Usefull Apple Shortcuts Nr. 6 – The @ sign on a Windows VM under Parallels

Again a different behavior for typing an at (@) sign when you are using a Windows (Win7) VM under Parallels Desktop on your mac. I had my problems typing my first email addresses 😉

Ctrl + ⌥ + q

(means: Ctrl + alt + q)

Usefull Apple Shortcuts Nr. 5 – Parallels and Windows Ctrl + Alt + Del

If you have to have a windows vm on board of your mac using parallels desktop and you have to have a user logon on startup of the machine let’s say because of your companies security settings you might have run into this problem earlier. Windows unlock screen request to ctrl+alt+del for login from you which does not work out of the box with your apple keyboard. In parallels you have 2 possibilities:

A) go out of full screen mode of your vm and select the keyboard icon at the bottom of the vm status bar and the keyboard shortcut menu will come up where you can select ctr+alt+del for login (see image).

parallels_key_shortcuts

 

or

B) you can use the short method by simply pressing the following keys on your keyboard:

Ctrl + ⌥ + fn + ⌫

(means: Ctrl + alt + fn + backspace)

this works because the fn key changes the functionality of  the backspace key to a delete key.

Usefull Apple Shortcuts Nr. 3 – New Line in Excel Cell Office 4 Mac

Sometimes you want to have one or more new lines within an excel cell without formatting the automatic newline of the cell on resize. In Windows this is accomplished by going into the cell to edit the text inside and press alt+return. On the mac to get the same result press

⌥ ⌘ ↩ (in words: alt + command + return)

Enable Restart X server (Ctrl-Alt-BackSpace) in Ubuntu 11.04 Natty Narwhal

If you have the problem that your ctrl-alt-backspace combination does not work and you have to restart the x-server see this blog entry here for the solution or simply go to System –> Preferences –> Keyboard –> Tab „Layouts“ –> Button „Options“ –> open „Key sequence to kill the X-Server“ and enable the checkbox. Done.