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I was looking at PyCharm documentation which says the following:

To change indentation of a text fragment, do one of the following

On the main menu, choose Edit | Indent Selection / Edit | Unindent Selection. Press ⇥ / ⇧⇥.

What is the ⇥ key on the Mac? I don't see this symbol on the keyboard.

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    The ⇥ symbol is very effectively searchable.
    – totymedli
    Dec 11, 2015 at 0:19

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tab        

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    +1 for the shortest correct answer I've seen for a long time ;)
    – DavidPostill
    Dec 9, 2015 at 21:07
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    +1 for formatting as a key, making this even more perfect. Dec 10, 2015 at 14:35
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Press ⇥ / ⇧⇥.

Firefox on Windows displays the following:

enter image description here


What is the ⇥ key on the mac, I can't find such a key on the keyboard?

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On other Mac keyboards that key is labelled tab

enter image description here

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    There's nothing wrong with his browser. Inspect that HTML element on that website. They've designed it for different browsers on different platforms to display different things.
    – Spiff
    Dec 10, 2015 at 0:28
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    Also, the difference between the Apple keyboards you've pictured isn't between "older" and "newer" keyboards, it's variations between keyboard layouts for different countries/languages/regions.
    – Spiff
    Dec 10, 2015 at 0:30
  • Generally even though they're not labeled Mac users are expected to know the key symbols (they appear in e.g. menu shortcut labels even in the US, and on the on-screen keyboard) - even oddball ones like ⎋.
    – Random832
    Dec 10, 2015 at 16:41
  • @Random832: The last symbol clearly meaning "cycle power at 10 o'clock".
    – user48420
    Dec 10, 2015 at 23:30
  • @JS. Or even "Escape" which is the actual meaning ... see the list in one of the other answers.
    – DavidPostill
    Dec 10, 2015 at 23:31
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I've had similar problems interpreting Mac keyboard shortcuts, and I found the following list to be useful:

Menu Symbols

Image source: http://www.danrodney.com/mac/

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  • There's a standard for such symbols. It's ISO/IEC 9995-7. Apple keyboard engravings are quite close to it. So are some DIN 2137-1 keyboards and some Canadian keyboards (per governmental requirements).
    – JdeBP
    Dec 13, 2015 at 15:08
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Looking at the source for that page, it shows the following code (indentation mine)

<kbd 
    data-default="Tab" 
    data-default_for_gnome="Tab" 
    data-default_for_kde="Tab" 
    data-default_for_xwin="Tab" 
    data-emacs="Tab" 
    data-visual_studio="Tab" 
    data-netbeans_6.5="N/A" 
    data-eclipse="Tab" 
    data-mac_os_x_10.5_="⇥" 
    data-mac_os_x="⇥" 
    data-eclipse_mac_os_x="⇥" 
    data-intellij_idea_classic_os_x="N/A" 
    data-xcode="N/A" 
    data-resharper="N/A" 
    data-resharper_osx="N/A"
>
Tab
</kbd>

Judging by this, I'd say your browser is doing exactly what it was told, and that they definitely intended for you to use the tab key.

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