happy accident discovers that the fn key does more than activate the function keys at the top.
• fn-functionkey for function keys
• fn-backspace for forward delete
• fn-uparrow for pageup
• fn-downarrow for pagedown
• fn-leftarrow for home
• fn-rightarrow for end
fn-↑ pageup fn-← home fn-↓ pagedown fn-→ end
[oops hello. it turns out that apple did not really bring back the hidden magic keypad. it’s a feature of http://pqrs.org/macosx/keyremap4macbook which i forgot i had installed. still: it works.]
• the magic hidden ten-key pad:
fn-6 C fn-7 7 fn-8 8 fn-9 9 fn-0 / fn-- = fn-u 4 fn-i 5 fn-o 6 fn-p * fn-j 1 fn-k 2 fn-l 3 fn-; - fn-m 0 fn-, , fn-. . fn-/ +
i guess they used to have a numlock key and now no more. that’s fine, the left hand can hold fn.
all^h^h^h many emacs commands work too. (ctrl-o is really the best.)
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f’r’ex did you know with a two-finger tap you can select a whole paragraph in something you’re writing?
oops how come nobody warned that the fn key breaks the control key’s intentional placement as the leftmost and thus easiest-to-find-without-looking modifier key when touch-typing? i guess cuz on the mac side nobody does ctrl-anything.
since the fn key doesn’t change the behavior of alphanumeric keys, it should double as control, for the emacs stuff.
oh ok i guess i’ll just force it to. hmm http://doublecommand.sourceforge.net doesn’t do what i want.
ah ok http://pqrs.org/macosx/keyremap4macbook does it.
actually i found out about the hidden keypad later. decided not to remap mod keys cuz keypad is that useful.