Keyboard shortcuts exist from the time the keyboards itself existed. They allow you to fly through apps with a few combinations of keys instead of prolonged search through the menu. Keyboard shortcuts promote efficiency and would enhance your productivity. It allows you to get a tedious task done on the touch of a few keys. Every OS supports different sets of combinations for keyboard shortcuts. We’re gonna be talking about Mac keyboard shortcuts.
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So, let’s dive in to see the top 10 Mac keyboard shortcuts you should know about.
Cut, Copy, Paste (Command X, Command C. Command V)
We cannot talk about Mac keyboard shortcuts without talking about cut, copy, and paste. This is the most useful function of all and not only for Mac. This is widely used around the world and falls into the category for Mac keyboard shortcuts as well as Windows but with the use of different key combinations.
While editing a document, this shortcut becomes vital. You can select your text using your mouse and then press Command+C to copy that text. You can then use Command+V to paste the text to your desired location.
You can also move a text from one place to another using the cut function. All you have to do is select your text and press Command+X. You can then go ahead and paste your text using Command+V and paste it to your desired location.
If during this you make a mistake, you can simply press Command+Z to undo your recent action.
While selecting the entire document, you can use the combination Command+A . This will select your entire document and you can go on to perform your desired action.
A quick note: The formatting of the text you copied or cut, would remain the same.
This is one of the best features for MacOS users placing in on our number two list for Mac keyboard shortcuts.
The spotlight feature provides the user with the ability to find any files, any applications, or suggested websites. It also allows you to launch applications, look for definitions, and also start a web search. Anything with the combination of two buttons, Command+Space.
If you come across the file you were looking for in spotlight, all you have to do is highlight it and press Command+Enter, and the Finder will get you to the folder the file houses in.
App Switching (Command+Tab\Command+Shift+Tab)
Clicking is such a tedious job when you want to switch through apps. Mac provides you to navigate through different tabs using the combination of Command+Tab. Clicking these keys brings up app switcher which allows you to switch through different applications.
You can continue to hold the Command button and move through open applications, files, or folders by hitting Tab. In case you want to go back to a previous application, you can press Command+Shift Tab.
We’re familiar with the print screen button in Windows. In MacOS, the actions to take a screenshot is a bit different.
Pressing Command+Shift+3 will take a screenshot of the entire screen and save it on the desktop automatically. However, if you want to take a screenshot of a specific region, you can press Command+Shift+4. This action would turn your cursor into a crosshair so you can select your desired area to screenshot.
Quitting and Force-Quitting a program(Comman+Q\Command+Option+Escape)
Windows keyboard shortcuts allow you to quit a particular program with combinations of Alt+F4. As for Mac keyboard shortcuts, the function of quitting a program is granted to you by Command+Q.
Compared to Windows’ tedious process of opening a task manager to forcefully quit a program, Mac allows you to do the same using Command+Option+Esc. This opens up a Force Quit menu where you can quit a program forcefully.
This combination allows you with different functions. Regardless of the application, you can press Command+F to bring up the search field.
When you’re reading a large amount of text and want to look for something specific, this function can come in handy. You can press Command+F and put in that specific keyword. The screen will jump onto the first instance of that keyword. This helps you to narrow down the search.
You can select a file and press Command+Delete to delete the file from that location and send it to the Trash.
Whenever you delete a file using this combination or even using the mouse, it is not actually deleted. It moves into the Trash from where you can choose to delete it permanently or restore the file back. To clear up the Trash, press Command+Shift+Delete when you’re in the Trash folder to delete the files permanently.
You can also permanently delete a file directly from its location by pressing Command+Option+Delete.
You can minimize a Window by pressing Command+M.
For closing a Window, press Command+W.
If there is more than one window of the same application running, you can press Option+Command+W to delete all the windows of the application.
You can use these shortcuts in the Mail application.
Command+E: Search using the selected text
Command+N: New message
Command+1: Go to inbox
Command+Shift+F: Forward message
These Mac keyboard shortcuts don’t qualify in a certain category. They are as the heading suggests miscellaneous.
Command+A: Selects all files
Command+D: Deletes file
Command+Option+D: Show or hide the dock.
Command+Y: Use QuickLook to preview an item.