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Mac Keyboard Shortcuts

‘Keyboard shortcuts’ is one of the significant technological enhancement in our PCs. Keyboard shortcuts save a lot of our time while working on laptops. Whether it’s the technical supporters or the writers, students or artists, everyone needs Keyboard shortcuts.
Why wouldn’t everyone use it? When it is as simple as pressing certain key combinations, for getting our things done that usually need a mouse, trackpad, or other input devices. It saves a lot of time which we often have less and make things quick that might take a little longer with a mouse or other input devices.

Mac keyboard shortcuts

Using a keyboard shortcut is simple and we don’t have to think of various ways for it to work out. And that makes keyboard shortcuts more efficient. To use a keyboard shortcut, you can simply press and hold one or more modifier keys and lastly press the key of the shortcut. For example, to use Command-C (copy), just press and hold the Command key, then the C key, then release both keys.

Mac shortcuts for cut, copy, paste and other common functions

Below is a list of mac shortcuts for cut, copy, paste and other common functions.

KEY(S)

FUNCTION

Command+X

Cut the selected item and copy it to the Clipboard

Command+C

Copy the selected item to the Clipboard

Command+V


Paste the contents of the Clipboard into the current document or app.
This also works for files in the Finder.

Command+Z

Undo the previous command

Command+A

Select All items

Command+F

Find items in a document or open a Find window

Command+G

Find Again: Find the next occurrence of the item previously found. To find the previous occurrence, press Shift-Command-G.

Command+H

Hide the windows of the front app. To view the front app but hide all other apps, press Option-Command-H

Command+M

Minimize the front window to the Dock. To minimize all windows of the front app, press Option-Command-M

Command+O

Open the selected item or open a dialogue to select a file to open.

Command+P

Print the current document

Command+S

Save the current document

Command+T

Open a new tab

Command+W

Close the front window. To close all windows of the app, press Option+Command+W

Option+Command+Esc

Force quit an app

Command+Space bar

Show or hide the Spotlight search field. To perform a Spotlight search from a Finder window, press Command+Option+Space bar

Control+Command+Space bar

Show the Character Viewer, from which you can choose emoji and other symbols

Control+Command+F

Use the app in full screen, if supported by the app.
Space bar: Use Quick Look to preview the selected item

Command+Tab

Switch to the next most recently used app among your open apps

Shift+Command+5

In macOS Mojave, take a screenshot or make a screen recording. In previous macOS versions, use Shift+Command+3 or Shift+Command+4 for screenshots.

Shift+Command+N

Create a new folder in the Finder

Command+Comma (,)

Open preferences for the front app.

Mac shortcuts for sleep, log out, and shut down

This table contains a list of shortcuts that helps you to power sleep and log out using certain keys and not the long standard method.

KEYS(S)

FUNCTION

Power button

Press to turn on your Mac or wake it from sleep. Press and hold for 1.5 seconds to put your Mac to sleep. Continue holding to force your Mac to turn off

Option+Command+Power button or
Option+Command+Media Eject

Put your Mac to sleep

Control+Shift+Power button or
Control+Shift+Media Eject

Put your displays to sleep

Control+Power button or Control+Media Eject

Display a dialog asking whether you want to restart, sleep, or shut down

Control+Command+Power button or
Control+Command+Media Eject

Force your Mac to restart, without prompting to save any open and unsaved documents

Control+Option+Command+Power button or Control+Option+Command+Media Eject

Quit all apps, then restart your Mac. If any open documents have unsaved changes, you will be asked whether you want to save them

Shift+Command+Q

Log out of your macOS user account. You will be asked to confirm. To log out immediately without confirming, press Option+Shift+Command+Q

Finder and system shortcuts

The below mentioned shortcuts can be used for the finder and the system.

