Keyboard mappings using a PC keyboard on a Macintosh

Applies to: Comfort Curve Keyboard 2000Wireless Desktop 3000

INTRODUCTION


When you use a Windows (PC) keyboard on a Macintosh computer, the keyboard shortcuts that you use map to different keys. In particular, the primary key that is used in keyboard shortcuts in combination with other keys is frequently different. The following are the primary key substitutions on the Windows keyboard, and their Macintosh equivalents.
WindowsMacintosh
CONTROLCOMMAND (for most shortcuts) or CONTROL
ALTOPTION
Windows/StartCOMMAND/Apple
BACKSPACEDELETE
DELETEDEL
SHIFTSHIFT
ENTERRETURN

More Information


The following are typical Windows keyboard shortcuts and their Macintosh equivalents that apply to the operating system.

System Shortcuts

ActionWindowsMacintosh
Backward deleteBACKSPACEDELETE
Capture whole screen to ClipboardPRINT SCREENCOMMAND+CONTROL+SHIFT+3
Capture front most windowALT+PRINT SCREENCOMMAND+SHIFT+3
Close active windowCONTROL+WCOMMAND+W
Copy a file/folderCONTROL+ drag iconOPTION+ drag icon
Copy to ClipboardCONTROL+CCOMMAND+C
Create an alias or shortcutMouse right-click, then select Create ShortcutSelect item, then COMMAND+L
Delete to ClipboardCONTROL+XCOMMAND+X
Exit a dialog box without changesESCESC
Find/SearchCONTROL+FCOMMAND+F
Force exit from unresponsive applicationCONTROL+ALT+DELETECOMMAND+OPTION+ESC
Forward deleteDELETEDEL (Mac notebooks: Function (fn)+DELETE)
View item information or propertiesALT+ENTERCOMMAND+I
Log off Current UserWindows logo key +LCOMMAND+SHIFT+Q
Maximize windowCONTROL+F10CONTROL+F3, then UP ARROW or DOWN ARROW to select minimized windows on Dock, then ENTER
Minimize windowsWindows logo key +MCOMMAND+M
New folderCONTROL+NCOMMAND+SHIFT+N
Open fileCONTROL+OCOMMAND+O
Paste Clipboard contentCONTROL+VCOMMAND+V
PrintCONTROL+PCOMMAND+P
Exit/quit programALT+F4COMMAND+Q
Rename file/folderSelect item, then F2Select item, then ENTER
Save fileCONTROL+SCOMMAND+S
Select all itemsCONTROL+ACOMMAND+A
Select more than one item in a list (noncontiguous)CONTROL, then click each itemCOMMAND, then click each item
Send items to Recycle Bin/TrashSelect items, then DELETESelect items, then COMMAND+DELETE
Send/receive e-mailCONTROL+KCOMMAND+K
Shut downWindows logo key +U+UCOMMAND+OPTION+CONTROL+Eject key
Switch to next windowCONTROL + F6COMMAND+~ (tilde)
Switch to previous windowCONTROL+SHIFT+F6COMMAND+SHIFT+~ (tilde)
Toggle through open applicationsALT+TABCOMMAND+TAB
Type special charactersALT+ character keyOPTION+ character key
UndoCONTROL+ZCOMMAND+Z

Microsoft Office / iWork

The following are typical Windows keyboard shortcuts and their Macintosh equivalents that are specific to the Microsoft Office and Apple iWork office suites.
ActionWindowsMacintosh
All CapsCONTROL+SHIFT+ACOMMAND+SHIFT+A
BoldCONTROL+BCOMMAND+B
Extend selection word leftCONTROL+SHIFT+LEFT ARROWOPTION+SHIFT+LEFT ARROW
Extend selection word rightCONTROL+SHIFT+RIGHT ARROWOPTION+SHIFT+RIGHT ARROW
Font menuCONTROL+DCOMMAND+D (Office) or COMMAND+T (iWork)
ItalicCONTROL+ICOMMAND+I
Move to beginning of current or previous wordCONTROL+LEFT ARROWOPTION+LEFT ARROW
Move to end of current or next wordCONTROL+RIGHT ARROWOPTION+RIGHT ARROW
Move to end of current lineCONTROL+ENDOPTION+END
New document, new e-mail message, and so onCONTROL+NCOMMAND+N
UnderlineCONTROL+UCOMMAND+U

Windows Internet Explorer / Safari Shortcuts

The following are typical Windows keyboard shortcuts and their Macintosh equivalents that are specific to the Microsoft Internet Explorer and Apple Safari Web browsers.
ActionWindowsMacintosh
BackALT+LEFT ARROW or BACKSPACECOMMAND+LEFT ARROW or DELETE
Find word/phrase on a pageCTRL+FCOMMAND+F
ForwardALT+RIGHT ARROW or SHIFT+BACKSPACECOMMAND+RIGHT ARROW or SHIFT+DELETE
Browse to home pageALT+HOMECOMMAND+SHIFT+H
Open new browser windowCTRL+NCOMMAND+N
Open new tabCTRL+TCOMMAND+T
Print pageCTRL+PCOMMAND+P
Refresh Web pageCTRL+RCOMMAND+R
Switch to next tabCTRL+TABCOMMAND+} (right brace)
Switch to previous tabCTRL+SHIFT+TABCOMMAND+{ (left brace)
Toggle full screenF11None
Increase text sizeCTRL+PLUS SIGN (+)COMMAND+PLUS SIGN (+)
Reduce text sizeCTRL+MINUS SIGN (-)COMMAND+MINUS SIGN (-)