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

UPDATE

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

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I use Enter key on window to evaluate a cell. Never used SHIFT+ENTER (use the enter key on the number keypad, on the far rightside of the keyboard) not the one return one. – Nasser Apr 28 '14 at 15:30
    
On my Mac, it's Shift+Enter. – DumpsterDoofus Apr 28 '14 at 15:33
    
@DumpsterDoofus No, it's Shift + Return == Enter :) – R. M. Apr 28 '14 at 17:01
    
@rm-rf: Oops, you're right haha – DumpsterDoofus Apr 28 '14 at 17:12

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.

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