Mac Keyboard Shortcuts

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One of the best ways that you can improve your productivity with your Mac is through the mastery of the many Keyboard Shortcuts. What are Keyboard Shortcuts? – These are keystroke combinations that tell a running application to perform some action. Certainly, you can use the Menu Bar to do much of the same, but moving the mouse and drilling down within the menu structure can take extra seconds.

When talking about Keyboard Shortcuts it is obvious what is meant by the alphanumeric keys listed. But what about the modifier keys? These are the key you press in addition to an alphanumeric key to take a keyboard shortcut. These are:

  • Command (CMD): ⌘
  • Shift (SFT): ⇧
  • Option (OPT): ⌥
  • Control (CTL): ⌃
  • Caps Lock (CLK): ⇪
  • Function (FNC): fn

Given these modifiers, the sequence of ⌘ + ⌥ + w  means pressing down the Command, Option and W keys simultaneously. I’ll make my notation simpler by writing the above as CMD + OPT + w.

There are dozens, if not hundreds of Keyboard Shortcuts. More are added by Apple and by App vendors each year. From time to time I will post on my Blog about a Keyboard Shortcut. On this page, I will provide an index to those articles. I am beginning this on February 12, 2018 so it will be a few weeks or months before there are many listed here.

If there is a Keyboard Shortcut that you think I should add, please let me know.

 

Editing
 Cut CMD + x Cut selected object and copy to clipboard
 Copy CMD + c Copy selected object to clipboard
 Paste CMD + p Paste clipboard content to specified location
 Paste and Match Style SFT + OPT + CMD + v Strips the formatting and pastes clipboard content to specified location using the locations style
 Print CMD + p Brings up the Print dialog screen to print the current content
 Select All CMD + a Select all objects in the current container
 Undo CMD + z Undo last action
Miscellaneous
 Screen capture SFT + CMD + 3

SFT + CMD + 4 

SFT + CMD + 4  + Space

Capture the screen, an area of the screen or a window
Application Management
 Quit CMD + q Quit current App
Window/Tab Management
 Close CMD + w Closes selected window or tab
System
 Shutdown CTL + OPT + CMD + eject Shutdown the system
Notes
 Close CMD + w Closes current window or tab
 Create a Link CMD + k Create a link for the selected text
 Show Colors SHT + CMD + c  Show the color palettes
 Print CMD + p Brings up the Print dialog screen to print the current content
Numbers
 Close CMD + w Closes current window or tab
 Create a Link CMD + k Create a link for the selected text
 Show Colors SHT + CMD + c  Show the color palettes
 Print CMD + p Brings up the Print dialog screen to print the current content
Pages
 Close CMD + w Closes selected window or tab
 Create a Link CMD + k Create a link for the selected text
 Show Colors SHT + CMD + c  Show the color palettes
 Print CMD + p Brings up the Print dialog screen to print the current content
Safari
 Close CMD + w Closes current window or tab
 Bookmark page CMD + d Bookmarks the current page
 Print CMD + p Brings up the Print dialog screen to print the current content
 Scroll down spacebar While viewing a website page, scroll down a screen worth of data each time the spacebar is depressed
Textedit
 Close CMD + w Closes current window or tab
 Create a Link CMD + k Create a link for the selected text
 Show Colors SHT + CMD + c  Show the color palettes
 Print CMD + p Brings up the Print dialog screen to print the current content

NOTE: The links for the keystrokes in the middle column go to the Blog post with more details.

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