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Keyboard shortcuts to various System Preferences
Authored by: u2mr2os2 on Apr 20, '09 07:34:33PM

Yes, let's make this clear: the keys are Function keys when you press "Fn" or when the key has no special function or if you've flipped the preference for the "F" keys to be function by default unless you press "Fn" to make them do the special function like volume, etc.

With Apple unifying the keyboard layout, the keys are generally the same for everyone, and so "F11" is on the same key as the "volume down" special function. The confusion comes when people say to press "F11", when really they mean "Volume down" because to get F11, most people add the Fn key, and you then don't get "volume down" anymore.

The same thing happens when people describe the shortcut key for switching to the next open window in an app. They say "command tilde", but it's really "command `" (back tick or grave accent), so they call the key by it's shifted character, tilde. This is potentially more confusing since "command+shift `" cycles in the reverse direction, and you can really say that it is actually "command tilde".

Anyhow, it seems obvious that what's going on in this hint is just what's been around for some time now, that pressing option plus a special key opens the related preference pane.

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Keyboard shortcuts to various System Preferences
Authored by: palahala on Apr 21, '09 12:31:27AM

...and then Apple makes things slightly more confusing by stating, for example, that Safari Zoom is mapped to Cmd + while also accepting Cmd = :-)

I still wonder why Apple replaced the  symbol for "cmd" on the new keyboards, but did not print "opt" next to the ⌥ on the option key as well -- now people who are using "alt" to refer to that key can no longer be blamed ;-) Of course, as the ⌥ is listed in the menus, it cannot be replaced by "opt" on the keyboard (in fact, usage in the menus is apparently why the symbol ⌘ for command is used, as Jobs did not like all the apple symbols in the menus). But then: why don't the keyboards show ⌃ for the control key as well...?

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