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One of the things I hate about iTunes is that if I want to edit the name of a song, I have to either click on the name and wait for it to figure out that I'm trying to edit the name, or open the Song Info window, which is slow and cumbersome if I'm just editing the name.

I just accidentally discovered that if you hit the Enter key (not the Return key) while a song is highlighted, it immediately changes the name field to edit mode. Yay!
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Use Enter to edit iTunes song names
Authored by: DaveT on May 22, '05 05:19:37PM

Wow. This was frustrating me too. Are you also a Type A?



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Use Enter to edit iTunes song names
Authored by: sarahsda on May 23, '05 02:11:15PM

Neat hint .. didn't know about it.. I can confirm it also works in iTunes and Finder under 10.3.9.

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Use Enter to edit iTunes song names
Authored by: Ockham on May 22, '05 05:47:15PM

This is actually a universal name editing shortcut that can be used throughout the system and in most applications (iPhoto, Entourage, Mail, Etc.). My recollection is that it was in OS 10.3 too, although I am admittedly forgetting 10.3 pretty quick.



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Use Enter to edit iTunes song names
Authored by: Chris Haynes on May 22, '05 05:51:28PM

Yep, has been in there for quite some time.

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Use Enter to edit iTunes song names
Authored by: pascalpp on May 22, '05 06:23:59PM

Well it's been in the finder since day 1, but the key to press was return OR enter. Hitting return in iTunes will play the song. I'm pretty certain older versions of iTunes would play the song when pressing Enter as well, so this might be a recent addition. Can anyone verify that?



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Use Enter to edit iTunes song names
Authored by: MJCube on May 22, '05 11:41:09PM

The Finder has offered it not since Day 1, but since System 7.



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Final Cut Pro
Authored by: aaron128 on May 22, '05 10:26:14PM

I just discovered a few weeks ago this works in Final Cut. Double joy.



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Final Cut Pro
Authored by: osxpounder on May 23, '05 04:59:23PM

Works in Final Cut? Triple-joy! You just shaved hours or days off of my working life -- thanks! God how I hated renaming things in FCP, with projects where I'd be renaming 30-100 items at a time. Bless you, bless you, bless you.

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Use Enter to edit iTunes song names
Authored by: spidermann on May 22, '05 07:22:12PM

this technique has been around since version 1 of iTunes. I have been using it since then.

Is always interesting how some people know something and think it is universal knowledge, and other people don't find it for a long time.



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Use Enter to edit iTunes song names
Authored by: Anonymous on May 23, '05 02:20:17AM

While we're on the subject of the enter key... I've had my PowerBook for three months and I still haven't figured out why I have an "enter/return" key as well as an "enter" key. Is this a typical Mac/PB thing? On a related note, I sure miss my PCs "delete" key.



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Delete key
Authored by: riccard0 on May 23, '05 02:43:33AM

fn + backward delete



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Delete key
Authored by: Anonymous on May 23, '05 04:07:06PM

Aha; thanks!



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Use Enter to edit iTunes song names
Authored by: xavierbdm on May 23, '05 02:48:29AM

This is an old thing, and some people cherish it, others don't get it:
Return key is supposedly the "new line" key, whereas "Enter" is the "validate/submit entry".
In situation where there is no new line to be added, Return and Enter plays same role. But where the distinction can be, then it usually exists.
There are many applications which do make use of it.
Photoshop is a big example: try seeing how Return indeed adds new line when writing text, while Enter validates and exit the edit mode. The distinction works for many other contexts in Photoshop. Same in Comic Life (the fun photo in comic application, check it www.plasq.com): Return adds new lines, Enter exit bubble edit mode....

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Use Enter to edit iTunes song names
Authored by: Anonymous on May 23, '05 04:10:03PM

Interesting; I can see how that'd be useful in certain circumstances. Thanks.



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Use Enter to edit iTunes song names
Authored by: dogboy on May 23, '05 04:54:09AM

Also, enter can be mapped to newline in chat clients (Adium for sure) so you can type decently formed paragraphs.
I find Enter to be a really useful key for assigning shortcuts, too, in combo with the modifiers.

