Can’t find my way Home

When I joined the IST Solutions Institute this fall, I found myself in a Macintosh-friendly environment for the first time in a decade.

I’ve always had a soft spot in my heart (or head) for the much-maligned platform — its elegance and consistency appeals to me. Since Macromedia was nice enough to recently begin seriously supporting ColdFusion development on OS X, I jumped at the chance to try working on a modern Macintosh.

My first shock after switching platforms was discovering my dependence on the Home and End keys in Windows. The fact that I couldn’t hit Shift-End to highlight from the current cursor location to the end of the line drove me nuts. Figuring that I could not be the only person to notice this, I did some digging and I finally found a solution.

On most Macintosh-native applications, the same effect can be achieved by holding down the Command (or Apple) key and using the right-arrow (for End) or left-arrow (for Home) keys. If you want to select the text instead of just moving the cursor, hold your Shift key down as usual.

4 thoughts on “Can’t find my way Home

  1. Fantastic….. that’s a great trick Darryl! I wasn’t sure what you meant when I read your comment at first, but then it dawned on me that you were talking about being in Terminal.

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