More MacOS Fails: International Keyboard Tilde
How I learned to re-map keys in MacOS with Karabiner
The Son Of A Tilde
For many MacOS users, keyboard shortcuts make or break the experience. I’m personally not too crazy about them, but there are a few that I use regularly:
- Cmd+Tab to switch between applications
- Cmd+Tilde (~) to switch between windows of the same single application
- Cmd+Space to access apps (mostly just the Activity Monitor)
- Cmd+Shift+4 to take screenshots
- Ctrl+Option+Space to switch between input languages
Of those, I find the first two absolutely fundamental to my MacOS experience. I simply can’t function without them.
Other People’s MacBooks
Scorecard: From Windows To MacOS And Back Again
The Goods, the Bads, and the Uglies
I have a complicated history with MacBooks, but all of my MacBooks until now had one thing in common: a keyboard with the tilde (~) on the top left, right below the escape key. Just like most other keyboards.
Last year, I was given a work computer with a non-standard keyboard layout; instead of the tilde character, it’s got this funny doohickey: §
It’s apparently called a “silcrow”, or a “section sign”, but I have to question the wisdom behind a decision to replace a frequently-used, well-established and — above all — accessible key with something that I’ve never seen used by an actual human being before. Anywhere. Ever.
And where did the tilde go? It moved here: