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Crossing Platforms A Macintosh/Windows Phrasebook by David Pogue, Adam Engst

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Chapter 26. B

Backspace Key

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).

Background

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 ...

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