Command+D

Duplicate the selected files

Command+E

Eject the selected disk or volume

Command+F

Start a Spotlight search in the Finder window

Command+I

Show the Get Info window for a selected file

Command+R

(1)For selected alias, the Finder: show the original file for the selected alias. (2) In some apps, such as Calendar or Safari, refresh or reload the page. (3) In Software Update preferences, check for software updates again

Shift+Command+C

Open the Computer window

Shift+Command+D

Open the desktop folder

Shift+Command+F

Open the Recents window, showing all of the files you viewed or changed recently

Shift+Command+G

Open a Go to Folder window

Shift+Command+H

Open the Home folder of the current macOS user account

Shift+Command+I

Open iCloud Drive

Shift+Command+K

Open the Network window

Option+Command+L

Open the Downloads folder

Shift+Command+N

Create a new folder

Shift+Command+O

Open the Documents folder

Shift+Command+P

Show or hide the Preview pane in Finder windows.

Shift+Command+R

Open the AirDrop window

Shift+Command+T

Show or hide the tab bar in Finder windows

Control+Shift+Command+T

Add selected Finder item to the Dock (OS X Mavericks or later)

Shift+Command+U

Open the Utilities folde

Option+Command+D

Show or hide the Dock

Control+Command+T

Add the selected item to the sidebar (OS X Mavericks or later)

Option+Command+P

Hide or show the path bar in Finder windows

Option+Command+S

Hide or show the Sidebar in Finder windows

Command+Slash (/)

Hide or show the status bar in Finder windows

Command+J

Show View Options

Command+K

Open the Connect to Server window

Command+L

Make an alias of the selected item

Command+N

Open a new Finder window

Option+Command+N

Create a new Smart Folder

Command+T

Show or hide the tab bar when a single tab is open in the current Finder window

Option+Command+T

Show or hide the toolbar when a single tab is open in the current Finder window

Option+Command+V

Move the files in the Clipboard from their original location to the current location

Command+Y

Use Quick Look to preview the selected files

Option+Command+Y

View a Quick Look slideshow of the selected files

Command+1

View the items in the Finder window as icons

Command+2

View the items in a Finder window as a list

Command+3

View the items in a Finder window in columns

Command+4

View the items in a Finder window with Cover Flow

Command+Left Bracket ([)

Go to the previous folder

Command+Right Bracket (])

Go to the next folder.

Command+Up Arrow

Open the folder that contains the current folder

Command+Control+Up Arrow

Open the folder that contains the current folder in a new window

Command+Down Arrow

Open the selected item

Left Arrow

Close the selected folder. This works only when in list view

Command+Delete

Move the selected item to the Trash

Shift+Command+Delete

Empty the Trash

Option+Shift+Command-Delete

Empty the Trash without confirmation dialog

Command+Brightness Up

Turn target display mode on or off

Command+Brightness Down

Turn video mirroring on or off when your Mac is connected to more than one display

Option+Brightness Up

Open Displays preferences. This works with either Brightness key.

Control+Brightness Up or Control+Brightness Down

Change the brightness of your external display, if supported by your display

Option+Shift+Brightness Up or Option+Shift+Brightness Down

Adjust the display brightness in smaller steps. Add the Control key to this shortcut to make the adjustment on your external display, if supported by your display

Option+Mission Control

Open Mission Control preferences

Command+Mission Control

Show the desktop

Control+Down Arrow

Show all windows of the front app

Option+Volume Up

Open Sound preferences. This works with any of the volume keys

Option+Shift+Volume Up or Option+Shift+Volume Down

Adjust the sound volume in smaller steps

Option+Keyboard Brightness Up

Open Keyboard preferences. This works with either Keyboard Brightness key

Option+Shift+Keyboard Brightness Up or Option+Shift+Keyboard Brightness Down

Adjust the keyboard brightness in smaller steps

Option key while double-clicking

Open the item in a separate window, then close the original window

Command key while double-clicking

Open a folder in a separate tab or window

Command key while dragging to another volume

Move the dragged item to the other volume, instead of copying it

Option key while dragging

Copy the dragged item. The pointer changes while you drag the item

Option+Command while dragging

Make an alias of the dragged item. The pointer changes while you drag the item

Option+click a disclosure triangle

Open all folders within the selected folder. This works only when in list view

Command+click a window title

See the folders that contain the current folder

Document shortcuts

The behavior of these shortcuts varies with the app you’re using.

