41 of the Most Useful Mac Keyboard Shortcuts
Your keyboard can do a lot more than you realize. Memorize these Mac keyboard shortcuts to help you navigate your computer even faster.
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Mac keyboard shortcuts allow you to do things on your computer that would typically require you to use a mouse, trackpad, or another device with a combination of the keys on your keyboard. To find the Mac shortcuts that are already set up on your device, go to System Preferences > Keyboard > Shortcuts. From there you can look through the different mac keyboard shortcuts that are set up for your keyboard, launchpad and dock, Mission Control, Spotlight, and so on. To change an existing shortcut you can select the one you want to change, click on the key combination, and then type the new keys you want to use. If you want to create a new keyboard shortcut, navigate down to App Shortcuts, click the plus, select the application you want (or select All Applications), then type in the menu title and the keys you want to use. Then click Add. Take note, in order for the shortcut to work you need to type in the exact syntax of the menu title. That means capitalization, spaces, and punctuation.
If you want to become a master at all of the macOS keyboard shortcuts, keep reading to learn all of the ones we find useful. Also, check out these hidden symbols you never knew you could text.
Mac command keys
Keyboard shortcuts using the Command key on Macs are pretty well-known. In case you forgot, or need a refresher, here are some helpful ones.
|Command-C||Copy the selected item|
|Command-X||Cut the selected item|
|Command-V||Paste shortcut for Mac|
|Command-Z||Undo. Shift-Command-Z is the redo shortcut for what you just undid.|
|Command-A||Select all items|
|Command-F||Find text or symbol in an open document or window|
|Command-H||Hide the front/active window|
|Command-M||Minimize the front/active window|
|Command-O||Open the selected item or open Finder to select a file to open|
|Command-T||Open a new tab|
|Command-W||Close the front/active window|
|Command-Q||Quit the front/active window|
Mac function keys
The Mac function keys run across the top of your keyboard. The F1-F12 keys can be used for built-in Mac features or as standard function keys. The function keys may look slightly different depending on what model of Mac you have, but each key shows a self-explanatory image that tells you what the built-in Mac feature is. If you’re not sure what all of the icons mean, here’s how to decode them.
|F3||Open Mission Control|
|F5||Lower keyboard brightness|
|F6||Increase keyboard brightness|
|F7||Skip back (audio)|
|F9||Skip forward (audio)|
You can also use the F1-F12 keys on your Mac as standard function keys. These will work differently depending on the app you’re using and the keyboard shortcuts that you have set up. To use the function keys as standard function keys hold down the Function (fn) key and then press a function key. For example, when you press the fn key and F11, it will perform the action assigned to that key instead of lowering the volume. If you also have a Windows computer at home too, you’ll want to know these Windows keyboard shortcuts also.
Combination Mac keyboard shortcuts
Some keyboard shortcuts require more than just one or two keys. You might need to use two hands for these MacBook keyboard shortcuts or just have really long fingers. Here are the shortcuts we think you’ll use the most.
|Option-Command-Esc||Force quit an app|
|Space bar or Fn-Down Arrow||Page down on Mac|
|Command-Option-M||Minimize all windows|
|Command-Space bar||Spotlight search on Mac|
|Fn-Left and Right arrow keys||Home button on Mac|
|Command-Control-Space bar||Opens character viewer allowing you to choose emojis and other symbols|
|Control-Command-F||Use app in full screen|
|Shift-Command-N||Create a new folder in Finder|
|Control–Shift–Power button||Puts computer display to sleep|
|Control-Command-Q||Lock Mac screen|
|Command-Shift-4||Take custom screenshot|
|Command-Control-D||Defines highlighted word|
|Fn-Enter||Insert key on Mac|
|Option key||Alt key on Mac|
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