We've got some handy shortcuts that help you out when you're working on documents on the MacBook family of computers or using any smaller Mac keyboard that lacks the numeric keypad.
I have a problem with the way the Up and Down arrow keys work on my MacBook Air: Whenever I hold down Command + Up/Down arrows, the page jumps to either the very top of the document or the very bottom. Is there a way to change this so that the Up/Down arrow keys move the document in single-page increments?
If you're used to a Windows computer, then move to a MacBook and try using the page up/down command, then the way the Mac handles this may be a bit jolting to you. Fortunately, there is a way to do exactly what you need, and it involves the mysterious and oft-unutilized fn key on the lower-left of the keyboard.
Here are the common arrow-key shortcuts that can be used while editing documents on the Mac (plus another fn-related shortcut for good measure). Most Mac software, including Pages and Word, supports these commands:
- fn + Up arrow = page up
- fn + Down arrow = page down
- fn + Left arrow = home (beginning of document)
- fn + Right arrow = end of document
- fn + Delete = forward delete
Hopefully these shortcuts help you to better use office software on your Mac!