In article <20030720092141744-0700news.la.sbcglobal.net>,
matt neuburg <matttidbits.com> wrote:
I don't know if thgis still works in Mac OS X but you can also use> In <0001HW.BB402B7900292711F0284600news-server.tampabay.rr.com> J
> wrote:>> > OK, I'm a really new at the mac, and I'm a little confused about
> > starting applications. Since I'm using a powerbook, I try to use the
> > keyboard as much as possible.
> > Example: using Finder, I can navigate to the icon of the application
> > I want to run. Once the icon is selected, I can't figure out how to
> > start the application using the keyboard. I know that I can use the
> > mouse and double click the icon. But how can I do that with the
> > keyboard.
> > Every time I hit Enter, it just starts to rename the file. How I can
> > start the application using the keyboard.
> Type Command-O. Command is the cloverleaf or "splat" key next to the
> space bar. Hold that and type O (for Open). This opens the file.
Command down-arrow to open a file, folder or application. Look in the
Help system for more keyboard shortcuts (I don't think that one is
Unless you had a way to set it in the Finder preferences, I think you'd> Your question is not a stupid one. On the contrary, in my view you are
> just the sort of user Apple should be listening to. Personally, I have
> been using Macs for a dozen years and I too still expect the file to
> open on Enter. Clearly we have a common intuition about this, and that
> intuition is something that the Apple folks ought to be paying attention
> to. m.
off a lot of long time Mac users if you made Return the open file
key. I know that would drive me nuts if I kept launching applications
when I was trying to rename a file.
And I wouldn't call it intuition. Command-O (O for open) is more
intuitive it's just that it's two keys to hit instead of one. But maybe
you're thing of teh Return key as the default "action" key, which it is
in many cases.
But then I've never been a much of a "keyboard" guy. It seems easier to
open a file by just double-clicking on it rather than navigate around
with the keyboard. I've tried it from time to time but always end up
going back to mainly using the mouse.
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