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Old 03-19-2006, 07:30 AM   #1
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weird keyboard symbols

I've been using Macs for quite a long time and yet, there are a few symbols on the keyboard that I don't use or understand. Is there an explanation anywhere on the web which describes the apple keyboard in depth?
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Old 03-19-2006, 07:52 AM   #2
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1. ⌘ Command Key (Apple Key)
2. ⌥ Option Key
3. ⌫ Delete
4. ⎋ Escape (same as esc)
5. ⏏ Eject
6. ⇧ Shift
7. ⇪ Caps Lock

There are also sometimes (usually on notebooks) symbols on the F keys (F1-F12) these usually control hardware functions when used with the fn key.

I'm not sure if this is what you are looking for, but hope it helps.
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Old 03-19-2006, 07:55 AM   #3
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Opps I forgot this one:

8. ^ Ctrl
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Old 03-19-2006, 12:55 PM   #4
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I think I might know what your looking for.

Using what tbsingleton73 said, say you have "Command+C".
This means you hold the command key, or ⌘ Key down and press C. This does the same thing instead of going to the Edit menu and choosing Copy.

http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=61474 - For window shortcuts
http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=75459 - even more shortcuts
http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=61544 - forn screenshots

They are also used for typing other symbols like or . Try opening TextEdit and type: "Option+Shift+q". You end up getting Œ.

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Old 03-19-2006, 03:32 PM   #5
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thanks, that helps. There is still the question of the circle with the spiral arms under the escape button, the box with a cross through it and the dash with a skward facing chevron (both on the numeric keyboard).
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Old 03-19-2006, 04:04 PM   #6
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the box with a cross through it - that's the Clear key (for your keypad)
Dash with chevron (triangle) sounds like the eject key (for your optical drive)

Anyone ever see a 'circle with the spiral arms under the escape key'? I can't figure that one out, and nothing like it on a U.S. keyboard

Are you using a foreign language keyboard ?
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Old 03-19-2006, 04:15 PM   #7
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Anyone ever see a 'circle with the spiral arms under the escape key'?

I think he means
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Old 03-19-2006, 04:23 PM   #8
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I'm trying to find it using a almost unknown part of OS X, the Keyboard Viewer.
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Old 03-19-2006, 04:37 PM   #9
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Well it's right there on UK keyboards:

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Old 03-19-2006, 04:43 PM   #10
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Russian-Phonetic ?
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Old 03-19-2006, 05:20 PM   #11
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It was just an example...
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Old 03-19-2006, 05:22 PM   #12
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Gaffer, do you actually use that Stuffit menu? Each one of those meun things takes up some memory and CPU.
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Old 03-19-2006, 05:35 PM   #13
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Actually i do
slightly quicker than going through utilities->stuffit folder->stuffit deluxe

*my docks already cluttered with 26 items so I thought it might be better up there.

Was considering removing it though, along with the LetterStick app (which hasn't alerted me to anything in 6 months).
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Old 03-19-2006, 07:48 PM   #14
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you could use spotlight and search for stuffit. I'm guessing your top result will be Stuffit Deluxe
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Old 03-20-2006, 04:34 AM   #15
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the box with a cross through it - that's the Clear key (for your keypad)
Dash with chevron (triangle) sounds like the eject key (for your optical drive)

Anyone ever see a 'circle with the spiral arms under the escape key'? I can't figure that one out, and nothing like it on a U.S. keyboard

Are you using a foreign language keyboard ?

No, not the eject key which is also F12, the symbol that looks like a 'K' which has fallen on it's face. It has an entire button of keyboard real estate dedicated to it - when they could have made the cursor or return keys bigger (read: normal sized).
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Old 03-20-2006, 05:28 AM   #16
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Its a return key.

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Old 03-20-2006, 07:36 AM   #17
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Technically not Return, but Enter - which sometimes is not the same function.

The Keyboard Viewer shows a curvy arrow for the Return key.
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Old 03-20-2006, 08:29 AM   #18
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I use this little AppleScript to toggle the keyboard viewer (using FastScripts to give it a hot key, but QuicKeys and a number of others would work as well):

Code:
tell application "System Events"
	if exists process "KeyboardViewerServer" then
		do shell script "killall KeyboardViewerServer"
	else
		tell application "KeyboardViewerServer" to activate
	end if
end tell
and this one for the keycodes:

Code:
tell application "System Events"
	if exists process "CharPaletteServer" then
		do shell script "killall CharPaletteServer"
	else
		tell application "CharPaletteServer" to activate
	end if
end tell
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Old 03-21-2006, 11:51 AM   #19
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you could use spotlight and search for stuffit. I'm guessing your top result will be Stuffit Deluxe

I also figured out that all/most of the required stuffit options are in the 'ctrl-click' menu when you click on any item anyway....so I've since disabled magic menu (as it's already in "right click" menu ) and stuffit AVR deamon from the pref pane (because it's actually easier to create/expand archives using...yes, you guessed it..."ctrl-click" and selecting what you need, than holding down the mouse, waiting for it to allow you to alter the text (getting it wrong 5 or 6 times first though and accidentally "launching" the item instead .....this is the only aspect of OSX I hate) and then altering the extreme right side of the items label.

Here is my menu bar now:


I've also removed the keyboard item (flag) because;
a: I've never had the need to use another country's keyboard
b: "Character Pallette" can already be accessed from edit->specialCharacters (or option+apple+T) and
c: "Keyboard Viewer" can be accessed from this free app (store it in utilites and avoids the need for writing new scripts).....KeyViewer

PS a "Shameful" apple character (so called because it seems apple is so ashamed of it, it doesn't even print it on the keyboard , so you can spend a lot of time hunting for it) is:
# which is option+3

PPS HenWen still there 'cos I finally configured it correctly, so now it is alerting me at times
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Old 03-21-2006, 12:42 PM   #20
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PS a "Shameful" apple character (so called because it seems apple is so ashamed of it, it doesn't even print it on the keyboard , so you can spend a lot of time hunting for it) is:
# which is option+3

Think of it as "the other pound sign", so therefore option-.

BTW, on US keyboards, the # is printed on the keyboard and it's what you get with Shift-3, and it's the sign that requires the option key.
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