Quick Tip: Another Way to Delete

It’s been a slow news day (for me at least), so today I’m going to tell you all about a shortcut for the delete key for Mac OS X.

Note: This is only helpful if you’re on Mac OS X and do not have a Ten-key keyboard.

At work I use Linux Mint and have a full-size keyboard with a ten-key. What that means is that I have both the Backspace key and the Delete key, so that if my text cursor is before the character I want to delete I don’t have to move the cursor to the correct position and press delete – I can just press the Delete key and that’ll be the end of it.

The same is not true on my Retina Macbook Pro. But there is a way to mimic the same functionality. Simply hold down the FN key and press delete (FN + delete) and voila, you can remove characters in the opposite direction.

It sounds kind of silly writing about this, but for the longest time I had no idea about this shortcut and it was my most widely used shortcut on my Windows desktop and my work desktop.