How to Remap The Home/End Buttons In Mac

If you are a seasoned Mac user, you will know that you can use the “Cmd + arrow” shortcut keys to move the cursor to the front or end of the line. For Windows and Linux users, you will be more accustomed to the Home/End button to move the cursor. If you have just got yourself a new Mac and was wondering why the Home/End button don’t work, here’s the fix.

1. In your Mac, open a terminal (Applications -> Utilities -> Terminal) and type the following command:

defaults write com.apple.Finder AppleShowAllFiles ON

Next, on your dock, press “Ctrl + Alt + click” on the Finder icon and select the Relaunch option.

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This will reveal the hidden files and folders in Finder.

2. Open the Finder and go to your Home folder. Look for a fade out “Library” folder. Open it and search for a “KeyBindings” folder. If it doesn’t exist, create it.

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Inside the “KeyBindings” folder, check for a file call “DefaultKeyBinding.dict”. If it exists, open it with a text editor. If not, create one in your text editor. Paste the following lines to the end of the file.

{
        "\UF729"  = "moveToBeginningOfLine:";                   /* Home         */
        "\UF72B"  = "moveToEndOfLine:";                         /* End          */
        "$\UF729" = "moveToBeginningOfLineAndModifySelection:"; /* Shift + Home */
        "$\UF72B" = "moveToEndOfLineAndModifySelection:";       /* Shift + End  */
}

Save the file. That’s it. Your Home/End button should be working now.

To turn off the display of hidden files in Finder, in the terminal, type:

defaults write com.apple.Finder AppleShowAllFiles OFF

Relaunch the Finder and all the system files/folders will now be hidden.

Firefox for Mac has a different keyboard configuration and even though you have made the changes above, it won’t be applicable in Firefox. To fix this, the solution is to install the Keyfixer addon. Once installed and without any configuration, your Home/End button will work as normal.

What are the annoyances you face when you switch to Mac?

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