Mac ActivInspire Keyboard Shortcuts

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by MARK WEST 11/18/10

Mac Tips

Special Keys

The Mac Command Key

You probably call this the "Apple Key", but it's officially called the Command Key and it is located near your spacebar. It is used on a Mac much like the control key is used on Microsoft Windows®; example: control-c on Windows copies and on a Mac we use command-c; control-v pastes on Windows and command-v pastes on Mac OS.


The Option Key

The Option Key is located near the Command Key and is sometimes called the ALT key. This key can frustrate a Windows user, as it doesn't work as a Windows ALT key does (you'll often use the Command Key on Mac where ALT is used in Windows), such as when tabbing through open applications: on Windows it's ALT-Tab, on a Mac it's Command-Tab.


The Control Key

The Control Key is located near the Command Key and has special funtions on a Mac (see "Right Clicking" below).


Exiting A Bad Program

On Windows, Alt+F4 will quickly terminate a program.

On Mac OS, Command+Q will quickly terminate a program.


The "3-Finger Salute"

On Windows, when a program stops behaving properly, you can press Control+Alt+Delete to invoke the Task Manager to make an application stop.

On Mac OS, you can accomplish the same thing by pressing Command+Option+Escape; this invokes the Force Quit menu and you can make applications stop.


"Right Clicking"

Sometimes you need to right click. On most computers it's easy, as they come with a two-button mouse. On Mac OS, you typically find a single-button mouse.

You can plug a two-button mouse in to a Mac and it will work. The reason is because two-button mice work on Unix and Mac OS is a Unix variant that uses parts from FreeBSD's and NetBSD's implementation of Unix.

You can also "right click" on a Mac with a single button mouse. To do so, you can do either of the following:

  1. Press and hold the Control Key while clicking.
  2. (This one only works if you have a Mac with a touchpad - usually a laptop) place two fingers on the touchpad while clicking.

Mac ActivInspire Keyboard Shortcuts

According to the findings in Robert J. Marzano and Mark W. Haystead 's FINAL research (July 2009), page 41,

"Considered as a set, one might predict relatively large percentile gains in student achievement under the following conditions:
  • A teacher is experienced.
  • A teacher has used Promethean ActivClassroom for an extended period of time.
  • A teacher uses Promethean ActivClassroom extensively in the classroom but not beyond 80% of the time.
  • A teacher has high confidence in his or her ability to use Promethean ActivClassroom"
This is designed to help the instructor become more familiar with ActivInspire which should assist the instructor becoming more confident in the use of Promethean's ActivClassroom, which includes the use of ActivInspire.
Shortcut Which Means Press These Keys Effect
Command + A the command key the A key Select All (everything on the Inspire screen)
Command + B the command key the B key Browsers (reveal them or hide them)
Command + C the command key the C key Copy (that which is selected)
Command + D the command key the D key Duplicate (that which is selected; if a page is selected in the page browser, it duplicates the selected flipchart page)
Command + E the command key the E key Eraser (invoke the eraser tool)
Command + F the command key the F key Fill (invoke the fill tool)
Command + H the command key the H key Hide the Application (click the Inspire icon to make it reappear).
Command + J the command key the J key Edit Profile
Command + M the command key the M key Media (Choose Media To Insert Into Flipchart - such as audio or video)
Command + N the command key the N key New (create a new flipchart)
Command + O the command key the O key Open (open an existing flipchart)
Command + P the command key the P key Print Flipchart
Command + S the command key the S key Save Flipchart
Command + T the command key the T key Text (invoke the text tool)
Command + U the command key the U key Customize Toolbar (Edit Profile - Commands)
Command + V the command key the V key Paste (whatever was copied, such as with Command + C)
Command + W the command key the W key Close Flipchart
Command + X the command key the X key Cut (object has to be selected)
Command + Z the command key the Z key Undo what has just been done.
Shift + Command + A the shift key the command key the A key Desktop Annotate (click Desktop Annotate on Toolbar, upper left icon, second down, to return to flipchart)
Shift + Command + C the shift key the command key the C key Connectors (invoke the connectors tool)
Shift + Command + D the shift key the command key the D key Desktop Snapshot
Shift + Command + E the shift key the command key the E key Export (the flipchart page as a bitmap (.bmp))
Shift + Command + G the shift key the command key the G key Grid Designer
Shift + Command + H the shift key the command key the H key Handwriting Recognition
Shift + Command + K the shift key the command key the K key Camera Snapshot
Shift + Command + M the shift key the command key the M key Magic Ink (invoke the magic ink tool)
Shift + Command + N the shift key the command key the N key Notes Browser
Shift + Command + O the shift key the command key the O key Circular Spotlight
Shift + Command + P the shift key the command key the P key Pen (invoke the pen tool)
Shift + Command + Q the shift key the command key the Q key Quit
Shift + Command + R the shift key the command key the R key Sound Recorder
Shift + Command + S the shift key the command key the S key Save As
Shift + Command + T the shift key the command key the T key Tickertape (invoke the tickertape)
Shift + Command + U the shift key the command key the U key Clock (invoke the clock)
Shift + Command + Z the shift key the command key the Z key ReDo what was undone
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Mark West,
Nov 18, 2010, 8:18 AM
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