Okay, so: Apple's PowerPC notebooks -- and the 2006 through late 2007 models of their Intel ones -- have this fucking ridiculous "enter" key right beside the arrow keys. So far, I have found exactly one use case for it: if you press it while a track is highlighted in iTunes, you can rename the track without having to wait half a second between clicks. Honestly, that is all that the damn thing does
-- the rest of the time, it's just a gratuitous extra return key. I think it's supposed to be there as a complement to the hidden embedded 10-key numerical pad that no one uses.
As of the late-late 2007/early 2008 MacBook models, Apple has acknowledged that the enter key is stupid and that it should obviously be an option key
. (Presumably a consequence of recognizing that no one used that numeric keypad
, either.) In the meantime, a whole pile of solutions for reassigning that key have sprung up.
Anyway, since getting my first iBook I've gone through three of said solutions, and I'm on my fourth one today. If you, too, have been left hanging on account of fkeys
not being updated for 10.5 yet and DoubleCommand
malfunctioning horribly after the recent MacBook keyboard update, this PSA is for you:
Go download KeyRemap4MacBook
and follow the instructions. It's no DoubleCommand, but it totally works.
PS, Leopard is mostly sweet. I'm still shaking out wrinkles and system updates, but I like it.