I’ve been considering making a Mac my next computer, and was pleased when I got the opportunity to use one without putting the money down first. I’m using OS X 10.1.5 right now, but would upgrade to 10.latest if I had my own, so please respond with that in mind. My question is bipartite, but both parts are related to getting OS X to act the way I want it to instead of the way Steve Jobs and company decided it otter.
See, I really like the OS. It’s pretty, useful, functional, and stable. But the keyboard accessibility and certain aspects of the window/desktop behaviour are driving me nuts! I use Windows and KDE extensively, and have come to appreciate Windows’ keyboard shortcuts (which KDE also employs fairly extensively) and KDE’s flexibility in managing the windows and the desktop (which Windows doesn’t touch, but that’s a whole 'nother thread). Having poked around on Google for keyboard shortcuts, I see a few things I can do but can’t find as much info as I’d like. Here’s what I want:
Keyboard shortcuts! I want to close windows with alt-F4 (scratch that – I want to close applications with alt-F4 so they don’t sit around, windowless, in the background). (Do all applications conform to the alt-Q/alt-W paradigm? Maybe I just need to get comfortable with the idea that application developers can conform to a standard.) I want to select which window is active using alt-tab (not application, window). (Yes, I know it’s command, not alt – blame the MS keyboard I have attached to this Mac.
Window management! I want to have multiple desktops. I want the Dock to show me what’s open on a window level, not an application level. I want to shade windows. I want windows to snap to each other and the desktop’s edges. I want to resize windows from the border, not just the corner.
Perhaps I’m stuck in the wrong paradigm and should give up on the Mac, go back to my super-adjustable KDE. Maybe Macs aren’t meant to be used by those who shun contact with the mouse. But if I can do any of the above things in OS X, I’d love to find out. Even better would be a link giving details on many customization options for OS X beyond the trifling options in the Preferences window.
Thank you for your time.