Keyboard Shortcut For Mac

Safari User Guide

Here are shortcuts you can use, in addition to those that appear in Safari menus.

Webpages

Action

Shortcut or gesture

Scroll up, down, left, or right

Press the arrow keys.

Scroll in larger increments

Press Option while you press an arrow key.

Scroll down a screen

Page Down

Space bar

Scroll up a screen

Page Up

Shift–Space bar

Scroll to the top-left or bottom-left corner of the page

Command–Up Arrow or Home

Command–Down Arrow or End

Highlight the next item on a webpage

Tab highlights the next text field or pop-up menu. Tab also highlights buttons and other controls if “Use keyboard navigation to move focus between controls” is selected in the Shortcuts pane of the Keyboard pane of System Preferences.

Option-Tab highlights the same items as Tab plus all other clickable items.

To swap the behavior of Tab and Option-Tab, turn on “Press Tab to highlight each item on a webpage” in the Advanced pane of Safari preferences.

Show all tabs

Shift-Command-

Open a page in a new tab

Command-click a link

Command-click a bookmark

Command-Return after typing in the Smart Search field.

Open a page in a new tab, and make that tab the active tab

Shift-Command-click a link

Shift-Command-click a bookmark

Shift-Command-Return after typing in the Smart Search field.

Make the next tab the active tab

Control-Tab or Shift-Command-]

Make the previous tab the active tab

Control-Shift-Tab or Shift-Command -[

Select one of your first nine tabs

Command-1 to Command-9

Close all tabs except for one

Option-click the Close button on the tab you want to leave open

Reopen the last tab or window you closed

Shift-Command-T

See a list of your recently visited pages by name

Hold down the Back or Forward button until the list appears

See a list of your recently visited pages by web address (URL)

Press Option and hold down the Back or Forward button until the list appears

Go to your homepage

Command-Home key

While typing in the Smart Search field, restore the current webpage address

Esc

Close Reader

Esc

Exit full-screen view

Esc

Download a linked file

Option-click a link to the file

Open a downloaded file

Double-click the file in the downloads list

Zoom website content

Press Command-Plus Sign (+) or Command-Minus Sign (-)

Zoom website text

Press Option while you choose View > Make Text Bigger or View > Make Text Smaller

The settings in some versions of the Macintosh operating system and some utility applications might conflict with keyboard shortcuts and function key operations in Office. For information about changing the key assignment of a keyboard shortcut, see Mac Help for your version of the Macintosh operating system or see your utility application. Export keyboard shortcut list as a text document You can export the list of default and custom keyboard shortcuts for tools and menu commands in Illustrator as a text document by following the steps given below: Choose Edit Keyboard Shortcuts. Special symbols. One of more confusing aspects of keyboard shortcuts on the Mac are the symbols.

Reading List

Action

Shortcut or gesture

Show or Hide the Reading List sidebar

Control-Command-2

Add the current page

Shift-Command-D

Add a linked page

Shift-click a link to the page

Remove a page

Control-click the page summary in the sidebar, then choose Remove Item.

You can also swipe left over the page summary, then click Remove. Or, swipe all the way to the left until the page summary disappears.

Bookmarks

Action

Shortcut or gesture

Add a bookmark to the Favorites bar

Click the Smart Search field to show the page’s full address and its icon, then drag the icon to the Favorites bar

Open all bookmarks from a folder in the Favorites bar

Command-click the folder in the Favorites bar

Move a bookmark on the Favorites bar

Drag the bookmark left or right

Remove a bookmark from the Favorites bar

Drag the bookmark off the top of the bar

Bookmarks sidebar and bookmarks view

Action

Shortcut or gesture

Show or Hide the Bookmarks sidebar

Control-Command-1

Select bookmarks and folders in the sidebar

Command-click each bookmark and folder

Shift-click to extend the selection

Select the next bookmark or folder

Up Arrow or Down Arrow

Open the selected bookmark

Space bar

Open the selected folder

Space bar or Right Arrow

Close the selected folder

Space bar or Left Arrow

Change the name or address of a bookmark

Select the bookmark, then press Return

You can also force click the bookmark

Cancel editing a bookmark name in the sidebar

Esc

Finish editing a bookmark name

Return

Create a folder containing the selected bookmarks and folders in bookmarks view

Option-click the New Folder button near the top-right corner

Delete a bookmark

Control-click the bookmark, then choose Delete

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Humanity should be grateful for the invention of Mac hotkeys. They probably saved us thousand years of time if put together. There is something addictive in using shortcuts - the quickness, the feeling of a keyboard, the geeky confidence in your fingers when you realize “hurray it works!” Once you get hooked on shortcuts, you’ll never go back to clicking again.

Basic Mac hotkeys combinations

1. Quit all apps

Sometimes an app that you thought you quit is still secretly running in the background. When your Mac lags and you need some fresh memory, you may choose to quit all apps. You probably heard of Force Quit (Cmd + Option + Esc), but it’s a too long way to do it.
Quit many apps in a row: Cmd + Tab

Then, holding down Cmd press Q to cycle between apps you need to close.

2. Delete a file completely

Dragging files to the Trash? Wait, this is not the only option. Here’s a shortcut to quickly delete unwanted files on a Mac, bypassing the Trash. Caution: there’s no way back.

To completely delete a file: Option + Cmd + Delete

Quick fact: ??
Did you know, the Command key ? symbol was borrowed from a road sign that is used across Scandinavia? Its original use is to denote tourist attractions. Early Mac models had Apple key instead of Command, but it later was changed as Steve Jobs feared that there would be too many “apples” in the OS interface.

