Changing Macintosh OSX Key Mapping

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February 28, 2015 | Posted in Mac

I’ve been putting up with the home and end buttons not jumping to the start and end of lines for a while now, and thought there must be a way to map those keys to what I want them to do. I managed to find a ncie little app called Karabiner which supports Yosemite, the link is below.

Once you give the app permissions in Accessibility, you can go ahead and remap any key you like. For me, the options were under “For PC Users” and then tick option “Use PC Style Home/End”. Finally, it works as I want it to!

https://pqrs.org/osx/karabiner/

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Where’s the hash key on a Mac?

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October 3, 2013 | Posted in Mac

You’ll have noticed that the # character is missing on the Macbook Pro (mine is mid 2012).

Yes it’s not on the keyboard mapping which is a bit weird and frustrating, anyway you can simply press ALT+3 to get the required character.

If like me you are running Windows in Parallels Desktop 8 for Mac, the key combination is CTRL+ALT+3.

Voila.

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Exchanging Data Between Different Parallels Desktop For Mac Virtual Machines

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October 3, 2013 | Posted in Mac

Parallels Explorer multiwindow mode makes it easy to manage the contents of different virtual machines. Now, you can copy data from one virtual machine to another by simply dragging it. Since Parallels Explorer supports not only Parallels file formats, you can also exchange data between Parallels virtual machines and third-party virtual machines.

Note: If you copy files to a Windows virtual machine using Parallels Explorer or Parallels Mounter, you need to log in to Windows as an administrator to be able to open them inside the virtual machine.

To copy a file from a third-party virtual machine to a Parallels virtual machine

  1. Open Parallels Explorer.
  2. Click the Virtual Machines icon in the sidebar.
  3. Choose the third-party virtual machine where the file will be placed in the working area. The list of volumes used by the virtual machine appears.
  4. Choose the volume where the file is stored.
  5. Choose Open New Window from the File menu. One more Parallels Explorer window opens.
  6. In the working area, choose the Parallels virtual machine that will store the file. The list of volumes used by the virtual machine appears.
  7. Choose the volume where the copied file will be placed.
  8. Open the destination folder.
  9. To copy the file, drag it from the third-party virtual machine window to the Parallels virtual machine window.

To copy a file from one Parallels virtual machine to another Parallels virtual machine

  1. Open Parallels Explorer.
  2. Click the Virtual Machines icon in the side bar.
  3. In the working area, choose the virtual machine (for example, Windows XP) that stores the file. The list of volumes used by the virtual machine appears.
  4. Choose the volume where the file is stored.
  5. Choose Open New Window from the File menu.
  6. In a new Parallels Explorer window, click the Virtual Machines icon in the sidebar.
  7. Choose the virtual machine where the file will be placed (for example, Windows 98) in the working area. The list of volumes used by the virtual machine appears.
  8. Choose the volume where the copied file will be placed.
  9. Open the destination folder.
  10. To copy the file, drag it from the Windows XP virtual machine window to the Windows 98 virtual machine window.

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