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Apple Keyboard Symbols – explanation for dummies

I really like that so many people switch from PC to Mac. Hopefully that can help us to get even more great applications and more Mac supported peripherals.

Changing to a Mac can be really confusing in the beginning. Some of the old programs you are used to maybe don’t work on Mac and a lot of the smaller things like how you quit a program and such are a little different.

A good example is how to take a screenshot. As you might know, there is no designated button for taking a screenshot. Instead it’s a combination of 3 or more buttons you need to push at once. But what are the different buttons on the Mac and how do the keyboard symbols look like.  I will try to give a short explanation of the keyboard buttons and the functions.

Keyboard buttons

Command

cmd

Alt Option

alt

Control

ctrl

Shift

shift

Esc

esc

Tab

tab

Fn

fn

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2 comments

  1. Howard

    Hello.

    Could you please tell me more about how these buttons are different from each other?

  2. Panama

    Yesterday, i wanted to do a print screen in Mac OS X but there is not print screen button in Mac keyboard :p This is the first time i use Mac machine. So i ask one of my friend to teach me how to do screen capture in Mac OS X.

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