Mac OSX handy keyboard shortcutsJuly 8, 2011
Making the move from Windows to OSX isn’t as scary as you might think. If you’re like me and you prefer keyboard shortcuts to hunting through menu options, then this list should be helpful.
(Command key) – On some Apple keyboards, this key also has an Apple logo ()
(Option key) – “Alt” may also appear on this key
(Caps Lock) – Toggles Caps Lock on or off
fn (Function key)
Essential General Shortcuts
- Command Q – Quit the current application completely (closes all documents)
- Command W – close the current Window.
- Command H – this will Hide the current application and all open windows
- Command T – open a new Tab on any browser.
- Command Tab – (this is identical to Alt Tab on Windows) press and hold the Command key and press the Tab once. While continuing to hold the CMD key, press the tab key to cycle through open applications.
- Command A – select All text or images, website content etc.
- Command Alt Escape – launches force quit, similar to the task manager in Windows. This allows you to quit a program that has become unresponsive.
These are all similar to windows shortcuts, but use CMD instead of Ctrl.
- Command Z – Undo last move (the opposite of this is Redo which is Shift CMD Z in most applications)
- Command X – Cut selected text
- Command C – Copy selected text
- Command V – Paste text from clipboard
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