Magic key­board

Fa­mil­iaris­ing your­self with some com­mon Mac key­board shortcuts and cross-plat­form con­trols pays div­i­dends

Mac Format - - 2016 -

A. Magic Key­board in Boot Camp

If you’re run­ning Win­dows in Boot Camp or a vir­tu­alised en­vi­ron­ment, such as Par­al­lels Desk­top or VMware Fu­sion, use ç for the Win­dows key, å+≈ as a sub­sti­tute for Win­dows’ Alt Gr key, ƒ+oe for Pause/Break, ƒ+® for Insert, and ƒ plus the …, æ, “or ‘ ar­row key for Page Up, Page Down, Home and End re­spec­tively.

B. Mul­ti­ple key­boards

If you’ve bought two or more key­boards with dif­fer­ent lan­guage lay­outs, switch be­tween them au­to­mat­i­cally by open­ing the Key­board pane in Sys­tem Pref­er­ences and putting a check mark next to ‘Au­to­mat­i­cally switch to a doc­u­ment’s in­put source’ in the In­put Sources tab. Check­ing ‘Show In­put menu in menu bar’ dis­plays a na­tional flag that, when clicked, lets you switch man­u­ally.

C. Acute ad­vice

Al­ter­na­tively, if you only oc­ca­sion­ally need to type an ac­cented char­ac­ter rather than writ­ing in a for­eign lan­guage all the time, hold down on the clos­est let­ter and wait for the ac­cented op­tions to pop up, then press the num­ber listed be­low the one you want to type. So, for the Ger­man ß, hold S, then press 1 to match its po­si­tion in the pop-up menu, or for an e with a cir­cum­flex, hold E and then press 3.

D. Share your key­board

You don’t need to buy a Magic Key­board for ev­ery de­vice. When you’ve fin­ished us­ing your key­board on one Mac, briefly con­nect it to an­other us­ing its Light­ning ca­ble and, so long as the Mac’s Blue­tooth is turned on, they’ll be paired and the key­board will forget all about the last Mac it was used with. It’ll now stay paired to the new Mac un­til you next briefly plug it into an­other one.

E. Blue­tooth wake-up fix

If press­ing a key on your Magic Key­board isn’t wak­ing up your sleep­ing Mac, open Sys­tem Pref­er­ences, click the Blue­tooth icon, and then click the Ad­vanced but­ton at the bot­tom-right cor­ner. Make sure the ‘Al­low Blue­tooth de­vices to wake this com­puter’ op­tion is checked.

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