More pointless is the § key. What on earth is *that* for?



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Use Enter to edit iTunes song names
Authored by: auricgoldfinger on May 23, '05 05:21:27AM

§ = section symbol: This designates a section. Example: §273.6 is also written as 40 CFR 273.6 (title 40, part 273, section 6).



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Use Enter to edit iTunes song names
Authored by: gullevek on May 23, '05 08:32:33AM

yeah but isn't that "paragraph like in law" key only on a german keyboard? At least here on my japanese I don't have that.



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Use Enter to edit iTunes song names
Authored by: ferret-slayer on May 23, '05 10:31:17AM

On a US keyboard:

§ = <option>-<6> = section-as-in-law
¶ = <option>-<7> = paragraph-as-in-law



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Use Enter to edit iTunes song names
Authored by: arglborps on Jun 16, '05 01:06:32AM

This is interesting in Germany we use § as the paragraph sign only.



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Use Enter to edit iTunes song names
Authored by: blech on Jun 15, '05 02:46:38PM

For those who remap the 'enter' key, fn-return sends enter (in a similar way to the way fn-delete sends forward delete).



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Use Enter to edit iTunes song names
Authored by: roman7927 on May 23, '05 02:26:13AM

Wow! Thanks! I've been using mouse click with delay for changing song names, this tip really helped!

And yes, I also miss the Windows delete key!



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Use Enter to edit iTunes song names
Authored by: auricgoldfinger on May 23, '05 05:17:11AM

as mentioned above: fn+backspace = delete



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Use Enter to edit iTunes song names
Authored by: roman7927 on May 23, '05 02:04:19PM

Wow! I guess you learn something new about OSX everyday. Thanks a lot!



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Use Enter to edit iTunes song names
Authored by: treemoss on May 23, '05 09:26:55AM

Seems to me that fn-delete (that's function + delete or backspace) acts the same as the PC delete key.



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Use Enter to edit iTunes song names
Authored by: Anonymous on May 23, '05 04:18:08PM

Glad I'm not the only one missing delete!

Do you also miss being able to launch an app/doc with the enter key? Here's a tip: hit command+downarrow.

Glad I found that one by accident. It sure was a shock when I tried launching Macintosh HD for the first time and ended up renaming it instead!



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Use Enter to edit iTunes song names
Authored by: Anonymous on May 23, '05 04:23:52PM

Looks like some of the other comments indicate that command+o is what they use.



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Use Enter to edit iTunes song names
Authored by: nevyn on May 23, '05 05:35:20AM

As mentioned in a nested thread above, this has been around since OS X 10.0 (perhaps eariler, but I've purged my mind of pre-X systems).

And it's an important distinction that all Mac users should remember:
- Return means "new line".
- Enter means "Confirm, validate, edit".

(So that, in theory, if you have a dialog box with a multi-line text field and your typing cursor is in it, return will make a new line, and enter will press the default button ("OK") (and esc will dismiss))

If one of the actions isn't applicable, the buttons have the same action.

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Use Enter to edit iTunes song names
Authored by: Lou Kash on May 23, '05 06:36:21AM

Additionally, in many advanced text editors (even in AppleWorks) and layout applications (à la InDesign) that can handle multiple pages, "Enter" key usually inserts a page or column break.



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Use Enter to edit iTunes song names
Authored by: roman7927 on May 23, '05 02:06:29PM

I have a question. In Finder, it seems that Return and Enter both edit the file name. How do you execute a file in the finder from the keyboard?



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Use Enter to edit iTunes song names
Authored by: Giel on May 23, '05 03:08:48PM

To execute a file in the finder use open (apple-key + O)



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Use Enter to edit iTunes song names
Authored by: tim1724 on May 23, '05 03:09:16PM
In Finder, it seems that Return and Enter both edit the file name. How do you execute a file in the finder from the keyboard?

Command-O

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command-down-arrow works too
Authored by: nemoinis on May 24, '05 04:50:04PM

like command-O, command-down-arrow opens the current file or folder. Handy if you were navigating a Finder window using the arrow keys anyway...



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