Hi All,

Here's my list of keyboard shortcuts with the Apple Wireless Keyboard, amended using Cara Quinn's list style. I've put in sequences for commands like redo, switching input language keyboards, pressing the control key to stop VoiceOver speaking, using the media function keys to control playback, emacs style control keys. I'm going to include some pointers for using the media keys with touch screen navigation in a second document. I also have not included the keyboard shortcut alternatives for generating options or special characters or accents, since they vary according to the language of your selected input keyboard, and my list is for English language keyboards. Note that when you use a keyboard such as the Apple Wireless (Bluetooth) Keyboard or the iPad Keyboard Dock, you can also use cut, copy, and paste to paste in long passwords in many edit fields where you are not allowed to do this with the rotor and the touch screen. The iPad Keyboard Dock has a few additional option keys (for Spotlight search, return to home screen, and screen lock), and the key for showing / hiding the virtual keyboard is at the position of the F5 key since there is no eject key.

Apple Wireless Keyboard

eject - toggle showing / hiding virtual keyboard (this key is at top right)
tab - move to next text field (e.g. in mail)
shift tab - move to previous text field
command z - undo
shift command z - redo
command x - cut
command c - copy
command v - paste
command a - select all
control - stops and restarts VoiceOver speaking (e.g., in the middle of a two finger flick up or down to read all) command space - change to next language keyboard (when you have more than one selected)
shift command space - change to previous language keyboard

General movement and selection commands with command, option, and arrow key combinations. (For these sequences, holding down the shift key will select as well as move your cursor. On a PC keyboard, the control key can be substituted for some, but not all instances of the command key. On some keyboards, the Windows key may replace the function of the command key.)

left / right arrows - move left or right by character
shift left / right arrows - select left or right by character
option left / right arrows -  move left or right by word
shift option left / right arrows - select left or right by word
command left / right arrows - move to beginning or end of line
shift command left / right arrows - select to beginning or end of line
up / down arrows - move up or down by line
shift up / down arrows - select up or down by line
command up arrow - move to start of document (page up on PC keyboard)
shift command up arrow - select to start of document
command down arrow - move to end of document (page down on PC keyboard)
shift command down arrow - select to end of document

delete - delete backward by character
option delete - delete backward by word
(forward delete sequences with the Fn key do not work)

some emacs-like control key sequences work:
control a - move to beginning of line
control e - move to end of line
control b - move back a character
control f - move forward a character
control h - backwards delete a character
control k - delete to end of line
control m - insert line feed (blank line)

Selections are slightly tricky, because they are based on your current insertion point, so if you select a few words forward by holding down the shift key and tapping the option key, then press command up arrow to move to the start of the document without releasing the shift key, you will end up reversing the selection of the words you started with, and selecting all of your document from your starting point to the beginning of the document. Similarly, when you arrow down from the middle of a line and hold down the shift key, you select all characters from where you started to where you move to in the middle of the next line. On a Mac you can check your selections while you work, but here you can't. For more background details on how these commands work for selection, see my archived post on "Moving and Selecting in Cocoa Apps:

HTH. More later.  Cheers,


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