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Mac OS X Leopard: The Missing Manual by David Pogue

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Appendix E. The Master Mac OS X Secret Keystroke List

Here it is, by popular, frustrated demand: The master list of every secret (or not-so-secret) keystroke in Mac OS X Leopard, including all of the keys you can press during startup. Clip and post to your monitor (unless, of course, you got this book from the library).

Note

You can find another huge list of keystrokes in the discussion of VoiceOver, Leopard's screen-control feature, on The VoiceOver Master Keyboard List. For the most part, the following list doesn't include the keystrokes that are already listed in your menus, either—like ⌘-P for Print, ⌘-S for Save, and so on.

Table E-1. Startup Keystrokes

Keys to Hold Down

Effect

C

Starts up from a CD

D

Starts up from the first partition

N

Starts up from network server

R

Resets the laptop screen

T

Puts the Mac into FireWire Target Disk mode

X

Starts up in Mac OS X (if 9 is on the same disk)

Option

Shows icons of all startup disks and partitions, so you can choose one for starting up.

Shift-Option-⌘-Delete

Starts up from external drive (or CD)

Option-⌘-P-R

Zaps the parameter RAM (PRAM). (Hold down until you hear the second chime.)

Option-⌘-O-F

Brings up Open Firmware screen (pre-Intel Macs).

⌘-V

Shows Unix console messages during startup, logout, and shutdown

⌘-S

Starts up in single-user (Unix command-line) mode

Mouse down

Ejects a stuck CD or DVD

Shift

Just after powering up: Turns off kernel extensions (Kernel Panic)

Shift

Just after logging in: Prevents ...

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