Keyboard shortcuts to save time when deleting or moving between texts

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Writing is something that we all do every day to a greater or lesser extent on our computers: addresses in the browser, emails, forums, etc.. Knowing the different shortcuts to save time when deleting or moving between texts is really useful.

To begin with, let’s look at the different ways we can delete text. This can be done on any Mac, whether portable or desktop, and the only detail we have to take into account is that on keyboards that do not have a numeric keypad, the key that deletes is achieved by pressing the fn + delete key.

Delete characters, words or lines

  • Delete deletes character by character to the left of the cursor
  • Delete + fn deletes character by character to the right of the cursor
  • Delete + Alt (option key) deletes the entire word to the left of the cursor
  • Delete + fn + Alt (option key) deletes the entire word to the right of the cursor
  • Delete + Command key deletes the entire line to the left of the cursor

Moving between texts

Keyboard shortcuts to save time when deleting or moving between texts
Keyboard shortcuts to save time when deleting or moving between texts

Just as we can quickly delete words or whole lines to move around, there are also key combinations that speed up movement between parts of a text.

  • Alt (option key) + left or right arrow moves us from word to word
  • Stop (option key) + up or down arrow moves us to the beginning or end of the paragraph
  • Command + left or right arrow key moves us to the beginning or end of the line
  • Command + up or down arrow key places the cursor at the beginning or end of the full text

Obviously, many of you will be familiar with these typical key combinations, but I’m sure some recent switcher or computer novice can take advantage of them.

Update: As some of you have mentioned for making text selections there are the same combinations as for scrolling but also pressing the Shift key.

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