Shortcuts make your life easier, and it is especially true on your Mac computer. You can easily force quit, minimize windows, switch applications, and access Spotlight with a simple few taps— but not all keyboard shortcuts are obvious. And sometimes, those end up being the best ones.
Of course you know how to remove a single character with the delete key, but did you know you can just as easily remove an entire word at once? Instead of hitting the delete key repeatedly, you can get rid of complete word with a keyboard shortcut that’s pretty easy to remember.
Typing on your desktop or laptop can sometimes be a pain, but this shortcut can make it so much better.
How to Quickly Delete An Entire Word on MacOS
To delete an entire word behind your mouse cursor, hold down on:
- Alt (or Option ⌥) + Delete (←)
The cursor can either be right next to the word or several spaces to the right of it, and it will still be able to delete the entire thing. If you reach a period, comma, or any other type of punctuation, the shortcut will delete that single character before removing the word that precedes it. Also, if you have numbers bunched up, such as with denomination or statistics, the shortcut will treat it as a word and remove it completely.
You can check out the keyboard shortcut in action in the GIF below.
Alt + Delete is just one of hundreds of shortcut keyboards on MacOS, and one of several that can help type faster on your computer. There’s also Command (CMD/⌘) + Delete, which lets you delete an entire line of words so that you can work even faster, deleting whole sentences and paragraphs with ease while you write. Do you know any other lesser-known keyboard shortcuts? What are some of your favorites? Let us know in the comments below.
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