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

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Chapter 35. K

Keyboard

On the Macintosh: Keyboard

The PC world has seen a number of keyboard designs over the years, with the most common becoming the 101-key keyboard with the function keys on top, cursor and navigation controls, and a separate numeric keypad. Apple has used a number of different keyboard layouts for Macs as well, but for the most part you won’t have any trouble switching from a PC keyboard to a Macintosh keyboard. There are, however, some keys on Macintosh keyboards that you won’t recognize. Refer to Table 35-1 for an overview, and to individual entries for key usage details.

Keyboard Control Panel

On the Macintosh: Keyboard Control Panel, General Controls Control Panel

The sliders in the Windows Keyboard control panel let you control various aspects of the keyboard; you’ll find exactly the same options on the Macintosh, although they aren’t all in the same places.

Repeat delay, Repeat rate. The settings let you specify how soon a key begins repeating when you hold it down (to type XXXXX, for example), and how quickly the key repeats once it starts. To find the same controls on the Macintosh, open the Apple menu → Control Panels → Keyboard control panel. (See Figure 35-1.)

Cursor blink rate. This control lets you adjust how quickly your insertion point blinks when in a word processor. On the Macintosh, you can make the same adjustment in the Apple menu → Control Panels → General Controls control panel.

Language tab. In Windows, you use this tab to choose from among several ...

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