Why is evaluation Enter for Mac and shift+Enter for Windows? [closed]

Per the title, why is evaluation done using just the Enter key for Macintosh and Shift+Enter for Windows?


Okay, I see the Mac keyboard’s Enter key is actually labeled “Return”, so by Enter we mean the numeric keypad Enter.



1 Answer


Evaluation works the same way on Mac, Linux and Windows.

The main Enter key (called Return on Mac, but found in the same keyboard position) adds a newline.

Shift-Enter (Shift-Return) evaluates the cell.

The Enter key found on the numeric keypad (called Enter on Mac) also evaluates a cell.