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Tuesday, August 21, 2007

A quicker page down and page up!

A great tip submitted by Kev: A quicker page down and page up! This is especially faster on portables and the new wireless iMac keyboard where you have to press "Function - down arrow" or "Function - up arrow" as a page down/page up. It works in a lot of applications, as long as you are not currently in a text box (it doesn't work in Pages for that reason). I tried it in Mail, Safari, Firefox and Camino and it was all fine. To go down, you can simply hit "Space Bar" and you can go up with "Shift - Space Bar". It works very well and it is, nearly all the time, so much faster. I actually use it on my full size keyboard. Thanks for the tip Kev!

39 Comments:

Blogger C├íssio said...

I love your site...

XD

August 20, 2007 at 9:20 PM  
Blogger mike said...

"home & "end" keys do it also with no need for additional function key...

August 20, 2007 at 9:34 PM  
Blogger Michel said...

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August 20, 2007 at 10:30 PM  
Blogger Michel said...

sometimes your simply amazing! Thanks!!

August 20, 2007 at 10:30 PM  
Blogger Michel said...

sometimes your simply amazing! Thanks!!

August 20, 2007 at 10:30 PM  
Blogger Breno said...

"Command + down arrow" goes to the end of the document, while "command + up arrow" goes to the begining.

August 20, 2007 at 10:42 PM  
Blogger Dominic P. Tremblay said...

This tip is so useful. I love this site.

August 20, 2007 at 11:52 PM  
Blogger deakin said...

hey mike, home and end keys only go to the top and the bottom page, not the same as space and shift + space, man~

August 21, 2007 at 1:04 AM  
Blogger Wells said...

Not to mention the macbook pros (and probably others) don't have a home/end key.

Great tip.

August 21, 2007 at 3:22 AM  
Blogger Chris said...

Best comment ever :) I absolutely love your site, and look forward to the tips every single day - you have been a godsend for a windows convert!

August 21, 2007 at 6:31 AM  
Blogger Dennis Anderson said...

Thank you, thank you, thank you. Page up and down have been so klunky and frustrating on my 4-year-old iBook.
I love you.

August 21, 2007 at 5:39 PM  
Blogger Mike said...

try command page up to go to top of entry,
or command (apple) to go to bottom of entry.

mike

August 21, 2007 at 6:41 PM  
Blogger Jessings said...

cool.. i like it.

Today i figured out somethin' pretty neat. Ever try resizing the finder window only to find that the next time you open it, it opens up as its default size?

Try holding down the 'apple' button while you click to resize :) This also works for moving the window... I like it.

(I have a weird obsession with how my windows are positioned)

August 21, 2007 at 7:35 PM  
Blogger BJM said...

Jessings' tip of "Try holding down the 'apple' button while you click to resize" is a really good one! It worked in these applications: Quark, Photoshop, TextEdit, iTunes, iPhoto but not in Mail. Very odd! Maybe there is a box to untick/tick?

August 22, 2007 at 3:40 AM  
Blogger salvatori_m said...

Great!!! thanks

August 22, 2007 at 2:57 PM  
Blogger Dharmesh Mokani said...

It is not working for me on Firefox. How can I activate it?

August 23, 2007 at 7:05 AM  
Blogger Turas said...

Great tip...this will relieve som stress for sure!

August 23, 2007 at 9:27 AM  
Blogger Turas said...

The Finder window tip is the best ever!

August 23, 2007 at 9:28 AM  
Blogger PuroTicoRico said...

OH MY thank you sooo much for telling me how to page down. I was doing something else that took fooooorreeeeever! ;)

October 14, 2008 at 8:31 PM  
Blogger Chandramohan BG said...

Awesome tip

December 6, 2009 at 7:03 PM  
Blogger i am leg end said...

2 years later your tip is still helping windows converts! Thank you!

December 17, 2009 at 6:01 PM  
Blogger Rajesh said...

Love the tip... thanks...

April 24, 2010 at 8:22 AM  
Blogger Jules said...

thanks.. I programmed this in on my logitech airmouse on my mac.

May 20, 2010 at 2:46 PM  
Blogger GenieB said...

Nice Tips!! I like it

September 11, 2010 at 4:26 AM  
Blogger y said...

Thank you!

March 3, 2011 at 5:40 PM  
Blogger Chen said...

This post made me subscriber of this blog

March 10, 2011 at 7:02 PM  
Blogger heidi hough said...

so i have a new challenge for everyone: what if you're playing itunes on your mac while simultaneously trying to scroll down on another program? When you hit space it pauses the song, instead of scrolling down ...

June 3, 2011 at 12:46 PM  
Blogger Sweet Texas Phil said...

use fn+down arrow to page down. you can also use control+down arrow. (use up arrow for reverse on both). if you are inside a text box in a page (such as this one), you can't page down with space or page up with shift+space anyway... you HAVE to use either function or control key plus arrow key. again, command/apple key+arrow key jumps to top/ bottom of the page. hope this helps!
-phil

July 27, 2011 at 4:07 PM  
Blogger vivek said...

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August 24, 2011 at 12:59 AM  
Blogger vivek said...

If you are using windows remote desktop from a mac machine then fn+ctrl+down moves to the right tab and fn+ctrl+up moves to the left tab in both firefox and chrome.

May not pertain to this particular tip but I though this was useful as I had spent some time looking for this but in the end discovered it accidentally.

August 24, 2011 at 1:00 AM  
Blogger Daniela said...

The space bar tip is awesome. Can't believe I could use the computer without it! You have a new fan, 4 years after your post.

September 2, 2011 at 7:28 PM  
Blogger Aries Parker said...

Thanks man I was like WTF how do I page up/down. BIG THANKS!

January 20, 2012 at 2:59 AM  
Blogger Aries Parker said...

Thanks man I was like WTF how do I page up/down. BIG THANKS!

January 20, 2012 at 3:00 AM  
Blogger Aries Parker said...

Thanks man I was like WTF how do I page up/down. BIG THANKS!

January 20, 2012 at 3:00 AM  
Blogger Max said...

Thanks

January 27, 2012 at 9:38 AM  
Blogger olan said...

There is no Home key or End key on the Macbook Pro keyboard. However, you can still execute the equivalent commands. For the Home command, press down the Fn + Left Arrow keystroke combination. For the End command, press the Fn + Right Arrow keyboard combination.

If you are using Microsoft Word, using the Command + Fn + Left Arrow to move to the beginning of the document and the Command + Fn + Right Arrow to move to the end.

March 24, 2012 at 11:43 AM  
Blogger Naveen C N said...

To better acces any page, enable two finger touch in touch pad preferances. It will give you better control over moving dpwn or up in any page, i mean everywhere..

September 7, 2012 at 4:43 AM  
Blogger Ravi said...

Thanks you so much.. it helped me.. I just migrated from Windows to Mac..

October 25, 2012 at 9:56 AM  
Blogger Katie Mansfield said...

Thank you so much. It was driving me crazy.

February 22, 2013 at 9:41 PM  

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