What combination of keys (fn, control, option, command, arrow keys) is the equivalent of the Home key on a MacBook Pro?

What about End/PageUp/PageDown?

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    I use a free program called Karabiner pqrs.org/osx/karabiner which lets me reprogram keys, and then I setup RIGHT_COMMAND as HOME and RIGHT_OPTION as END (you can assign specific changes to only work in specific apps if you want).And FYI I also change EJECT button to be BACKSPACE and FUNCTION+EJECT to Eject.
    – jsherk
    Mar 12, 2015 at 12:36
  • As of Big Sur, macOS 11, most of the answers work at least partially. As noted in some of the answers, this seems to be application dependent (eg, what works in Safari, say, may not work in Terminal; what works in Terminal may not work in Safari; what works in Safari, likely works in Apple products and Mac-designed apps, but not guaranteed).
    – leanne
    Apr 29, 2021 at 14:28

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  • Home is Fn

  • End is Fn

  • Page Up is Fn

  • Page Down is Fn

  • Forward Delete is Fn delete

  • Insert is Fn return*2

They used to label these on older MacBooks/PowerBooks.

Note 1: Not every application respects this, or behaves as expected.

Terminal is a notable example; for Fn arrow to work as expected when coming from a Linux background, the settings must be changed.

Note 2: OS X by default has no Insert functionality, however it is respected in some situations being Virtual Machines, Bootcamp, other Remote Desktops. Notably it also works in Google Chrome extensions that expect the Insert key for some other functionality (other than overtyping, which does not exist in OS X). Be careful though, in text boxes, dialog boxes and the like, it will always act as an enter key.

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    Just want to add that Ctrl+Home and Ctrl+End in Windows are the same as Fn + ⌘ + ← and Fn + ⌘ + → respectively. These combinations allow you to jump to the beginning and end of the document.
    – Danny A
    Mar 21, 2016 at 17:02
  • I've known about page up/down for a while, but needed Home and End tonight... thanks. I hope you don't mind, but I submitted an edit for [Insert] and [>|] (forward delete) to the repertoire only to complete the number pad out :)
    – Madivad
    Apr 3, 2016 at 12:05
  • this is not working in default osx terminal
    – DimiDak
    Oct 15, 2018 at 10:59

In text editors such as TextEdit or Pages:

  • Beginning of Wrapped Line (reposition cursor) is
  • End of Wrapped Line (reposition cursor) is
  • Beginning of Line (reposition cursor) is A
  • End of Line (reposition cursor) is E
  • Page Up (reposition cursor) is Fn
  • Page Down (reposition cursor) is Fn or V

I have a 2011 Macbook Air. Fn with the arrow-keys did not work for me.

It seems that Command + Right Arrow is the equivalent of End.

  • Same here with an 2013 Air. Annoying since I'm used to Fn+L/R on my MacBook Pro and now have to break the habit.
    – wes
    Apr 2, 2014 at 15:49
  • I concur. At my new job they've just given me a new 2014 MacBook Pro with OSX Mavericks and I found that the ⌘ + ← works for "Home", as in "jump to the beginning of a line". Nov 5, 2014 at 18:32
  • Except in Chrome on a MBP, I thought I would just try this and see what happens.... damn thing took me back a page lol
    – Madivad
    Apr 3, 2016 at 11:23

I found that I need to use the Command + whatever arrow/directional key you need


In XCode 4.4 (MacOS X 10.6) for the MacBook pro, the Fn-direction keys don't work to navigate to beginning / end / top / bottom of lines.

Only the Command + directional key buttons work.


I have a MacBookPro and the fn and left arrow takes me to beginning of text and fn and right arrow takes me to ed of text. cmd also performs the same functions. Only fn and up or down arrows will page up or down.


Some programs also respect:

  • go to the beginning of a document Fn

  • go to the end of a document Fn

(this works for me in editors and IDEs written in Java)


I love to use secureshell when ssh-ing different servers. For me the way to pageup pagedown is:

  • Page Up: Fn
  • Page Down: Fn

⌘ + ↓ gets to the end of the document

⌘ + ↑ gets to the beginning of the document

  • This was previously stated.
    – Tim G.
    Apr 28, 2017 at 12:19

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