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A handy little trick that I wasn't aware of until today is that if you press control+F3 you select an item on the dock (the finder as default). You can then go along the dock by pressing the arrow keys. This of course means that you can effectivly with the combined use of ctrl+F2 just throw out your mouse. :lol:

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Sweet!

Nice find.

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nice find - the mac os never fails to amaze me ;D

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Hmm... that trick doesn't seem to work with my powerbook. F3 is the mute button and that is all the combination does....

 

:twisted:

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Hmm... that trick doesn't seem to work with my powerbook. F3 is the mute button and that is all the combination does....

 

:twisted:

Try pressing the function key while you press the other keys.

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Thanks cfsporn - that works! awesome tip

Your welcome. I think it works on all laptops.

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I press FN and f2 at the same time but nothing happens, I am a total n00b at keyboards.

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if you're on a powerbook, hold the fn key (to the left of ctrl) which pushing the ctrl + F# buttons.

 

(fn)ctrl + F2 = scroll through left menu bar

ctrl + F3 = scroll through dock. picks up from last loaded app when done repeatedly. ie. scroll to iTunes, press enter, iTunes appears, press the F3 combo again and iTunes will be selected again.

ctrl + F8 = scroll through right side menu bar. not including extra apps. eg. adium.

ctrl + F9 = if anyone can tell me what this is, that would be good. on my powerbook it brings down a little transparent search box. down the bottom it says, "brought to you by 'Easy Batch Photo'.

 

thats all of them.

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You can even sort your Dock items via keyboard. Press Ctrl-F3 then hold down the option key and use the left and the right arrow to move the selected item through the Dock.

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Pretty cool, my friend already 98% of the time does not use a mouse. Now he can do so 100%!!!

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Even using the function keys and the fn key on my iBook-- they work to make the f1-12 keys work fine in other programs and even (usually) the Finder etc, they do not do anything. CTRL+FN+F3 does nothing at all.

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In the keyboard preference pane you can have F1-F12 control the usual functions.

Thus you can do those shortcuts on a notebook just as well as any other mac. At least I think (I only have an iBook).

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thats a big geek. i have had problems with table switching in system prefs.

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You can use your mouse/trackpad for that. 8) 8) 8)

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