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  • Before we dive straight into the big list, we thought itd be nice to highlight some of the most usefulshortcuts in a table of their own. Not only are these the most handy of the bunch, but theyre also themost simple to remember many of the shortcuts use keys that correspond with the first letter oftheir function (command+q = quit, for example).

    Key combination What it doesCommand A Select allCommand C CopyCommand V PasteCommand X CutCommand S SaveCommand Q QuitCommand N NewCommand Z Undo/RedoCommand M Minimize windowCommand W Close windowCommand P PrintCommand F Find

    In addition to the shortcuts listed above, you should also learn the standard commands formanipulating text. If you do a lot of word processing and writing on your Mac, memorizing theseshortcuts will save you time by eliminating the need to take your hands off the keyboard.

    Key combination What it doesCommand B BoldCommand I ItalicizeCommand U Underline

    And now, the big list:

    Finder Shortcuts

    Key combination What it does

    Command-ASelect all items in the front Finder window (ordesktop if no window is open)

    Command-Option-A Deselect all itemsCommand-Shift-A Open the Applications folderCommand-C Copy selected item/text to the ClipboardCommand-Shift-C Open the Computer windowCommand-D Duplicate selected itemCommand-Shift-D Open desktop folderCommand-E EjectCommand-F Find any matching Spotlight attributeCommand-Shift-F Find Spotlight file name matches

    Command-Option-FNavigate to the search field in an already-openSpotlight window

    Command-Shift-G Go to Folder

    Command-Shift-HOpen the Home folder of the currently logged-inuser account

    Command-I Get InfoCommand-Option-I Show Inspector

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  • Command-J Show View OptionsCommand-K Connect to ServerCommand-Shift-K Open Network windowCommand-L Make alias of the selected itemCommand-M Minimize windowCommand-Option-M Minimize all windowsCommand-N New Finder windowCommand-Shift-N New folderCommand-Option-N New Smart FolderCommand-O Open selected itemCommand-Shift-Q Log outCommand-Shift-Option-Q Log out immediatelyCommand-R Show original (of alias)Command-T Add to SidebarCommand-Shift-T Add to FavoritesCommand-Option-T Hide Toolbar / Show Toolbar in Finder windowsCommand-Shift-U Open Utilities folderCommand-V PasteCommand-W Close windowCommand-Option-W Close all windowsCommand-X CutCommand-Option-Y Slideshow (Mac OS X v10.5 or later)Command-Z Undo / RedoCommand-1 View as IconCommand-2 View as ListCommand-3 View as ColumnsCommand-4 View as Cover Flow (Mac OS X v10.5 or later)Command-Comma (,) Open Finder preferencesCommand-Accent (`) (the Accent key aboveTab key on a US English keyboard layout)

    Cycle through open Finder windows

    Command-Shift-Question Mark (?) Open Mac HelpCommand-Left Bracket ([) Go to the previous folderCommand-Right Bracket (]) Go to the next folderCommand-Up Arrow Open the folder that contains the current folder

    Command-Control-Up ArrowOpen the folder that contains the current folder in anew window

    Command-Down Arrow Open highlighted itemCommand-Shift-Up Arrow Make the desktop activeRight Arrow (in List view) Open the selected folderLeft Arrow (in List view) Close the selected folderOption-click the disclosure triangle (in List view) Open all folders within the selected folder

    Optiondouble-clickOpen a folder in a separate window, closing thecurrent window

    Commanddouble-click Open a folder in a separate windowCommand-click the window title See the folders that contain the current windowCommand-Tab Switch application cycle forwardCommand-Shift-Tab Switch application cycle backwardCommand-Delete Move to TrashCommand-Shift-Delete Empty TrashCommand-Shift-Option-Delete Empty Trash without confirmation dialogSpace bar (or Command-Y) Quick Look (Mac OS X v10.5 or later)

