SSMT #108: Mac Deletion Demystified: Tips and Tricks for Effortless Deleting

SSMT #108: Mac Deletion Demystified: Tips and Tricks for Effortless Deleting

By Tom Lambotte | June 8, 2023

Are you ready for another round of Stupid Simple Mac Tips? This month, we’re tackling the topic of deletion.

Mac Deletion Demystified Tips and Tricks for Effortless Deleting

Now, if you’re new to the Mac world, you might find some of the User Interface design quirks a bit odd. But fear not, dear reader, for there is always a method to the madness. And today, we’re here to unveil the secrets of the mysterious Mac delete key.

Unlike the typical PC setup of a backspace key and a separate delete key, the standard Mac keyboard only has the delete key. But wait, it gets weirder. The Mac delete key functions just like the Windows delete key, deleting the previous character.

But hold on, it gets even better. If you want to forward delete using the delete key, all you need to do is press the “fn” key at the same time. Voila! One key, two functions. It’s like having a superpower for deleting things.

And as if that wasn’t enough, we’ve got two bonus tips for you to take your Mac deletion game to the next level. Want to delete the entire previous word? Just press Option + Delete. And if you’re feeling extra fancy, try Command + Delete to delete the entire preceding line.

But before you go on a deleting spree, remember to keep the trusty Cmd + Z shortcut in mind for those inevitable oopsie.

So there you have it, folks. Deletion on a Mac made it stupidly simple and even a little bit fun. Happy deleting!

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  • June 8, 2023

About the Author

Tom Lambotte is a legal technology expert, author and the CEO of GlobalMac IT. He helps Mac-using lawyers with super simple technology, security and efficiency strategies that work. He’s on a mission to help attorneys using Apple computers reduce their security risk and get more out of their technology. Get his free 33 Stupid Simple Mac Tips and score some quick wins to boost your productivity.