OS X Keyboard Shortcuts That Mac Users Must Know – The Ultimate List

MacOS Keyboard Shortcuts - The Ultimate List

Get the most from your Mac OS – whether you use MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, iMac or other Mac Laptops and Desktops by using these keyboard shortcuts.

  1. ⌘(Command) + Space bar: This brings up the spotlight search box. As the name suggestions, it helps you quickly find (put a spotlight on) whatever you are looking for in your Mac.
  2. ⌘ + W: Close the current active window.
  3. ⌘ + Option + W: Close all active app windows.
  4. ⌘ + Y: QuickLook – Get a preview of the item you are looking for in finder.
  5. ⌘ + , (Comma): Quickly bring up the settings / preferences of the application you are working on.
  6. ⌘ + Z: Undo previous command.
  7. ⌘ + Shift + Z: Redo. (Some applications allow multiple redos, others don’t).
  8. ⌘ + Shift + 4: Activate screenshot menu. This lets you drag a rectangle around your desired area and capture that as an image. Screenshot is saved to your desktop.
  9. ⌘ + A: Select all items from the active window.
  10. ⌘ + Shift + A: Go to Applications folder when in Desktop/Finder view.
  11. ⌘ + Shift + U: Open the Utilities folder.
  12. ⌘ + Shift + H: Go to  ‘Home’ of the active app.
  13. ⌘ + Shift + I: Access iCloud drive.
  14. ⌘ + L: Quickly jump to and select the Address Bar in your browser. You can then start typing and use up down arrow to pick an auto-suggested option.
  15. ⌘ + Shift + Tab: Open the most recently closed Tab (A lifesaver!)
  16. ⌘ + Tab: Toggle between different open apps (helps you quickly switch to a different app).
  17. ⌘ + Backtick( ` ): Toggle between different open windows of the currently active app (helps you quickly switch to a different window).
  18. ⌘ + Option + D: Show/hide Dock.
  19. ⌘ + Left Arrow: Go Back (in Browser).
  20. ⌘ + Right Arrow: Go Forward (in Browser).
  21. ⌘ + Y: View your browsing History.
  22. ⌘ + Up Arrow (Or, Fn + Right Arrow): Jump to the top of the page.
  23. ⌘ + Down Arrow (Or, Fn + Left Arrow): Jump to the bottom of the page.
  24. Fn + Fn (Fn Twice): Enable dictation. This allows you to perform a variety of tasks on your Mac using your voice. Press Fn once when done.
  25. Fn + Up Arrow: Page up.
  26. Fn + Down Arrow: Page down.
  27. Spacebar: Scroll your active window down one screen.
  28. Shift+Spacebar: Scroll your active window up one screen.
  29. Control + Tab: Toggle through open tabs in browser.
  30. ⌘ + Shift + Backslash( \ ): See all of your open tabs in one single view.
  31. Option + Shift + Volume Up: Increase volume in smaller increments.
  32. Option + Shift + Volume Down: Decrease volume in smaller increments.
  33. Option + Shift + Brightness Up: Increase brightness in smaller increments.
  34. Option + Shift + Brightness Down: Decrease brightness in smaller increments.
  35. ⌘ + F: Find items (search for an item) in the active window.
  36. ⌘ + G: Find the next occurrence of the item previously found.
  37. ⌘ + Shift + G: Find the previous occurrence of the item previously found.
  38. ⌘ + H: Hide the active app.
  39. ⌘ + Shift + H: Hide everything else but the active app.
  40. ⌘ + M: Minimize active window of the current app to the dock.
  41. ⌘ + Option + M: Minimize all windows of the current app to the dock.
  42. ⌘ + O: Open the selected item (Or, open the “File => Open” dialog box).
  43. ⌘ + P: Print the active document.
  44. ⌘ + S: Save the active document.
  45. ⌘ + N: Open a new window.
  46. ⌘ + T: Open a new tab.
  47. ⌘ + I: Show information on slected item(s).
  48. ⌘ + J: Show view options for current window.
  49. ⌘ + Option + Esc: Force quit the active app.
  50. ⌘ + Right Arrow: Expand folder in list view.
  51. ⌘ + Option+ Right Arrow: Expand folder and its children (subfolders) in list view.
  52. ⌘ + Left Arrow: Collapse folder in list view.
  53. ⌘ + Option + Up Arrow: Close active window and open parent folder.
  54. ⌘ + Option + Asterisk(*): Activate Zoom.
  55. ⌘ + Option + Plus(+): Zoom in.
  56. ⌘ + Option + Minus(-): Zoom out.
  57. ⌘ + Option + Control+ Asterisk(*): Switch back to white on black.
  58. ⌘ + C: Copy selected item(s) to the clipboard.
  59. ⌘ + X: Cut selected item(s) and copy to the clipboard.
  60. ⌘ + V: Paste item(s) on the clipboard.

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