if you are looking for keyboard shortcuts for mac, you have come to the right article. In this article we are going to show you which are the best shortcuts both for macOS and for the most used applications on Macs. If you have not yet been encouraged to use keyboard shortcuts in your day to day, you should start thinking about it.
And I say that you should, as long as your Mac is a fundamental part of your work, since you will get increase your productivity. Even if you don’t realize it, lifting your hand from the keyboard to use the mouse affects your concentration as well as inviting us to use other applications that have nothing to do with our work.
Common and basic keyboard shortcuts
- Command ⌘-A: Select all elements.
- Command ⌘-F: Search for items in a document or open a search window.
- Command ⌘-G: Find Again: Finds the next occurrence of the previously found item.
- Command ⌘-H: Hide the front application windows. Command ⌘-M: Minimize the front window to the Dock.
- Option-Command ⌘-M: Minimize all front app windows, press
- Command ⌘-O: Open the selected item, or open a dialog to select a file to open.
- Command ⌘-P: Print the current document.
- Command ⌘-S: Save the current document.
- Command ⌘-X: Cut the selected item and copy it to the Clipboard.
- Command ⌘-C: Copy the selected item to the Clipboard. This also works for Finder files.
- Command ⌘-V: Paste the contents of the Clipboard into the current document or application. It also works with Finder files.
- Command ⌘-Z: Undo the previous Command ⌘.
- Control-Command ⌘-F: Use the application in full screen, if the application allows it.
- Option-Command ⌘-Esc: Force close an application.
- Shift + Command ⌘ + 3: Take a screenshot of the entire screen
- Shift + Command ⌘ + 4: Allows us to select the part of the screen that we want to capture
- Shift + Command ⌘-5: Allows us to record the screen on video
Shut down, restart, or sleep your Mac with a keyboard shortcut
- Control + Option + Command ⌘ + media eject button: The computer will turn off.
- Option + Command ⌘ + media eject button: The Mac will go to sleep.
- Control + Command ⌘ + media eject button: The Mac will restart.
Preview a file
By pressing the space bar, macOS will automatically open a preview of the file.
To perform searches through Spotlight, we must press the Command ⌘ + Spacebar keys
Rename a file
Pressing the Enter key (once we have selected the file), we can edit or rename a file.
Close an app
With the shortcut Command ⌘ + q, we close the application which is open in the foreground.
Keyboard shortcuts for the Finder
- Command ⌘+ D: Create a copy of the selected file.
- Command ⌘+ E: Eject the selected volume or drive.
- Command ⌘+ F: Start Spotlight search.
- Command ⌘+ J: Show Finder display options.
- Command ⌘ + N: Open a new Finder window.
- Command ⌘ + R: Show the original file of the selected alias.
- Command ⌘+ 3:Show Finder window items in columns.
- Command ⌘+ 4: Show Finder window items in a gallery with preview.
- Command ⌘ + down arrow: Open selected item.
- Command ⌘+ Control + up arrow: Open the folder in a new window.
- Command ⌘+ Delete: Send the file to the trash.
- Option + Shift + Command ⌘ + Delete: Empty the trash without asking for confirmation.
- Option + Volume up/down/mute: Show sound preferences.
- Shift + Command ⌘ + C: Open the Computer window
- Shift + Command ⌘ + D: Open the Desktop folder
- Shift + Command ⌘ + F: Open the recently created or edited files window.
- Shift + Command ⌘ + I: Open iCloud Drive.
- Shift + Command ⌘ + L: Open the Downloads folder.
- Shift + Command ⌘ + N: Create a new folder.
- Shift + Command ⌘ + O: Open the documents folder.
- Shift + Command ⌘ + P: Hide or show the preview pane.
- Shift + Command ⌘ + R: Open the AirDrop window
- Shift + Command ⌘ + Delete: Empty the trash.
- Dragging by pressing the Command ⌘ key: Moves the dragged file to another location.
- Dragging by pressing the Option key: Creates a copy of the dragged file at the destination location.
- Command ⌘ + n: Open a new window
- Command ⌘ + Shift + n: Open a new window in incognito mode
- Command ⌘ + t: Open a new tab and switch to it
- Command ⌘ + Shift + t: Reopen previously closed tabs in the order they were closed
- Control + Shift + Tab: Go to the previous open tab
- Command ⌘ + 1 through Command ⌘ + 9: Switch to a specific tab
- Command ⌘ + 9: Go to the rightmost tab
- Command ⌘ + w: Close the current tab
- Command ⌘ + Shift + w: Close the current window
- Command ⌘ + m: Minimize the current window
- Command ⌘ + Shift + b: Show or hide the favorites bar
- Command ⌘ + Option + b: Open the bookmarks manager
- Command ⌘ + y: Open history page
- Command ⌘ + Option + l: Open the download page in a new tab
- Command ⌘ + f: Open the search bar to search the current page
- Command ⌘ + Shift + g: Go to the previous match of the search in the search bar
- Command ⌘ + Option + i: Open the developer tools
- Command ⌘ + p: Open options to print the current page
- Command ⌘ + s: Open the options to save the current page
- Command ⌘ + Control + f: Activate full screen mode
- Command ⌘ + Shift + /: Show all active tabs in grid view with thumbnail size
- Command ⌘ and +: Make everything on the page bigger (zoom in)
- Command ⌘ and -: Make everything on the page smaller (zoom out)
- Command ⌘ + 0: Reset page zoom level
- Command ⌘ + Click a link: Open a link in a new background tab
Keyboard shortcuts for working with texts
- Option + left or right arrow: Move the cursor word by word
- Option+ arrow direction up or down: Moves the cursor to the beginning or end of the paragraph.
- Command ⌘ + left or right arrow: Move the cursor to the beginning or end of a line.
- Command ⌘ + up or down arrow: The cursor will be placed at the beginning or end of the document.
- fn + Delete: Delete letter by letter to the right of the cursor
- Delete +Option: Delete the entire word to the left of the cursor
- Delete + fn + Option: Delete the entire word to the right of the cursor
- Delete + Command ⌘: Delete the line of text after the cursor.
Keyboard shortcuts for Apple Maps
- Command ⌘ + L: Show your current location
- Arrow keys up, down, left and right: Move up, down, left or right:
- Option + left arrow: Rotate the map to the right: Option + right arrow. Rotate in the opposite direction:
- Command ⌘ + Up Arrow: Return North Up:
- Command ⌘ + «+»: Zoom to a location on the map.
- Command ⌘ + «-«: Move away from a location on the map.
- Command ⌘ + 1 Switch view between map and satellite
- Command ⌘ + 2: Switch the view between satellite and map.
- Command ⌘+ 0: Switch between 2D and 3D:
- Shift + Command ⌘ + D: Remove a mark from the map.
How to know the keyboard shortcuts of each application
It is impossible to know each and every one of the keyboard shortcuts of each application. With the Cheat Sheet application, we can know all the keyboard shortcuts of any application.
Once we have downloaded and copied the application in the Applications menu, we open the application for which we want to know the keyboard shortcuts and press the Command ⌘ key for a few seconds (You can modify the time that we must keep this button pressed).
At that moment, a window will be displayed with all the keyboard shortcuts of the application. The application allows us to print it to always have it at hand, off the screen. Requires macOS 10.10 or higher.