Mac Keyboard Shortcuts

Mac Keyboard Shortcuts


In generally the most of mac users used the very few mac keyboard shortcuts only but lot of important mac keyboard shortcuts is there. It is very helpful to mac users. If you’re new to mac, learning all the available mac keyboard shortcuts can be a big challenge.

You can manipulate the time management and increase the work productivity by learning the standard keyboard shortcuts. Finally, using mac shortcuts in addition will streamline your workflow and speed up your macOS actions.

In the following section, we will mentioned collection of mac keyboard shortcuts for mac users

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Mac Keyboard Shortcuts

Frequent used mac keyboard shortcuts

1-Command + Comma(,) – To Open Preferences for the current app

This shortcuts are very useful to mac users but very less peoples only known this shortcut. How it is work, take the below example.

You are working in an application and you want to open the application’s Preferences so just press command + comma(,) to get to in the fastest time. In usual way to open the preference means to navigate to the Menu bar if you like and scroll through to access the Preferences.

2-Command + Space – To Open Spotlight

To open the spotlight in very quick time, use the command + space shortcuts. It is seeming to be very frequent using mac keyboard shortcuts.

3-Command + Control + Power – To Restart your Mac (without confirmation dialog)

If you want to restart your mac by keyboard shortcuts press command + control + power button.

4-Command + Shift + Delete – To Empty Trash (opens confirmation dialog)

Delete your files and folder by mac keyboard shortcuts, press command + shift + delete.

5-Command + Shift + 3 – To Capture screenshot

If you need to be take a screenshot in your screen this shortcut will do that, and save it as a file on your desktop. If you modify it as Command + Shift + Control + 3, it will save it to the image.

6-Command + Shift + 4 – To Capture custom screenshot

The best way to capture your custom screenshot in mac by mac keyboard shortcut is press the command + Shift + 4

7-Command + Tab – Open Application switcher

Use this shortcut to open the application switcher. Press and hold the command keyword then use tab button to navigate to one App to another app. Each time you press tab, it will switch to the next application in line.

8-Command + Shift + G – Find a file and folder

Already opened the finder window, use this shortcut to open a direct line to a specific folder. Just put the file or folder path in the space the appears and it will take you directly to the folder.

9-Command + L – To search or navigate to a website

If you need to be search or navigate b very quick way to the website in safari to use this mac shortcut like “command + L”, its is instantly selects the address bar.

10-Fn + Left Arrow or Right Arrows

You can move directly to the top or bottom of a web page using the Function key and the right (to the bottom of the page) or left (to the top of the page) arrows on the keyboard. You can do a similar result using Command-Up or Command-Down. Another method is to use Control+Tab and Control-Shift-Tab.

11-Command + left/right arrows

Press Command and the left arrow to go back a page in the browser window and press Command right to go forward again.

12-Option + Brightness Up (or down)

Quickly launch the display preferences by use this command. Other way is press Option with the Mission Control or Volume (up/down) buttons to access preferences for Mission Control and Sounds.


The most powerful mac keyboard shortcut is “Esc”. It is very useful for all time in your computer. Let’s have many of the examples is there for useful of Esc shortcut.

Let’s take this example, if you are working in Microsoft word file you need to be select the particular line but you did wrongly select the some of another line. So that time just press the Esc button and will remove that selection function.

Another one example, Web page won’t load and is sucking up your system resources? Just press the Esc and resolve.

14-Command + Y

This shortcuts mainly used to quick look to preview your desired item. How to use quick look, choose an item in Finder, press the space bar and a preview will display. So here let’s use the mac keyboard shortcut like command + Y. How to use that shortcuts, just select an item and press the command + Y.

15-Tab nav

Use the Command-Shift-] or Command-Shift-[ characters for navigate between the multiple tabs.


If you need to be to view all open tabs in one safari windows – it is the easy way for that.

17-Option + Double-click

Double-click shortcut opens a folder in separate window at the same time closing the current window.

Finder Shortcuts

Keyboard shortcuts Description
Command + A Select all items in the front Finder window
Command + Option + A Deselect all items
Command + Shift + A Open the Applications folder
Command + Shift + C Open the Computer window in Finder
Command + D Duplicate selected item
Command + Shift + D Open desktop folder
Command + E Eject
Command + Shift + F Find Spotlight file name matches
Command + Option + F Navigate to the search field in an already-open Spotlight window
Command + H Hide the currently active window
Command + Option + H Hide all windows except the currently active one
Command + Option + H + M Hide all windows except the currently active one and minimize the active window
Command + Shift + H Open the Home folder of the currently logged-in user account
Command + I Get Info
Command + Option + I Command + Option + I
Command + Control + I Get Summary Info
Command + Shift + I Open iCloud Drive
Command + J Show View Options
Command + K Connect to Server
Command + Shift + K Open Network window
Command + O Open selected item
Command + Shift + Q Log out
Command + Shift + Option + Q Log out immediately
Command + R Show original (of alias)
Command + T Open the current location in a new tab
Command + Shift + T Show Tab Bar
Command + Option + T Show/hide Sidebar
Command + Shift + U Open Utilities folder
Command + V Paste
Command + Option + W Close all windows
Command + 1 View as Icon
Command + 2 View as List
Command + 3 View as Columns
Command + 4 View as Cover Flow (Mac OS X v10.5 or later)
Command + Accent (`) (the Accent key above Tab key on a US English keyboard layout) Cycle through open Finder windows
Command + Shift + Question Mark (?) Open the Help menu
Command + Left Bracket ([) Go to the previous folder
Command + Right Bracket (]) Go to the next folder
Command + Up Arrow Open the folder that contains the current folder
Command + Control + Up Arrow Open the folder that contains the current folder in a new window
Command + Down Arrow Open highlighted item
Command + Shift + Up Arrow Open the Computer pane in a new Finder window
Right Arrow (in List view) Open the selected folder
Left Arrow (in List view) Close the selected folder
Option + click the disclosure triangle (in List view) Open all folders within the selected folder
Option + double-click Open a folder in a separate window, closing the current window
Command + double-click Open a folder in a separate tab
Command + click the window title See the folders that contain the current window
Command + Delete Move to Trash
Command + Shift + Delete Empty Trash
Command + Shift + Option + Delete Empty Trash without confirmation dialog
Command key while dragging Move dragged item to other volume/location
Option key while dragging Copy dragged item
Command + Option key combination while dragging Make alias of dragged item

List of some very familiar mac keyboard shortcuts

Keyboard shortcuts Description
Command + B Bold
Command + I Italicize
Command + U Underline
Command + A Select all
Command + C Copy
Command + V Paste
Command + X Cut
Command + S Save
Command + Q Quit
Command + N New
Command + M Minimize window
Command + W Close window
Command + P Print
Command + F Find
Command + Z or Command + Shift + Z Undo/Redo

 Startup Shortcuts

Keyboard shortcuts Description
Option Display all bootable volumes (Startup Manager)
Shift Perform a Safe Boot (Start up in Safe Mode)
Left Shift Prevent automatic login
C Start from bootable media (DVD, CD, USB thumb drive, and so forth)
T Start in FireWire target disk Mode
N Start from NetBoot server
X Force MacOS startup (if non-MacOS startup volumes are present)
D Use Apple Hardware Test
Command + R Use Recovery  (OS X Lion or later)
Command + V Start in Verbose Mode
Command + S Start in Single User Mode
Command + Option + P + R Reset NVRAM/PRAM
Hold down the Media Eject (⏏) key or F12 key, or mouse or trackpad button Eject removable discs

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