Developer Home & End keys fix for Mac OS X

Published on Author Tomas StibranyLeave a comment

If you are a developer and you switched from a Windows PC to Mac, you could have
found out  that Home and End keys doesn’t quite do what you’re used to from a Windows
machine.

On a Mac, when you press Home or End key your cursor will move to the beginning or end
of a document respectively. And when you combine this with the Shift key, you will highlight
everything to the beginning or end of a document.

It’s irritating to say the least.

Hopefully we have 2 options to fix this:

1)  Fix key bindings system wide (This works for native Cocoa apps only,  not X11 programs.)

As shown in this tutorial by Matthew Holt.

http://mwholt.blogspot.sk/2012/09/fix-home-and-end-keys-on-mac-os-x.html

2) Fix key bindings in your code editor (e.g. Eclipse) 

Go to Preferences -> General -> Keys

Here, you want to modify these bindings:

  • Line Start
  • Select Line Start
  • Line End
  • Select Line End

And check these as well to see if they don’t collide:

Text Start, Text End, Select Text Start, Select Text End

Apply and you should be Ok.

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