On the Macintosh: Delete Key
The Backspace key is near and dear to the hearts of editors everywhere. Standard keyboards from Apple call the same key “Delete.”
In Mac OS 8 and later, the Delete key has one additional function that’s extremely welcome. You can move files to the Trash by selecting their icons and then pressing Command-Delete. Doing so is exactly the same as selecting a file in Windows and pressing Delete. On the other hand, there’s no way on the Macintosh to delete a file completely without sending it to the Trash first (Shift-Delete in Windows).
On the Macintosh: General Control Panel, Desktop Patterns Control Panel, Desktop Pictures Control Panel, Appearance Control Panel
In Windows, you can change the appearance of your Desktop background by applying either a graphics file (wallpaper) or a pattern to it. You can do the same in the Mac OS as well, although they’ve moved around over different versions of the operating system.
In versions of the Mac OS prior to System 7.5, the General Controls control panel (Apple menu → Control Panels → General Controls) let you switch between a number of built-in Desktop patterns.
With System 7.5 and 7.6, Apple included the Desktop Patterns control panel (accessible from Apple menu → Control Panels → Desktop Patterns) to let you switch between different Desktop patterns.
Mac OS 8.0 and 8.1 featured the Desktop Pictures control panel, described later in this entry, which let you apply both patterns and ...