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Two editing keyboard shortcuts Apps
Back to basics -- use keyboard shortcuts to open and close the fonts window and the color picker window in text editing applications.

Here are two quick and easy shortcuts to keep in mind for use in most text editing applications. Don't bother with these in Word, they don't apply. Try them in TextEdit instead.

The first you probably already know. It lets you open the font selection window. It's Command+T.

The second you may not know, but it usually works in applications where the first one works. It's Command+Shift+C and it opens the Mac Color Picker window. Two quick tips about this window:

1) If you click the magnifying glass icon, you can choose any color available on your Mac's screen, and

2) you can drag a color from any point inside the rectangle near the top of the window into one of the squares at the bottom to store it there for future reference. Try dragging the bottom right corner of the window (and/or the right edge, if you're using Lion) if you need more squares.

One last thing, use the same shortcut to hide the windows as you used to invoke them.

[crarko adds: In BBEdit, only the first shortcut works (not surprising). Both shortcuts worked in the iWork and iLife applications I tried them with, as well as TextEdit.]
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Two editing keyboard shortcuts
Authored by: wallybear on Feb 22, '12 09:47:18AM

...and where's the news?
Those shortcuts (and the Color Picker functionalities) are well known from centuries.



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Two editing keyboard shortcuts
Authored by: babaloo on Feb 24, '12 10:34:33AM

Agreed.
Additionally the two shortcuts are easily found in the format menu (in TextEdit for example).

Generally, what has Mac OS X Hints come to?
The quality of the hints has dramatically declined. I hope this is going to change.



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Two editing keyboard shortcuts
Authored by: philostein on Feb 24, '12 02:25:46PM

Isn't the quality of hints based on the quality of readers' (i.e., our) submissions? I'd wager there isn't a collection of jaw-dropping gems to banish this hint to the back of the list.

Would it be better to say 'Sorry, no worthy hints today'? Though some readers have volunteered to cover on national holidays, just so they can get their daily fix. :)



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Two editing keyboard shortcuts
Authored by: llee on Feb 25, '12 09:13:40AM

While the hint is obviously intended for novice users, I think that there are experienced users who may not have realized that they could both invoke and dismiss the color picker and fonts windows with the same keyboard shortcuts. Anyway, I certainly don't think Craig nor Macworld care to promote the assertion that there's nothing for novice users at Mac OS X Hints. If they did, I agree that this hint probably wouldn't have appeared.



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