. Tired of that keyboard? Replace it with a gamepad, or a life-giving battery pack. According to the patent claims, some of the modular components would even function wirelessly, citing a touchscreen module which doubles as a wireless handset or a media remote. Neat? You bet, but we wouldn’t get our hopes up — Microsoft typically keeps out of the handset manufacturing game, and the last modular phone to pique our interest didn’t exactly make a splash.

Hebrew Keyboard for Hp Touchpad – 10 minutes and your done – Guide

September 7th, 2011

** UPDATE – IF YOU UPGRADED TO 3.0.4 DON’T USE THIS RIGHT NOW **

Thanks again to PalmPreacher!!!
We now have a full working Hebrew Keyboard!!!

Simple install

This post is all about installing Hebrew onto your HP TouchPad virtual Keyboard.

 

Disclaimer

THE SOFTWARE IS PROVIDED “AS IS”, WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE AND NONINFRINGEMENT. IN NO EVENT SHALL THE AUTHORS OR COPYRIGHT HOLDERS BE LIABLE FOR ANY CLAIM, DAMAGES OR OTHER LIABILITY, WHETHER IN AN ACTION OF CONTRACT, TORT OR OTHERWISE, ARISING FROM, OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH THE SOFTWARE OR THE USE OR OTHER DEALINGS IN THE SOFTWARE.

This act is intrusive and may void your warranty.

We take no responsibility for any damage that might happen!

Prerequisites

Before you start, make sure your device is in Developer Mode, and that you already have Hebrew fonts on it.

you also need novaterm to access the device linux (for more information about it check WebOS Internals)

  • On 32 bit Windows download novaterm1.zip and unzip it into the \program files\palm\sdk\bin directory.
  • On 64 bit Windows download novaterm64.zip and unzip it into the \program files\palm\sdk\bin directory.

 

Installation

1. Download the file keypatch.zip or visit the special WebOS Internals page dedicated to the TouchPad virtual keyboard.

2. unzip the file somewhere on your computer in a folder keypatch

3. Connect your TouchPad to your computer and select USB Drive

4. Copy the keypatch folder to the TouchPad USB Driver.

5. Nicely disconnect (eject) your TouchPad.

6. Reconnect your TouchPad but this time select close (not the USB Drive)

7. run novaterm (from your PC).

8. change directory by typing:   cd /media/internal/keypatch

9. apply patch by typing:    sh patch.sh patch heb.json

Note:

This process takes about 10 minutes. have patience!

when done, go to Regional Settings and add 2 English Keyboards. First one qwerty, and the second: azerty

 

Support webOS Community:

for more than 2 years now, palmpreacher gives you patches, apps and information focused for the Israeli & Hebrew speaking audience.

please consider supporting this great community by downloading WritePad HD For HP TouchPad (it’s only 0.99$ )

and of course, don’t forget to donate WebOS Internals.

 

Hebrew For HP TouchPad – Guide

August 29th, 2011

So you got yourself a cheap HP TouchPad and you can’t read Hebrew on it…
Some might say who cares, and that’s true to most people that got it but I do need Hebrew on it.

Guide is a Repost from Hebrew here – Linky

 

Before you install Hebrew Fonts onto your webOS device (HP TouchPad, Palm Pre2, Palm Pre3, HP Veer) make sure you’ve done the following steps:

1. Turn on Developer mode. – In EnglishIn Hebrew

2. Install webOS Quick Install – In English In Hebrew

okay. now…

3.  download the Hebrew Fonts

4. Start webOS Quick Install.

5. after you open the webOSQuickInstall select the send file from the tools menu.

6. press the button with the …  and select the file you downloaded – Heisei_Kaku_Gothic_nb.ttf

7. select destination folder to: /usr/share/fonts

8. press send to device button.

9. restart the device – enjoy Hebrew…

 

They are working on a Hebrew Keyboard for the TouchPad as well

Microsoft Word Keyboard Shortcuts

August 16th, 2011

Stolen shamelessly from Microsoft’s MVP site (Well not shamelessly as i’m giving credit and Linky)

So as stated on Microsoft’s Page I MUST give a link pointing out to their webpage

http://word.mvps.org/faqs/general/shortcuts.htm

This list doesn’t attempt to be comprehensive, but is a list of the shortcuts which save me the most time.

You can also get a complete list of keyboard shortcuts by selecting Tools + Macro + Macros, where it says Macros in, select Word Commands, select the command called ListCommands and press Run. Or you might find the following more useful:Word commands, and their descriptions, default shortcuts and menu assignments

 

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