Rick Stawarz

Can you power delete?

Rick Stawarz

Assuming that you type a lot, you might like these useful keyboard shortcuts for quickly deleting text. That is, if you make mistakes.

  • The "Delete" key obviously removes the single character behind the cursor. We hopefully discovered this in Typing 101.

  • Option + Delete: deletes a whole word prior to the cursor.

  • Command + Delete: deletes the entire previous line.

  • Function + Delete: Deletes the character in front of your cursor. This can be stacked with the Option key to perform a forward delete of an entire word.

  • And for extra credit, the Arrow keys will also behave according to those shortcuts (eg. Command + Left Arrow moves the cursor to the beginning of the line).

Anyway, the power users among us might find these keyboard shortcuts a bit pedantic, but I was shocked when I did them in the presence of a buddy at the Apple Store, and he thought I was working magic.

I am an Apple Certified Support Professional with over a decade of experience supporting families, schools, and businesses. Tech has always captured my imagination, but it's not my only passion. I'm an ordained Anglican minister;  Aeropress is a daily ritual of mine; I've driven across Mongolia; and I'm the father of three girls. I hope to provide for you a balanced and realistic perspective into the practicality of technology.