    Command key while draggingMove dragged item to other volume/location (pointericon changes while key is held see this article)

    Option key while draggingCopy dragged item (pointer icon changes while keyis held see this article)

    Command-Option key combination whiledragging

    Make alias of dragged item (pointer icon changeswhile key is held see this article)

    Startup Shortcuts

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  • Shift Perform a Safe Boot (start up in Safe Mode)Left Shift Prevent automatic login

    CStart from bootable media (DVD, CD, USB thumbdrive, and so forth)

    T Start in FireWire target disk modeN Start from NetBoot server

    XForce Mac OS X startup (if non-Mac OS X startupvolumes are present)

    D Use Apple Hardware TestCommand-R Use Recovery (OS X Lion or later)Command-V Start in Verbose ModeCommand-S Start in Single User ModeCommand-Option-P-R Reset NVRAM / parameter RAMHold down the Media Eject () key or F12 key,or mouse or trackpad button

    Eject removable discs

    Other Application Shortcuts

    Note: Some applications may not support all of the following application key combinations.

    Key combination What it does

    Command-Space barShow or hide the Spotlight search field (if multiple languages areinstalled, may rotate through enabled script systems)

    Control-A Move to beginning of line/paragraphControl-B Move one character backwardControl-D Delete the character in front of the cursorControl-E Move to end of line/paragraphControl-F Move one character forwardControl-H Delete the character behind the cursor

    Control-KDelete from the character in front of the cursor to the end of theline/paragraph

    Control-L Center the cursor/selection in the visible areaControl-N Move down one lineControl-O Insert a new line after the cursorControl-P Move up one line

    Control-TTranspose the character behind the cursor and the character in frontof the cursor

    Control-V Move down one page

    Option-DeleteDelete the word that is left of the cursor, as well as any spaces orpunctuation after the word

    Command-Option-Space barShow the Spotlight search results window (if multiple languages areinstalled, may rotate through keyboard layouts and input methodswithin a script)

    Command-TabMove forward to the next most recently-used application in a list ofopen applications

    Command-Shift-TabMove backward through a list of open applications (sorted by recentuse)

    Shift-Tab Navigate through controls in a reverse direction

    Control-TabMove focus to the next grouping of controls in a dialog or the nexttable (when Tab moves to the next cell)

    Shift-Control-Tab Move focus to the previous grouping of controlsCommand-esc Open Front Row (if installed)Option-Media Eject () Eject from secondary optical media drive (if one is installed)Fn-Delete Forward Delete (on a portable Macs built-in keyboard)Control-F1 Toggle full keyboard access on or offControl-F2 Move focus to the menu barControl-F3 Move focus to the DockControl-F4 Move focus to the active (or next) windowShift-Control-F4 Move focus to the previously active windowControl-F5 Move focus to the toolbar.Control-F6 Move focus to the first (or next) panel

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  • Control-F7and dialogs

    Control-F8 Move to the status menus in the menu barF9 Tile or untile all open windowsF10 Tile or untile all open windows in the currently active applicationF11 Hide or show all open windowsF12 Hide or display DashboardCommand-Accent (`) Activate the next open window in the frontmost applicationCommand-Shift-Accent (`) Activate the previous open window in the frontmost applicationCommand-Option-Accent (`) Move focus to the window drawerCommand-Minus () Decrease the size of the selected itemCommand-{ Left-align a selectionCommand-} Right-align a selectionCommand-| Center-align a selectionCommand-Colon (:) Display the Spelling windowCommand-Semicolon (;) Find misspelled words in the document

    Command-Comma (,)Open the front applications preferences window (if it supports thiskeyboard shortcut)

    Command-Option-Control-Comma (,)

    Decrease screen contrast

    Command-Option-Control-Period (.)

