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Some general text editing tips System
I don't remember ever seeing this information here before, so I thought I'd submit it. I am used to using MS Word at both home and work and have therefore become reliant upon the ability to easily navigate through a document using command+arrow keys or command+shift+arrow keys to select text.

The lack of equivalent navigational abilities has frustrated me for some time in OS X. However I recently discovered that option+arrow keys and option+shift+arrow keys performs very similar functions, although not exactly identical.

For example, in Word command+left arrow positions the cursor at the beginning of each successive word. In OS X, option+left arrow positions the cursor at the beginning and then the end of each successive word.

Also, in Word command+up arrow and command+down arrow positions the cursor at the beginning or end, respectively, of the present paragraph. subsequent command+up/down arrows position the cursorat the previous and next paragraphs, respectively. In OS X, option+up arrow positions the cursor at the beginning of the present paragraph and subsequent command+up arrows places the cursor at the beginning of previous paragraphs. Whereas in OS X option+down arrow goes to the end of the present paragraph and then to the end of subsequent paragraphs.

These keys work universally in many applications in OS X, such as file names, text boxes in IE and Mozilla, TextEdit, and applications.
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Authored by: serversurfer on May 30, '02 11:52:50PM

Control-Left/Right moves to the beginning and end of lines in cocoa apps.

Holding Shift while using any of these shortcuts will highlight the text as it moves the cursor.



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