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Grok keymappings for Windows keyboards

Contributed by: Scot Hacker
This tip is valid for: Both BeOS and Haiku

If you have a 104-key Windows keyboard, you may find the documentation in the Be User’s Guide a little off the mark. While most of the mappings are the same as for 101-key keyboards, a few of them are different. Here’s an updated map:


Cross-Platform Keyboard Equivalencies and Functions


Windows PC Key Label (104 keys)


Standard PC Key Label (101 keys)


Macintosh Key Label


BeOS Key Name


BeOS Function


Alt

(either side)


Alt

(either side)


Command

(either side)


Command


Used with other keys as a shortcut to Tracker actions, and to selecting application menu shortcuts directly, but not for pulling down menus. a.k.a. the “trigger” key.


Ctrl

(left)


Ctrl

(left)


Control


Control


Used for emacs-style keybindings in Terminal and BeMail. e.g. Left Control+C stops the running Terminal job and Left Ctrl+E jumps to the end of a line in BeMail.


Ctrl

(right)


Ctrl

(right)


Option


Option


Used to type special characters such as symbols and accented characters in supporting applications. e.g. Right Ctrl+ J in StyledEdit yields the triangular delta symbol: D


Menu key


No equivalent

?

?

Used to pull down application menus. e.g. Edit menus can be accessed with Menu+E. Other keyboards must use Ctrl+Esc to activate the first menu, then arrow keys to navigate.

Left Windows key


Ctrl

(right)


Option


Option

Advanced text navigation in some apps. e.g. Win + left or right arrow moves cursor one word at a time in editors like Eddie and Pe.


Right Windows key


No equivalent

?

Unused.

Enter


Enter


Return

Enter


Used to “commit” a typed entry or to act on a selected file, as a shortcut for clicking on-screen buttons, and opening files. Hitting Enter on a selected item is equivalent to double-clicking it.


Esc


Esc


Esc


Escape

Used as a shortcut to clicking Cancel in many panels, and to dismiss open pulldown menus.


Tab


Tab


Tab


Tab


Used to cycle through multiple fields, e.g. to move between fields in a dialog box or between links on a Web page.


(arrows)


(arrows)


(arrows)


arrows keys


Used to move the cursor in text documents, to scroll through lists and menus, and to move the cursor wherever vertical and/or horizontal
motion is required.


Shift


Shift


Shift


Shift


Used to select text in documents (in conjunction with other navigation keys), and to augment other actions, e.g. to select multiple files
in Tracker.


 



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