Before we jump into some interesting and cool tutorials, I think it's good to start at the beginning with some Mac keyboard shortcuts. No matter if you're a newbie or work on a mac everyday, I bet there are some keyboard shortcuts that you didn't know existed!
Why not Windows keyboard shortcuts? I'm most familiar with mac since that is what I use everyday. Tell me in the comments if there are any other apps/operating systems you'd like to see the keyboard shortcuts for!
Have you ever looked over someones shoulder while they’re on the computer and they do something the long way when you know faster/better way?
There are multiple ways of doing most everything on a computer, but the best way to do repetitive tasks means the fastest way. Some mac keyboard shortcuts are difficult to find if you don't know where to look, from basic things like how to copy and paste on mac to more advanced shortcuts like toggling through save dialog boxes and confirming a selection without taking your hands off the keyboard.
Mac keyboard shortcuts save you time and let you get more done. Let's dive into the list!
Control + Click or Two Fingers: Tap on the trackpad
Command + Shift + N
Command + Z
Command + Shift + Z
Command + O
Command + W
Command + Option + W
Command + Q
Command + P
You can also save webpages as a PDF by selecting "PDF" instead of a printer from the save dialog box.
Command + F
Command + Option + D
Command + Delete
Option + scroll wheel
Command + Option + Escape
Command + I
Command + Option + I
Control + Scrollwheel
Option + Click notifications bar
Control + Command + Space
Command + X, Command + C & Command + V
To view your clipboard, from your finder, Edit -> Show Clipboard
Command + A
Command + Shift + V
Command + Shift + Option + V
Command + B, U or I
Command + left or right.
Option + Arrow key
Shift + left or right arrow key
Control + Command + D
Command + N
Command + D
Command + H
Command + Option + H
Command + M
Command + Shift + M
Command + ,
Command + T
Command + Shift + Arrow Key
Command + Shift + R
Command + Option + C
Command + Shift + .
Command + Shift + G
Command + [
Command + ]
Command + Up Arrow Key
Icon, List, Column or Cover Flow
Command + 1, 2, 3 or 4
Command + Shift + A for Applications
Command + Shift + D for Desktop
Command + Shift + U for Utilities
Command + Shift + H for Home
Command + Shift + C for Computer
Command + Shift + L for Library
Command + Shift + O for Documents
Command + Space
Honorary app mention: Alfred. It costs money but is an alternative to macs version of an app launcher. It does much more than the built in option called “spotlight”.
Hold Command + `
Hold Command + Press Tab
Hold Command + Hold Shift + Press Tab
Hold Command + Press Q
Hold Command + Press H
Command + S
Command + Shift + S
Command + Up
Command + D
Command + Shift + N
To enable these next two settings, you must go to:
System Preferences => Keyboard => Shortcuts => Full Keyboard Access, All Controls
Shift + Tab
Command + Shift + 3
Command + Shift + 4
Holding spacebar lets you move the selected area
Holding shift constrains horizontally or vertically
Command + Shift + 4 then hold control while selecting
Great for not cluttering up your desktop!
Command + Shift + 4 then press spacebar
Gives you the entire window and a light gradient behind the window
Honorary app mention: Skitch for quickly annotating screenshots
Keyboard shortcuts are tiny, bite-sized productivity enhancers that will save you a little bit of time if used once. If you spend a few hours on a computer and use these shortcuts repeatedly though, you'll be able to get more done, faster and best of all for free!
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