The Most Advanced Apple Mac Keyboard Shortcuts

Bethany Walsh

May 26, 2022

If you're a Mac user and you're not using Mac keyboard shortcuts, then you're missing how your Mac keyboard can do more than you realize. Apple mac keyboard shortcuts make the use of the mac more productive and effective. By using keyboard shortcuts, you can do things quickly that need a mouse or trackpad. On your Mac keyboard, the Command key is a significant &'' most powerful key on your keyboard. With the Command key, you can perform numerous tasks such as copy &'' paste, select all items, undo selected things, and many more.

For your convenience, we have put together the most advanced &'' useful Mac keyboard shorts that will make your life easier. Keep reading to become a master of Apple Mac keyboard shortcuts that will improve your workflow.

The Most Important and Common Shortcuts

Command+C: Copy any selected or highlighted text or other items (files) to the clipboard.

Command+V: Paste the selected clipboard's content or other items on the current document or file.

Command+X: Remove or Cut the selected item and copy it to Mac's clipboard.

Command+Z: Undo the previous action. Press the Command+Shift+Z to Redo the previous action.

Command+A: Select all content or items on the page.

Command+F: Find the specific items or words in the document by opening a finder window.

Command+G: Find again the next occurrence of items that were found previously.

Command+H: Hide the windows.

Command+M: Minimize the current window.

Command+O: Open the saved document or items.

Command+P: Print the recent document.

Command+S: Save the recent document.

Command+T: Open the new tab.

Command+W: Close the current window.

Command+Space: Open the spotlight search bar. Show or hide the spotlight.

Command+Comma: Open preferences for the current application.

Command+Control+F: Open the app in full screen.

Command+Tab: Switch apps to the most recent one.

Command+Control+Space: Show character viewer window (emojis and other symbols).

Command+Shift+3: Take a screenshot of the whole screen.

Command+Shift+4: Take a custom/ partial screenshot.

Command+Option+Esc: Bring up a menu to choose an app to force quit.

Finder and System Shortcuts

Command+E: Eject the selected file.

Command+F: Find specific words from the spotlight search in the Finder window.

Command+I: Display the get info window.

Command+R: Show the original file for the alias.

Command+J: Display view options.

Command+K: Connect to server window.

Command+Option+A: Deselect all the files/items.

Command+Shift+A: Open the apps folder.

Command+Shift+C: Open the Mac window in the finder.

Command+Shift+N: Create a new folder.

Command+Shift+D: Open desktop folder.

Command+Shift+F: Open the recent windows, and find spotlight files.

Command+Shift+G: Go to folder window.

Command+Shift+H: Open the home folder of the current macOS login account.

Command+Shift+I: Open iCloud Drive.

Command+Shift+K: Open the network window.

Command+Shift+N: Make a new folder.

Command+Shift+O: Open document folder.

Command+Shift+P: Display/Hide the preview pane.

Command+Shift+U: Open the Utility folder.

Command+Shift+T: Display/Hide the tab bar.

Command+Delete: Move the item to the trash.

Command+Shift+Delete: Empty trash.

Command+1: View the items as icons.

Command+2: View the items as a list.

Command+3: View the items as columns.

Command+4: View the items as cover flow in the gallery.

Command+Option+D: Display/Hide the Dock.

Command+Option+P: Display/Hide the Path bar.

Command+Option+S: Display/Hide the Side bar.

Command+Option+T: Display or hide the Toolbar.

Command+Left Bracket: Move to the previous folder.

Command+Right Bracket: Move to the next folder.

Command+Doubleclick: Open the folder in a separate tab.

Option+Doubleclick: Open the folder in a separate window.

Documents Shortcut

Command+B: Bold the letters or selected text. Also, unbold the selected text.

Command+I: Italics, On/Off.

Command+U: Underline the text, On/Off.

Command+K: Add a hyperlink or web link.

Command+T: Display or hide the Fonts window.

Command+D: Select the desktop folder.

Command+Shift+Colon: Show the grammar &'' spelling window.

Command+Semicolon: Find misspelled words in the text.

Control+A: Move to the start of a paragraph or line.

Control+E: Move to the end of the paragraph or line.

Control+F: Move a one-character forward.

Control+B: Move one character backward.

Control+L: Middle the cursor.

Control+P: Move up 1 line.

Control+N: Move down 1 line.

Control+O: Insert a new line.

Control+T: Transpose the character behind the insertion point and the character in front of the insertion point.

Command+Shift+Question mark: Display the help menu.

Log out, Sleep and Shut down Shortcuts

Power Button: Press the power button to turn on your MacBook or wake it from sleep. Hold the button for 1.5 seconds to put your Apple Mac on sleep.

Option+Command+Power button: Put your Apple Mac on sleep.

Shift+Control+Power button: Put displays to sleep.

Control+Command+Q: Lock your screen quickly.

Command+Shift+Q: Logout of macOS user account upon your confirmation.

Control+Command+Option+Power button: Quitting all apps and shutting down the computer.

Control+Powerbutton: Show the dialog which asks whether you want to sleep, restart or shut down the Mac.

So, there are the most useful Mac keyboard shortcuts that allow you to do things on your Mac with ease that normally require a mouse or trackpad. Learn these time-saving Mac keyboard shortcuts and become more productive with your computer. Do you know any other shortcut keys for the Mac keyboard? Feel free to share them via the comments section below!

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