Command+B

Boldface the selected text, or turn boldfacing on or off

Command+I

Italicize the selected text, or turn italics on or off

Command+K

Add a web link

Command+U

Underline the selected text, or turn underlining on or off

Command+T

Show or hide the Fonts window

Command+D

Select the Desktop folder from within an Open dialog or Save dialog.

Control+Command+D

Show or hide the definition of the selected word

Shift+Command+Colon (:)

Display the Spelling and Grammar window

Command+Semicolon (;)

Find misspelled words in the document

Option+Delete

Delete the word to the left of the insertion point

Control+H

Delete the character to the left of the insertion point. Or use Delete

Control+D

Delete the character to the right of the insertion point. Or use Fn+Delete

Fn+Delete

Forward delete on keyboards that don’t have a Forward Delete key. Or use Control+D

Control+K

Delete the text between the insertion point and the end of the line or paragraph

Fn+Up Arrow

Page Up: Scroll up one page

Fn+Down Arrow

Page Down: Scroll down one page

Fn+Left Arrow

Home: Scroll to the beginning of a document

Fn+Right Arrow

End: Scroll to the end of a document

Command+Up Arrow

Move the insertion point to the beginning of the document

Command+Down Arrow

Move the insertion point to the end of the document

Command+Left Arrow

Move the insertion point to the beginning of the current line

Command+Right Arrow

Move the insertion point to the end of the current line

Option+Left Arrow

Move the insertion point to the beginning of the previous word

Option+Right Arrow

Move the insertion point to the end of the next word

Shift+Command+Up Arrow

Select the text between the insertion point and the beginning of the document

Shift+Command+Down Arrow

Select the text between the insertion point and the end of the current line

Shift+Up Arrow

Extend text selection to the nearest character at the same horizontal location on the line above

Shift+Down Arrow

Extend text selection to the nearest character at the same horizontal location on the line below

Shift+Left Arrow

Extend text selection one character to the left

Shift+Right Arrow

Extend text selection one character to the right

Option+Shift+Up Arrow

Extend text selection to the beginning of the current paragraph, then to the beginning of the following paragraph if pressed again

Option+Shift+Down Arrow

Extend text selection to the end of the current paragraph, then to the end of the following paragraph if pressed again

Option+Shift+Left Arrow

Extend text selection to the beginning of the current word, then to the beginning of the following word if pressed again

Control+A

Move to the beginning of the line or paragraph

Control+E

Move to the end of a line or paragraph

Control+F

Move one character forward

Control+B

Move one character backward

Control+L

Center the cursor or selection in the visible area

Control+P

Move up one line

Control+N

Move down one line

Control+O

Insert a new line after the insertion point

Control+T

Swap the character behind the insertion point with the character in front of the insertion point

Command+Left Curly Bracket ({)

Left align

Command+Right Curly Bracket (})

Right align

Shift+Command+Vertical bar (|)

Center align

Option+Command+F

Go to the search field

Option+Command+T

Show or hide a toolbar in the app

Option+Command+C

Copy Style: Copy the formatting settings of the selected item to the Clipboard

Option+Command+V

Paste Style: Apply the copied style to the selected item

Option+Shift+Command+V

Paste and Match Style: Apply the style of the surrounding content to the item pasted within that content.

Option+Command+I

Show or hide the inspector window

Shift+Command+P

Page setup: Display a window for selecting document settings

Shift+Command+S

Display the Save As dialog, or duplicate the current document

Shift+Command+Minus sign (-)

Decrease the size of the selected item

Shift+Command+Plus sign (+)

Increase the size of the selected item. Command+Equal sign (=) performs the same function

Shift+Command+Question mark (?)

Open the Help menu

The aforementioned shortcuts are quite useful to minimize your effort and maximize your work efficiency. Comment below if these shortcuts were helpful.

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Saraswati Sikdel

I am a writer at earnigo.com, specializing in social articles, a die-hard music lover and an avid reader. Articles based on lifestyle and conspiracies interests me most while I keep a close watch on tech content.

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