Mac Essential Keyboard Shortcuts

Mac OS X was designed to allow you do almost everything using a mouse to point, click and select actions from menus. As you become familiar with Mac OS X, you can use keyboard shortcuts to perform common (and not so common) tasks quickly. Here's a list of essential and useful Mac keyboard shortcuts.

Text Editing Shortcuts

  • Command+A: Select All text in a document
  • Command+C: Copy text
  • Command+V: Paste text
  • Command+X: Cut text
  • Command+Z: Undo last edit
  • Function+Delete: Forward delete

Finder Shortcuts

  • Command+TAB: Navigate to other open applications, fast (Learn more about Command-Tab)
  • Command+F: Find a file, document or folder on your Mac
  • Command+O: Open selected item
  • Option+Drag: Copy file to a new location
  • Command+Option+W: Close all windows
  • Command+Option+M: Minimize all windows
  • Command+Del: Move selected item to Trash
  • Command+Option+D: Show/Hide Dock

Common Application Shortcuts

  • Command+N: Create new document
  • Command+O: Open a document
  • Command+S: Save document
  • Command+P: Print document
  • Command+Q: Quit active application

Other Useful Keyboard Shortcuts

  • Command+Click: Right-click
  • Command+E: Eject CD or DVD
  • Command+Option+Shift+Q: Log out immediately
  • Command+Option+Eject: Enter Sleep Mode
  • Command+K: Connect to a server
  • Command+Shift+I: Go to iDisk

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