For getting work done fast, it is very important that you are aware of all the ways that you can interact with your Mac. We have compiled a small list of keystrokes that you should definitely know about if you consider yourself a power user of Mac.
First, let’s begin with actions that you can perform with the Finder.
|Open Sidebar item in a new Tab or Window||Cmd-Click|
|Switch Finder Views (Icon, list, column, cover flow)||Cmd-1, Cmd-2, Cmd-3, Cmd-4|
|In List view, expand a folder||Right Arrow|
|In List view, collapse a folder||Left Arrow|
|Rename the selected file/folder||Press Return (or Enter)|
|Go into selected folder or open the selected file||Cmd-Down Arrow|
|Go to parent folder||Cmd-Up Arrow|
|Copy and Paste files||Cmd-C, then Cmd-V|
|Cut and Paste files||Cmd-C, then Cmd-Option–VOther actions|
|Move a file instead of copying||Cmd-Drag file to disk|
|Move selected files to the Trash||Cmd-Delete|
|Empty the Trash with warning||Cmd-Shift-Delete|
|Empty the Trash with no warning||Cmd-Opt-Shift-Delete|
|Undo the last action||Cmd-Z|
|Open Quick Look||Press the Spacebar (or Cmd-Y). On a trackpad can also tap with 3 fingers.|
App Switcher Shortcuts:
|Switch between 2 apps||Press Cmd-Tab to switch to last used app.|
|Switch between apps||Press Cmd-Tab & continue holding Cmd. While holding Cmd, to choose which app you want to switch to:
· Press Tab (multiple times as needed) to scroll right.
· Press Tilde (~) or Shift-Tab to scroll left.
· Press Left/Right Arrow keys.
· Aim with the mouse.
· Press End/Home key to go to first/last app.
|Quit an app in the app switcher||In the app switcher, you’re already holding Cmd, so hit Q to quit selected app.|
|Hide an app in the app switcher||In the app switcher, you’re already holding Cmd, so hit H to hide selected app.|
|Cancel the app switcher||In the app switcher, you’re already holding Cmd, so hit Esc or period (.)|
Shortcuts to Manage Windows & Dialogue Boxes:
|Switch to next window||Cmd-Tilde (~)|
|Switch to previous window||Cmd-Shift-Tilde(~)|
|Move a window in the background without switching to it.||Cmd-Drag on the window’s titlebar|
|Choose “Don’t Save” in a Dialog||Cmd-D in some apps or use Cmd-Delete|
Shortcuts to Interact Better With Dock:
|Hide all other applications||Command-Option click an App’s icon in Dock|
|Reveal a Dock item’s location in the Finder||Command-Click on the icon in the Dock|
|Force a file to open in a specific app||While dragging the file onto an app’s icon in the Dock, hold Command-Option|
|Move Dock to left, bottom, right side of screen||Hold Shift and drag Dock divider|
|Change the icon size of a stack||Cmd-plus or Cmd-minus|
|Temporarily turn magnification on/off||Hold Control-Shift|
|Force the Dock to only resize to non-interpolated icon sizes||Hold Option while dragging Dock separator|
Shortcuts For Interaction With Text:
|Go to end of line||Cmd-right arrow|
|Go to beginning of line||Cmd-left arrow|
|Go to end of all the text||Cmd-down arrow|
|Go to beginning of all the text||Cmd-up arrow|
|Go to end of current or next word||Option-right arrow|
|Go to beginning of current or previous word||Option-left arrow|
|Take picture of the entire screen||Cmd-Shift-3|
|Take picture of a selected area||Cmd-Shift-4 and Drag over an area|
|Take picture of a specific window/object||Cmd-Shift-4, then press Spacebar, then Click on the window/object|
Other Miscellaneous Keystrokes:
|Change Terminal Directory to a specific folder||Cmd-Drag a folder onto the Terminal Window|
|Right-click using a Trackpad||Place 2 fingers on the trackpad and Click|
|Quickly find any menu item and launch it.||· Press Cmd-? which is Cmd-Shift-/
· In the Help menu Search that opens, start typing a few letters of your desired menu command.
· Arrow key down to the item you want and press Return to choose it.
|Turn off notifications||Option-click the Notification Center icon in menu bar to toggle notifications off/on|
|Change system volume in smaller increments||Hold Opt–Shift while changing volume|
|Move the Terminal cursor with the mouse||Option–click where you’d like the cursor|
Here we end this segment of Keystrokes that every Mac Power user should know off. These will definitely make your work much easier when you get used to them.