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Home key on Mac explained

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Mac keyboards have a simplified layout compared to their PC counterparts, leading some newcomers to the Mac platform to wonder about the absence of dedicated keys like Home and End.

However, Apple emphasizes a simplified and clutter-free design, which omits certain extraneous keys. Mac users, instead, rely on convenient keyboard shortcuts to achieve the same functionalities.

As a Mac user, you should not worry, as there are keyboard shortcuts that offer the same functionalities.

In this article, we’ll delve into the details to understand more about the Home key on Mac. We will also understand the equivalents and shortcuts for navigation on Mac.

Understanding the Home key

The Home key on a Windows PC is commonly used to return the cursor to the beginning of the current line in a document.

Usually, the Home key is located on the left side of the keyboard among the other navigation keys, such as Delete, End, Insert, Page Up, and Page Down.

However, on a Macbook keyboard, you won’t find the Home key. It can be frustrating as the Home key is important, especially when writing a document.

But don’t worry; you can perform the same Home key functions by following a different set of key combinations on a Mac.

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Home key equivalents on a Mac

You can use the shortcut Fn+Left Arrow to immediately move the cursor to the top of a page in the active application.

There is one more shortcut that we use in Windows: Control+Home key. This shortcut moves the cursor to the beginning of a Windows Microsoft Word document or Excel sheet. To do this on Mac, use the shortcut Command+Fn+Left Arrow.

Similarly, press Command+Fn+Right Arrow to jump to the end of an open document or webpage, regardless of the length. This is akin to the End key on Windows.

We hope you understand the Home key equivalents on a Mac and will have no trouble navigating the pages or documents.

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Kumar Hemant

Kumar Hemant

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