MacBook keyboard options

You all know I am a big Unix & Linux supporter. That said I am working main time on a “standard PC” keyboard rather than a MacBook keyboard.

Now, I was wondering how I can delete to the right of the cursor position?

Here we are Lady’s and Gent’s:

  • delete 1 character to the left: Delete
  • deletes to the right of the cursor: Fn+Delete
  • Command+Delete: deletes a line
  • Command Key acts like the control key on a PC
    (command+c = copy, command-x = cut, command-v = paste, command+a = select, command+b = Bold, etc.)

How can I show my saved passwords on my MacBook?

To be fair. I love working with my MacBook Air! The only feature I am really not happy with is the “You do not need to type in your mail password, never – ever – again.” feature.

I have really lost the password from my mind, just because I had never to use it again!

I do not know how to say it in simpler words than this to find your “lost” password again.

  • Open the Applications folder
    In that folder there is another one called Utilities
  • Open the Utilities folder
  • One of the items in that folder is

There you go …



How can I get a printer to show in the Dock?

Many times I use my printer scan feature and asked myself each time, How can I get the printer app to show up in my MacBook dock?

Simple Answer:

As printer apps are usually stored in /Users/username/Library/Printers/ you can easily open your Finder -> Go (menu) -> Go To Folder and drag the app to the Dock.

How to reset SMC on your MacBook Air

… or my Built-in Facetime camera is not been detected / not working.

I tried multiple things on Apple’s discussion Forum but the only thing which let my Camera appear back on Facetime & Photo Booth and in System Information was the following procedure.


First determine whether the battery is removable or not. Mac notebooks that have a non-removable battery include MacBook Pro (Early 2009) and later, all models of MacBook Air, MacBook (Late 2009), and MacBook (Retina, 12-inch, Early 2015). Learn more about Mac notebook batteries.

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Apple SuperDrive used with Xubuntu

I got a MacBook Air SuperDrive for testing purpose to see if I can write CD-RW on a Laptop with SSD but without CD/DVD drive.

My first thouhgt was nice – it has been recognised by the OS.

kernel: [314896.740912] usb 2-1.1: new high-speed USB device number 18 using ehci-pci
kernel: [314896.919610] usb 2-1.1: New USB device found, idVendor=05ac, idProduct=1500
kernel: [314896.919616] usb 2-1.1: New USB device strings: Mfr=1, Product=2, SerialNumber=3
kernel: [314896.919619] usb 2-1.1: Product: MacBook Air SuperDrive
kernel: [314896.919622] usb 2-1.1: Manufacturer: Apple Inc.
kernel: [314896.919625] usb 2-1.1: SerialNumber: XYZ         
kernel: [314896.922713] usb-storage 2-1.1:1.0: USB Mass Storage device detected
kernel: [314896.922815] scsi host19: usb-storage 2-1.1:1.0
mtp-probe: checking bus 2, device 18: "/sys/devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:1d.0/usb2/2-1/2-1.1"
mtp-probe: bus: 2, device: 18 was not an MTP device
kernel: [314897.929525] scsi 19:0:0:0: CD-ROM Apple SuperDrive       2.00 PQ: 0 ANSI: 0
kernel: [314897.950652] sr 19:0:0:0: [sr1] scsi3-mmc drive: 24x/24x writer cd/rw xa/form2 cdda tray
kernel: [314897.952286] sr 19:0:0:0: Attached scsi CD-ROM sr1
kernel: [314897.953242] sr 19:0:0:0: Attached scsi generic sg2 type 5

Than I wondered why the SuperDrive does not awake when I tried to put in a blank CD-RW…
Is it really true that Apple does nto want us “normal” users to use their Hardware???

My favourite search engine helped me again and many thanks to Christian Moser who solved it for us!