3. Copy and paste a screenshot directly

Cmd + Shift + 4 is an old classic way to make a screenshot on a Mac. But here comes the combination to take your screenshotting skills to the new level. Normally you would make a screenshot, pick it from your desktop, and only then paste it to the new location. It appears, all this time you could do it easier.
To copy-paste a screenshot: Shift + Control + Cmd + 4

4. Quickly switch to the desktop

Sometimes your screen is so obscured by windows it would take years to click through to the desktop. Thank goodness, there is a Mac keystroke combination designed for people like us: the folks who are drowning in an ocean of windows.

To remove window overload: Cmd + F3

5. Open Spotlight

Spotlight, your Mac’s internal search engine, can make your life 1000% easier. It finds files faster than Finder and intuitively predicts what are you after. To open Spotlight right on the spot (sorry for the pun), use this magic combo.
To launch Spotlight search: Cmd + Space bar

Cool shortcut keys for Mac

Keyboard Shortcut For Mac Lock Screen

1. Invert display colors

A truly psychedelic key combination. This shortcut inverts all the colors on your Mac's screen to their opposites. Try it, and your world will never be the same. On the flip side, you can find a few practical applications for this command, for example, to adjust your screen to different lighting.

To invert colors on screen: ?md + Option + F5

2. Restore a recently closed tab

This one can be a real savior if you accidentally closed an important tab in a browser, like that pancake recipe or payment confirmation. There’s an easy Mac keyboard shortcut to restore it.
To restore a closed tab: Cmd + Shift + T

3. To shut down your Mac instantly

No, the following Mac shortcut is not about the force shutdown. It’s used when you need to quickly close all dialog windows and shut down your Mac in a legit way. Learn this one, quickly finish your work and finally go outside.

To quickly shut down a Mac: Control + Option + Command + Eject

4. Mac hot keys to invoke Siri

Among all Mac keyboard commands, this is the easiest. Since Siri’s arrival to macOS we got used to talk to Siri about weather and even ask her to play our favorite tracks on Mac. If you are using macOS Sierra or higher, you’ll enjoy the ability to summon Siri using just one hand.
To launch Siri: Cmd + Space bar

A shortcut to free up space on your Mac

Well, not exactly a shortcut, but indeed the quickest way to get more storage on your Mac.

Download CleanMyMac + Install + Click Smart Scan
This combination of actions will free up dozens of gigabytes of space taken by garbage: unwanted files, system junk, app leftovers, etc. CleanMyMac removes about 54 GB of junk on an average Mac. Try and see how it cleans your Mac.

CleanMyMac is available for a free download here.

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Finder shortcuts

Finder is quite a resource-demanding tool. When you open a new Finder window it usually takes some time. For quicker access to your main destinations like Applications or Desktop, you can use the following shortcut combinations.
To quickly access Finder folders:

Keyboard shortcut for macron

Cmd + Shift + A (for Applications)
Cmd + Shift + U (for Utilities)
Cmd + Shift + D (for Desktop)

Chrome shortcuts

Having hundreds of opened tabs in a browser has become a widespread syndrome nowadays. Closing tabs with a mouse is not only frustrating but also may freeze up your browser. Using a direct shortcut makes this job easy as a morning walk.

To close a current tab in Chrome: Cmd + W
To close a Chrome window: Cmd + Shift + W
To open a new Chrome tab: Cmd + T

How to memorize Mac shortcuts: ??
Psychologists say you have to do something at least 3 times to put it in your long-term memory. Attach small sticky notes to the outlines of your Mac’s screen with 3 or 4 shortcuts you really want to master. Then, leave it all to your fingers.

Mac shortcuts for documents

1. Copy text without formatting

You want to copy a piece of the text, but the old formatting drags along with it. Now you spend more time formatting rather than actually creating a text. To strip the text from old styling, use the following Mac hotkeys combination. A very good one to stretch your fingers.

To paste text without formatting:
Hold down Shift + Option + Command and hit V

2. Paste special symbols and emojis

Probably this is the easiest documented shortcut key for a Mac. To enter special symbols, like those lamdas, tildas, and alfas, you need to press just one key. For instance, if you need to type a modified E, hold down the E key for one second and then choose among available variations that appear.

To enter an alternate character: Hold down the character key

To paste emojis in the text: Press Control + Command + Space

3. Enter a strikethrough text on a Mac

You won’t believe, but 8000 people are googling how to do a strikethrough text on a Mac everyday. Although some applications don’t support it, this combination well works in TextEdit and Word. Now you can use it in every second line to add some roughness to your writing.

Keyboard Shortcuts For Macbook Pro

To apply strikethrough formatting: Cmd + Shift + X

4. Quickly print documents

The next combination works for most apps that allow printing. You don’t need to figure out where the print dialogue is located in every case. Just memorize this quick combination and send your files to print from anywhere.
To invoke a print dialogue: Cmd + P

Mac shortcuts to delete many files at once

There comes a time when you need to do a spring cleaning on your Mac: sort out old garbage, move photos to an external drive, or clean up your old downloads. It is time-consuming and takes an immense willpower simply to start. But lucky you are: there are a few shortcuts to remove large heaps of files as quickly as if you had a machete.

To select folder contents: Cmd + A
To delete a group of files after selection: Cmd + Delete
To empty the Trash: Cmd + Shift + Delete
If you’ve got many files left after backing up, this will save you a good deal of time moving them to the Trash bin.

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To save you from a headache, there are apps that will do the mundane deletion job in an instant. CleanMyMac is perhaps the most reliable one. It has a tool that specifically searches for Large & Old files on your drive for a quick cleanup. CleanMyMac is available for a free download. So, check it out.

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