There are a lot of keyboard shortcuts that make navigating around a Mac, and doing things on a Mac faster. Many of these shortcuts most users who have used a computer for more than a week have picked up on the abc’s. Command a selects everything on the page, command c copies what is selected, command s saves, command x cuts, command q quits the application. These are the basics. However there are many shortcuts that are just as useful as these that you many not have known existed.
Text Shortcuts and Document
command option v– pastes what is on the clipboard, and pastes it matching the style of what comes before it in the document
option delete– deletes the entire word before the cursor (this can be used as a faster way to delete an entire section)
fn delete – deletes text forward.
fn option delete – deletes forward and goes by whole word
command minus or plus (command shift =) – changes the font size of what is selected, or changes the font up or down of the current font size
command ; – find misspelled words in a document
command t – brings up the font window
command shift c – brings up colors window
command option i – brings up the inspector
Finder or Application Window Related Shortcuts
command option a – deselect all items
command option w– closes all windows in a program
command option m– minimizes all open windows in all programs
command tab – switches applications
option arrow keys – changes spaces
command , – brings up finder preferences
command ` (the one under ~) – switches between open windows of an application
command h – hides the current window (different from minimize because it takes you to the next open application underneath the current one)
command shift w – closes current window and all of its associated windows (like inspector, font window, etc.)
holding option while dragging – copies the file you are moving as opposed to moving it
command delete – move to trash
command shift delete – empty trash
command option shift delete – empty the trash without a confirmation window
Spacebar – scroll down by a pageful
option arrow keys – scroll in a direction by a page full
command up or down – scroll to the top or bottom of a page
command d – add Bookmark
command shift d – add to Bookmarks menu
command e – use a selection for a find (ie command f)
command f – find
command option f – google search
command i – bring up an email draft containing the webpage you are on
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