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.)

from http://www.danrodney.com/mac/


if you enjoyed this you may also like the hidden magic things i found out about selecting text on iOS devices.


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.