Macbook Pro, the missing keys

After purchasing the Macbook Pro on July, 2010 I noticed that some keys that I use most frequently, are missing on the keyboard. After passing more than 1 month, I also noticed my coding speed drastically reduced due to missing of those keys. So, I started Goolaptop keyboardgling for help. Though I did not like the solutions but still better than unavailability. The reason of my dislike is the combination of multiple keys! Here, I write how to perform some tasks whose keys are missing.

Home/End of Line
These two keys are used very frequently during programming. We can go home / end of the line using the following combination:

Home: Apple key ⌘ + Right Arrow or Fn key + Right Arrow key
End: Apple key ⌘ + Left Arrow or Fn key + Left Arrow key

However, I found combination for home do not work on Firefox. It gets me to back page when press those keys! frustrating 🙁

Page Up / Down
Page Up: Fn key + Up Arrow key
Page Down: Fn key + Down Arrow key

Top of page: Apple key ⌘ + Up Arrow key
Bottom of page: Apple key ⌘ + Down Arrow key

Delete Key?
Well, there is a delete key on the Macbook Pro. However, unlike normal keyboards, it strips single character on the left. There are no button to strip on right. But again, multi key combination enables us to do it.

Strip right: Apple key ⌘ + Delete key

I did not find this too working on Firefox 🙁

Print Screen
As I run a tutorial site, I also need it frequently. Until discovering these keys, I was using Preview application to take screenshots.

Capturing whole screen: Apple key ⌘ + Shift key + 3

Capturing a window: Apple key ⌘ + Shift key + 4. After pressing these 3 keys, your mouse pointer will be changed to + (plus). Press the spacebar once! Your mouse pointer will be changed to a camera. Now click the window you want to capture!

Capturing a selected portion: Apple key ⌘ + Shift key + 4. Now your mouse pointer will be changed to + (plus) sign. You can now define the portion by clicking, hold and dragging the mouse at expected area.

I will share if I find other shortcuts! However, please share if you know something!

  • Nah…Macbook isn’t that good what I thought…

    Windows 7 & Linux Mint is the best…

  • awesome!

    thanks for posting this, got a Mac Book Pro last week and it has been most frustrating having to use the mouse (or hold down arrow keys) to navigate where previously I could use home/end/delete.

    though as you say the multiple key presses is really crap…. there is plenty of space for these keys on a 15″ and even more on a 17″.

    I really like the feel of the keys though still getting used to the wide spacing – use a G11 on my windows desktop the key are right next to each other…


  • The HungryCoder

    Hi Nicholas,
    I expect Mac OS won’t be frustrating for you as it was for me. Yes, there are enough spaces in the body to cover those keys. They did not give, because they did not want. Most probably they don’t care what people expects.

    However, please update me about the batter performance of your Macbook Pro. I heard from several sources that Pro’s battery life is poorer than its predecessor.

  • Alicia Cole

    My delete button on my Mac book Pro had came off. All I do is push the button. I called to report it and a Rashino Rankon from Kentucky, who works for Apple was a complete smart ass. He made me wait forever to tell me the network was down and he couldnt place my order. He made me constantly repeat my self.

  • I’ve had my 17 inch Macbook Pro for about 3 months now. While I’ve had some minor issues with it, overall it’s been great. I love how the keyword lights up so I can see at night. I’d recommend it to anyone who does design work.

  • The macbook pro is great. I’ve had only a minor issue with the battery so far, but something that Apple quickly fixed. Overall, it’s a great laptop.

  • Dmitry

    But the touchpad detects double, triple and quadruple touches and swipes and in future maybe even a wiggle of your ass. In an even more distant future Mr. Jobs might have a brainstorming idea going off like a flash bulb in his head: What if we put dedicated PgUp,PgDn,Home,End,Backspace on a Mac notebook and even make the arrow keys, which are used more often than any others , the same size as other keys cos there is heaps of space ????!!!!!!!