Mac Key Shortcuts for Maximum Efficiency

Tutorial By 6 years ago

As a long time Mac user I have picked up on a fair amount of keyboard shortcuts for doing everyday things. These save me a ton of time, I don’t even need to think about them any more my fingers just do it.

Hopefully these help out any others looking to increase efficiency and cut back on time for things that are done repeatedly.



Key CombinationDescription
Command + Zundo
Command + Shift + Zredo
Command + Ccopy
Command + Xcut
Command + Vpaste
Command + Aselect all
Option + Deletedelete from text cursor to beginning of word
Command + Deletedelete from text cursor to beginning of line
F3expose, show all windows
Command + F3show desktop
Command + Spacespotlight search
Command + Shift + ?application menu search
Command + Hhide current application
Command + Mminimise current window
Command + Tabswitch applications
Command + ` (above tab)switch windows in application
Command + Nnew document
Command + Wclose document
Command + Qquit application
Command + Ssave current document
Command + Shift + Ssave current document as…
Command + Pprint current document
Command + Ffind word
Command + Gfind next word
Command + ,application preferences
Command + Option + Escforce quit
Control + [arrow key]switch between spaces
Command + Shift + 3screenshot, saves to desktop
Command + Shift + 4drag screenshot, saves to desktop (push space for specific window)



Key CombinationDescription
Command + Deletemove selected items to trash
Command + Shift + Deleteempty trash
Optionwhen dragging a file, switches from move mode to copy mode
Spacequicklook for selected item(s)
Command + [down arrow]open selected items
Command + Iinfo for selected item(s)
Command + Option + Igrouped info for selected items
Command + Control + 1arrange items by name


Code Editors

Key CombinationDescription
Command + ]indent selected text one tab to the right
Command + [indent selected text one tab to the left



Key CombinationDescription
Command + Rreload page
Command + Dbookmark page
Command + Shift + Hgo to home page
Command + Option + Uview page source
Command + Option + Iopen developer inspector
Command + Option + Lview downloads
Command + Option + Aview page activity
Command + ‘+’zoom in page
Command + ‘-‘zoom out page
Command + [number]go to bookmark at that position in your bookmarks bar (2 would mean the 2nd bookmark in your bar)



Key CombinationDescription
Command + ]scale brush up
Command + [scale brush down
Xswitch primary and secondary colours
Drevert to default colours (black and white)
Command + Option + Shift + Ssave for web and devices
Command + Ttransform selection/layer