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August, 2009:

Useful timesavers when using XP on a Boot Camped Mac

I'm using a MacBook Pro at work with Windows XP via Boot Camp - however, I was hampered by the lack of some key keys (pardon the pun) - no delete key! How do I Ctrl-Alt-Del? Argh! After some careful searching, I came across a great page listing most, if not all, of the various shortcut key combos you might need when using Windows on a Mac... Kudos to EveryMac for the list.

Also, a handful of quick tips which I found useful when I was first beginning to learn the ways of the Fruit:

  • If you want to eject your CD/DVD from your Mac's drive without booting into an OS, just press and hold the left mousekey when booting up.
  • If you want to display the boot selection screen (to choose between OSX, Windows or an external drive / Install DVD) press and hold Alt during boot until the menu's displayed.
  • If you want to change your default OS for dualbooting, use the Boot Camp Assistant applet (found in the Control Panel in Windows, and similarly in the OSX Options). In Windows, you can also quickly reboot into OSX by clicking on the Assistant system tray and choosing "reboot into Mac OS X".

Next, something I found VERY useful: you can change your keyboard layout back to the regular Windows layout!

Lots more info after the jump...