    Increase screen contrast

    Command-Question Mark (?) Open the applications help in Help ViewerCommand-Option-/ Turn font smoothing on or offCommand-Shift-= Increase the size of the selected itemCommand-Shift-3 Capture the screen to a fileCommand-Shift-Control-3 Capture the screen to the ClipboardCommand-Shift-4 Capture a selection to a fileCommand-Shift-Control-4 Capture a selection to the Clipboard

    Command-AHighlight every item in a document or window, or all characters in atext field

    Command-B Boldface the selected text or toggle boldfaced text on and offCommand-C Copy the selected data to the ClipboardCommand-Shift-C Display the Colors windowCommand-Option-C Copy the style of the selected text

    Command-Control-CCopy the formatting settings of the selected item and store on theClipboard

    Command-Option-D Show or hide the Dock

    Command-Control-DDisplay the definition of the selected word in the Dictionaryapplication

    Command-D

    Selects the Desktop folder in Open and Save dialogsorSelects Dont Save in dialogs that contain a Dont Save button, inMac OS X v10.6.8 and earlier

    Command-DeleteSelects Dont Save in dialogs that contain a Dont Save button, inOS X Lion and Mountain Lion

    Command-E Use the selection for a findCommand-F Open a Find windowCommand-Option-F Move to the search field controlCommand-G Find the next occurrence of the selectionCommand-Shift-G Find the previous occurrence of the selectionCommand-H Hide the windows of the currently running applicationCommand-Option-H Hide the windows of all other running applicationsCommand-I Italicize the selected text or toggle italic text on or offCommand-Option-I Display an inspector windowCommand-J Scroll to a selectionCommand-M Minimize the active window to the DockCommand-Option-M Minimize all windows of the active application to the DockCommand-N Create a new document in the frontmost application

    Command-ODisplay a dialog for choosing a document to open in the frontmostapplication

    Command-P Display the Print dialog

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  • Command-S Save the active documentCommand-Shift-S Display the Save As dialogCommand-T Display the Fonts windowCommand-Option-T Show or hide a toolbarCommand-U Underline the selected text or turn underlining on or offCommand-V Paste the Clipboard contents at the insertion pointCommand-Option-V Apply the style of one object to the selected object (Paste Style)

    Command-Shift-Option-VApply the style of the surrounding text to the inserted object (Pasteand Match Style)

    Command-Control-VApply formatting settings to the selected object (Paste RulerCommand)

    Command-W Close the frontmost windowCommand-Shift-W Close a file and its associated windowsCommand-Option-W Close all windows in the application without quitting itCommand-X Remove the selection and store in the Clipboard

    Command-ZUndo previous command (some applications allow for multipleUndos)

    Command-Shift-ZRedo previous command (some applications allow for multipleRedos)

    Control-Right Arrow Move focus to another value or cell within a view, such as a tableControl-Left Arrow Move focus to another value or cell within a view, such as a tableControl-Down Arrow Move focus to another value or cell within a view, such as a tableControl-Up Arrow Move focus to another value or cell within a view, such as a tableCommand-Right Arrow Move the text insertion point to the end of the current lineCommand-Left Arrow Move the text insertion point to the beginning of the current lineCommand-Down Arrow Move the text insertion point to the end of the documentCommand-Up Arrow Move the text insertion point to the beginning of the documentOption-Right Arrow Move the text insertion point to the end of the next wordOption-Left Arrow Move the text insertion point to the beginning of the previous wordCommand-Shift-Right Arrow Select text between the insertion point and the end of the current

    line (*)

    Command-Shift-Left ArrowSelect text between the insertion point and the beginning of thecurrent line (*)

    Shift-Right Arrow Extend text selection one character to the right (*)Shift-Left Arrow Extend text selection one character to the left (*)

    Command-Shift-Up ArrowSelect text between the insertion point and the beginning of thedocument (*)

    Command-Shift-Down ArrowSelect text between the insertion point and the end of the document(*)

    Shift-Up ArrowExtend text selection to the line above, to the nearest characterboundary at the same horizontal location (*)

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