12 Cool Mac Keyboard Shortcuts That You Must Know

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Ever think about all the time Ctrl+C and Ctrl+V has saved you over the years, while you were at your Mac? Now, though copy and paste are two of the most widely used keyboard shortcuts ever, there are some other Mac keyboard shortcuts that can also save you a ton of time in the future. We have detailed 12 such shortcuts below.

Before we do that, here is the official Apple page that provides information on all OS X shortcuts that are available to you. We have picked 12 of those that we think you will use and use a lot. We also have our post that we wrote before, citing 10 other OS X shortcuts that our readers found quite useful.

  1. Volume Adjustments

Use a combination of Option + Shift + F11 or F12 to adjust the volume in small increments or decrements. It is a quick and an easy way to get to a specific level while listening to audio on your Mac. It is a lot easier than navigating to the volume control to adjust the levels.

  1. Shut Down

You can shut down your Mac instantly with Command + Option + Control + Eject keyboard combination. Make sure you have saved all your files before you invoke this shortcut.

You can save time by using this shortcut. Trying to shut down by using Apple menu > Shut Down might take a little while longer. Alternatively, you can also put your Mac to sleep by using this combination Command + Option + Eject.

  1. Delete Words

The ‘Delete’ key in Mac functions as a backspace and hence to delete a complete word, you can use Option + Delete keys. The most recent word that you had typed gets deleted when you use this combination.

You can delete multiple words by pressing this combination repeatedly.

  1. Find Word Definition

You can find the meaning of highlighted words with Mac OS.  While writing or reading on Mac, if you want to find the definition of a particular word then, you will have to open the dictionary and type in the word which could be exhausting.

Using the keyboard shortcut Command + Control + D you can look up the meaning of any word instantaneously.  A dialog box pops up with the definition of the highlighted word.

  1. Compose Mails

You can quickly compose a mail on your Mac by using this keyboard shortcut Command + Shift + I. You can use this shortcut from within Safari to quickly share the address of the webpage that you were browsing through the Mail app.

With this shortcut, you can avoid navigating through the inbox of the mail app to compose a fresh message.


  1. Quit Safari Window

You can exit your current browsing window in Safari by pressing Command + W.  The keyboard combination Command + Q will allow you to quit the current application.

Your Mac could slow down considerably if too many applications are open simultaneously. Hence, you can use this keyboard shortcut to quickly exit all open applications.

  1. Accessing The Address Bar

You can get your text cursor to point to your address bar with this shortcut key combination Command + Up + L. You can begin typing in your text in the address bar without having to use the track pad to get your cursor to the address bar.

  1. Capture A Screenshot

Every often, there is a need to capture screenshots on your Mac. You can quickly get a screenshot by using Command + Shift + 3. You can also capture a one window screenshots by using Command +Shift + 4.

You can capture a section of the screen by using the same keyboard combination.  Then, click and drag the section of the screen you want to capture.

  1. Minimize Open Windows

Sometimes, you may lose track of the number of windows that are open. And, attempting to minimize all the opened windows one by one could be a tedious task.

Press Command + Option + M to minimize all the opened windows to the dock.

  1. Navigate Within Finder

There is a set of shortcut keys that allows you to navigate around the Finder. Command + Shift + A combination allows you to open the Applications page of the Finder window. You can open the Utilities folder by pressing Command + Shift + U.

Command + Shift + D opens the Desktop folder in the Finder. With these shortcuts, navigating inside the Finder window becomes quite easy.

  1. Scroll Up/Down

Using your track pad or arrow keys to scroll up or down the entire screen could be time consuming. With this shortcut Command + Up or Down Arrow you can quickly reach the top or bottom of your screen. At a lightning speed, you can get to either end of your screen by using this shortcut.

  1. Run Through Applications

When you have several open applications on your Mac, you can take a quick tour of all your open applications by using Command +Shift + Tab. This shortcut helps you cycle through all the open apps without having to use the track pad.

It provides a quick overview of all the applications that are currently open in your system. You can exit unwanted apps to release memory on your Mac.

Try these Mac shortcuts and let us know which trick worked the best for you. If you are interested in a PDF download of useful Mac shortcuts, download this OS X shortcuts PDF put together by Stanford University.

About the Author
Michelle, author at Mach Machines. A tech lover and an insatiable latte drinker. Michelle blogs about improving the personal computing experience.

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