One of the Keyboard Shortcut commands I use almost every day is Select All. The Select All sequence is CMD + a. This will select all of the objects in the current container. If you are in a Finder window, all of the files will be selected. If you are in a text field, all of the text selected. Once the content is selected it can be Copied or Cut as needed. It can also be dragged and dropped as a group of objects.
Using the keyboard instead of the mouse to select multiple objects for manipulation can save you time and make you more productive. Now I know we are only talking seconds, but over the course of the week in the office on you Mac, these add up into minutes saved.
One of the ways I use this is when I review RSS feeds I subscribe to in the FOSS RSS client Vienna. Once I have checked out the post titles and delved into those I think need more attention, I make sure the emphasis is in the article window (the right side above) then hit CMD + a. Now all articles are selected and I can delete them.
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One of the Keyboard Shortcuts that I use on a regular basis is “Paste and Match Style”. The shortcut for this is CMD + OPT + SFT + v
What it does is past the content of the clipboard but drops any formatting and uses the format of the location where you are pasting the text. In other words it strips any formatting from the text and applies the formatting of the destination.
I find this very useful when I am copying and pasting text from reference articles into an article that I am writing, or into an email that I am writing. In the example above using standard Paste and Paste and Match Style are shown in Yellow highlight.
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While there are many keyboard shortcuts, few are more widely known than these four – Copy, Cut, Paste and Undo.
To copy text or another object, use the mouse to select or highlight it. Then press the CMD + c keys simultaneously. The selected content will be copied to the clipboard.
To Cut or remove text or another object, use the mouse to select or highlight it. Then press the CMD + x keys simultaneously. The selected content will be removed and copied to the clipboard.
To paste whatever is in the clipboard to spot you have selected with the mouse, press the CMD + v keys simultaneously. The selected contents of the clipboard will be pasted into the designated spot.
You may often find that you have just typed in text or performed some other action that you wish you could undo. Using CMD + z the last action will be undone.
I find this particularly helpful when I start typing only to find that the cursor was in the wrong location, or when I drag an object from one folder to another, only to have it disappear to an unknown location through operator error.
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