Sunday, 16 December 2007

Mac OSX, Bootcamp and a Missing Hash Key

I bought a Mac Book Pro about 8 months ago as my main business Laptop. Coupled with a copy of Parallels, I built my Oracle Server (Database and Apps Server) on a Windows VM environment which left Mac OSX free for Development using SQL Developer, Dreamweaver etc

A couple of weeks back I decided to upgrade to OSX Leopard and install windows natively using Bootcamp to utilise both core's on the CPU and all 3 Gig of memory. All well and good until i tried to use the Hask key (Alt + 3 in OSX) when working on some APEX templates. After much research on the web, it appears that most OSX key mappings are installed when using bootcamp but in order to print the hash (#) symbol, you must use Ctrl + Alt + 3

Simple when you know how

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the tip, you re-found my lost hash key :-)

urf said...

Thanks, Duncan. You've just saved me having to work on CSS files with the character map open!

Anonymous said...

Single most annoying feature of a macbook pro - the hash key (or lack of).

I tried every combination except ctrl+alt, I think because ctrl+3 switched space initially. Usually it's just alt+3 - so it was pretty confusing! ;)

Thanks.

Chris said...

Thanks Duncan, take it from a CSS coder, you're a life saver :p

Anonymous said...

If using expose and spaces check that your switch between windows is NOT set to use alt+numeric otherwise the key combination for producing a hash will just change windows ;-)

Dana said...

thankyou for helping me find #, bash scripting is suddenly possible

deworde said...

This keyboard setup does seem to hate the # key, doesn't it. Cheers!

deworde said...

This keyboard setup does seem to hate the # key, doesn't it. Cheers!

Ben Taylor said...

Thanks, works great. However either Apple or Microsoft didn't think because Ctrl+Alt+3 changes text formatting in Office 2010.

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