Mac Keyboard shortcuts :- Most of us have used keyboard shortcuts at least once in our lifetime. For many people, keyboard shortcuts are so much important that they cannot work without them. Yes, keyboard shortcuts are lifesavers and along being timesavers for many! They help you become more productive keeping your hands stuck to the keyboard.
A funny study by Brainscape reveals that “if an average computer user wastes two seconds per minute switching off between the mouse and the keyboard, they could save eight work days per year by swapping in all available keyboard shortcuts”. Now that is quite some time-saving right there.
If you are a Mac user, we have worked quite well and listed up a few, and we mean a lot of keyboard shortcuts for you to ease your workflow. The full list of Mac keyboard shortcuts is based on the top 50 most used keyboard shortcuts. Again for the sake of your convenience, we have also attached screenshots.
So, without wasting any further time, let’s dive deep into the list of Mac keyboard shortcuts with screenshots.
For your convenience, we have divided the whole list into two different parts. One is the basic part which you may be aware of. The second part consists of the more advanced keyboard shortcuts.
We are going to get started with the basic keyboard shortcuts at first.
- ⌘+a – This keyboard shortcut is used to select everything at once.
- ⌘+c – This keyboard shortcut is used to copy the already selected stuff.
- ⌘+x – Similar to the copy shortcut, this shortcut is used to cut the already selected stuff.
- ⌘+v – This keyboard shortcut is used to paste the copied stuff.
Finding a Keyword
- ⌘+f – This shortcut helps you to look out for a specific keyword that you are searching for,
Opening a new window/tab and closing it
These shortcuts are very useful in specific programs like the web browser or the finder.
- ⌘+n – This keyboard shortcut is used to open a new window.
- ⌘+t – This keyboard shortcut is used to open a new tab.
- ⌘+w – Unlike the last two, this keyboard shortcut is used to close the currently opened tab.
Undo and Redo shortcuts
- ⌘+z – This specific shortcut undoes the last action that you have taken.
- ⌘+y – This keyboard shortcut is used to redo an undone action once again.
Renaming a File
This shortcut is used to rename a file with ease. Make sure to select the file first.
- ⌘+shift+t – With the help of this program, you can reopen up to 10 last closed tabs.
Right click on Mac
To do a right click on Mac, simply hold down the command key and click as usual.
Quitting a program
- ⌘+q – This shortcut is used to quit a program that is currently in use.
- ⌘+j – This keyboard shortcut is used to duplicate an item. This is similar to copy and paste but a little faster than that.
Bold, italicize, and underline text
- ⌘+b – Use this keyboard shortcut to bold the text.
- ⌘+i – Use this keyboard shortcut to italicize the text.
- ⌘+u – Use this keyboard shortcut to underline the text.
The Spotlight search
Use this keyboard shortcut to easily search for anything within the system such as apps, images, documents and anything else.
- ⌘+shift+3 – This keyboard shortcut is going to help you to take a full screen screenshot.
- ⌘+shift+4 – This keyboard shortcut is going to help you to take a screenshot of a part of the screen.
Now, as we have covered most of the basic keyboard shortcuts, it’s time for the advanced part.
Selecting the address bar
Use this shortcut to select the address bar of your web browser directly from the keyboard.
Switch between tabs within apps
With the help of this keyboard shortcut, you can easily switch between tabs within a web browser or the finder.
Scroll down/Scroll up on a web page
Use the spacebar to scroll down on a web page.
Use this shortcut to scroll up on a web page.
Go to Top/Bottom of the web page
With the help of the following keyboard shortcuts (⌘+up arrow and ⌘+down arrow), you can easily reach the top or the bottom of a webpage.
Toggle between programs
Use the following ⌘+tab shortcut to simultaneously toggle between the opened apps.
Force Quit an app
If an app is unresponsive for any reason, then you can force quit the app by using the following keyboard shortcut. It is going to close the application and all of its ongoing background processes forcefully.
Empty the Trash
All of your files get temporarily deleted if you tend to use the “delete” key. Although you can use the following shortcut to permanently delete an item. You cannot get back a file if you delete it permanently.
Use the following command to put your computer to sleep mode.
Get file information
You can try the following keyboard shortcut to get information about the selected file. The information includes file size, date of creation, width and height (if the file is a photo).
Paste formatted content as plain text
Easily paste the formatted text as plain text using the following command.
Hide the current window of the app
Easily hide the current window by using the ⌘+h key.
Go to desktop
Use the following keyboard shortcut to o the the desktop by hiding all the apps.
Selecting the text
By using the keyboard shortcut above, you can select the text between the cursor and the begining or same for the end of the current line.
By using the keyboard shortcut above, you can select the text between the cursor and the begining or same for the end of the current word.
Use the following keyboard shortcut to select the characters of the text from the right or left.
We tried to cover almost all of the most important keyboard shortcuts in our full list of Mac Keyboard shortcuts with screenshots. Let us know which one is your favourite in the comments below.