Things I’ve learned on the Mac so far

I bought a 27 inch iMac last year, and I’ve been trying to get used to it ever since.

Here’s what I’ve figured out so far:

  • There is no “cut” feature in Finder, only “copy”. To get “cut” you must first “copy” and then when you are ready to “paste”, hold down the “option” key, and the “copy” turns into “move”.
  • Install XtraFinder. It adds the following features to Finder
    • Multiple Tabs
    • Options to arrange folders on top of files
    • “Copy Path”, “Show Hidden Items”, “Refresh”, “Copy to”, “Move to”, “New Terminal Here”, “Make Symbolic Link”, “Contents”, …
  • Install DoubleCommand to make the “home” and “end” buttons on the keyboard work properly. Be sure to uncheck the “Enter Key acts as Command Key” or else the Enter key on the numeric keyboard will appear to stop working.
  • To make the forward delete key work properly in the terminal, edit the current Terminal profile, go to Keyboard, and look for the forward delete symbol. If it’s not there, add a new mapping. Select “Send Text” as the action, and then press ⌃-⇧-D (Control-Shift-D) in the input box. it will record it is \004. You are now good to go.
  • Any keyboard shortcuts you’ve defined on your iPhone will sync to the Mac, assuming you’ve got iCloud enabled. Except that these shortcuts don’t work in Chrome because they’ve opted not to use the MacOS spell-check thingy.
  • The Solarized project has a great colour scheme, and they have the setting for the Mac Terminal program, which is nice.
  • I use PureText on Windows to paste from the clipboard in plain text. On the Mac, you can get the same effect by using ⌥-⌘-V (Option-Command-V).

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3 thoughts on “Things I’ve learned on the Mac so far”

  1. Re forward delete, you can also use “Fn+Delete”.

    Surprised about the not-cut-in-Finder thing. Will have to try that out!

  2. Right, so after 10 years of using Macs, apparently I’ve never had to cut/paste from Finder before. :/

    Also, the ⌘+⌥+V will work almost everywhere, except to the Desktop. How weird is that?

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