Delete Key on Mac – All You Need To Know

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The delete key on Mac has been a source of confusion for many users. Apple computers have always been designed with ease of use as a priority, and the delete key is no exception. So what does the delete key actually do on Mac?

When using most applications, pressing the delete key will remove the character to the riht of the cursor. It works just like pressing backspace would on a Windows PC. When using text editors, such as TextEdit or Word, pressing the delete key will remove any highlighted text and then insert a space in its place.

The delete key can also be used in conjunction with other keys to perform specific tasks in some applications. For example, pressing shift+delete when typing in Finder will move any selected files and folders to the trash instead of deleting them permanently. Similarly, pressing command+delete will bring up a dialog box asking you if you want to move your selected item(s) to the trash or permanently delete them from your computer.

However, it should be noted that deleting something does not mean it is gone forever. It can often be recovered from either your Trash folder or by using third-party recovery software. So make sure you are certain before hitting that delete button!

Overall, understanding how your Mac’s delete key works can help you become more efficient and productive while usig your computer.

Holding the Delete Key on a Mac

Holding down the delete key on a Mac is simple. First, you will need to locate the delete key on your Mac keyboard. It is typically next to the “return” key and looks like a back arrow. Once you have located it, press and hold it down. This will allow you to delete characters one at a time in the same direction as you type. Additionally, if you hold down the option key while pressing the delete key, it will enable you to delete a word at each press (except for punctuation).

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Lack of a Delete Key on Mac Computers

The answer to this question lies in the design of Mac laptops. Apple decided to omit the Delete key from their keyboards in order to make their laptops smaller and sleeker. It was also done because the Delete key is used less frequently than its counterpart, the Backspace key, which serves a similar purpose. The Backspace key removes characters to the left of the cursor while the Delete key removes characters to the right of the cursor; since most users type left-to-right, they tend to use Backspace more often than Delete.

Shortcut Key to Delete

The shortcut key to delete is Backspace. To delete the next character, you can press Delete. To delete the next word, you can use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+Delete or Ctrl+Backspace.

Improving the Speed of the Delete Button on Mac

In order to make the delete button faster on a Mac, you’ll need to adjust the “Key Repeat” setting found in System Preferences > Keyboard. Here, you can set how quickly the delete key will delete characters when held down. You can also adjust the delay before it starts repeating (the default is 15). Once you’ve adjusted these settings, be sure to test it out in an application like Word to make sure it’s working as expected.

Deleting Documents on a Mac

To delete documents on a Mac, first locate the document you would like to delete. You can do this by opening the Finder window and navigating to the folder containing the document. Once you have located the document, select it, then press Command-Delete on your keyboard. This will move the document to your Trash folder, which can be accessed from the Dock. To permanently delete a document, right-click on the Trash icon in your Dock and select ‘Empty Trash’. The deleted documents will be permanently removed from your Mac.

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Does the Macbook Air Have a Delete Button?

Yes, there is a delete button on a Macbook Air. The delete button is located in the top right corner of the keyboard, to the left of the ‘Help’ key. It looks like a backspace key, but functions differently than a Windows keyboard’s backspace key. Instead of deleting the character to the left of the cursor, the delete button on Mac keyboards will delete the character to the right of it. This behavior can be changed in System Preferences by changing ‘Move focus to the next window’ from ‘Control-Tab’ to ‘Option-Delete’.

Deleting Without Backspace

If you want to delete characters without using the backspace key, you can use the function (fn) key in combination with the delete key. This will allow you to delete characters from left to right. Alternatively, you can also use the control (?) + D shortcut to delete forward.

Deleting Files

To delete files on an Android device, open the Files app and select the Downloads category. Tap and hold the files you want to delete to select them. Then, tap the Trash icon. Android will then ask if you’re sure you want to delete the selected files. Confirm that you do, and they will be deleted permanently.

You can also use the Files app to delete unwanted images, videos, audio, and any other type of file. To do this, open the Files app and navigate to where your file is located. Tap and hold it util it is highlighted, then tap the Trash icon. Again, Android will ask if you are sure you want to delete it – confirm that you do, and your file will be gone for good!

Deleting Files on a Macbook Air

To delete an item on a Macbook Air, you can drag it to the Bin in the Dock, or select it and press Command-Delete. If the item is locked, you will be prompted to confirm that you want to move it to the Trash. Once you click ‘Continue’, the item will be deleted.


The delete key on Mac is a convenient and easy-to-use tool for removing unwanted items from your computer. It can be used to delete a single letter, an entire word, or an entire file. This key is located on the keyboard of your Mac and can be identified by looking for the “delete” inscription. When you press the delete key, it will erase the item permanently and cannot be recovered. For added security, it is important to remember to empty the trash befoe deleting any items with the delete key. With this helpful tool, users can quickly and easily remove unwanted items from their Mac computer with ease.

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Sanjeev Singh

Sanjeev is the tech editor at DeviceMAG. He has a keen interest in all things technology, and loves to write about the latest developments in the industry. He has a passion for quality-focused journalism and believes in using technology to make people's lives better. He has worked in the tech industry for over 15 years, and has written for some of the biggest tech blogs in the world. Sanjeev is also an avid photographer and loves spending time with his family.