Shortcuts: Typing with the physical keyboard

Depending on the typing input language that you're using, some shortcuts might not be available.

Insert a period (.)

Press the Space key twice. The next letter is capitalized.

Insert an at sign (@) or a period (.) in an email address field

Press the Space key.

Capitalize a letter

Press and hold the letter key until the capitalized letter appears.

Turn on CAPS lock

Press the Alt key and the Right Shift key. To turn off CAPS lock, press the Left or Right Shift key.

Type a symbol

Press the Symbol key. Type the letter that appears below the symbol.

Type the alternate character on a key

Press the Alt key and the character key.

Type an accented or special character

Press and hold the letter key and, on the trackpad, slide your finger left or right. For example, to type ü, press and hold U and slide your finger left until ü appears. Release the letter key when the accented or special character appears.

Type a number in a text field

Press and hold the Alt key and press the number key.

Type a number in a number field

Press a number key. You don't need to press the Alt key.

Turn on NUM lock

Press the Alt key and the Left Shift key. To turn off NUM lock, press the Left or Right Shift key.

Highlight a line of text

Press the Left or Right Shift key and, on the trackpad, slide your finger up or down.

Highlight text character by character

Press the Left or Right Shift key and, on the trackpad, slide your finger left or right.

Cut highlighted text

Press the Left or Right Shift key and the Backspace/Delete key.

Copy highlighted text

Press the Alt key and click the trackpad.

Paste text

Press the Left or Right Shift key and click the trackpad.