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For years Ive collected these keystrokes.

I hope they help you become the


power user that lies within. They have been tested in Mac OS X El Capitan
(Mac OS 10.11) but most should work on other versions of Mac OS (10.10
Yosemite, 10.9 Mavericks, 10.8 Mountain Lion, etc.).
Menu Symbols
Symbol

Key on Keyboard
Command (or Cmd)
Like the Control key on Windows/PC. Formerly known as
the Apple key.
Option (like Alt on Windows/PC)
Shift
Control (Control-click = Right-click)
Tab
Return
Enter (on Number Pad)
Eject
Escape
Page Up
Page Down
Home
End
Arrow Keys
Delete Left (like Backspace on Windows/PC)
Delete Right (also called Forward Delete)

Finder
Action

Keystroke

Open Sidebar item in a new Tab


or Window (depending on
Finder Preferences)

Cmd-Click

Action

Keystroke

Switch Finder views


(Icon, List, Column, Cover Flow)

Cmd-1, Cmd-2, Cmd-3, Cmd4

In List view, expand a folder

Right Arrow

In List view, collapse a folder

Left Arrow

Rename the selected file/folder

Press Return (or Enter)

Go into selected folder or open


the selected file

Cmd-Down Arrow

Go to parent folder

Cmd-Up Arrow

Go Back

Cmd-[

Go Forward

Cmd-]

Select the next icon in Icon and


List views

Tab (Shift-Tab reverses


direction)

Alternate columns in Column


View

Tab (Shift-Tab reverses


direction)

Resize one column to fit the


longest file name (Column View)

Double-Click column divider


(or the resize widget at the
bottom of the column
divider, depending on your
setup)

Resize all columns to fit their


longest file names
(Column View)

Option Double-Click column


divider (or the resize widget
at the bottom of the column
divider, depending on your
setup)

Copy and Paste files

Cmd-C, then Cmd-V

Copy and Paste files Exactly


(Keeps original ownership &
permissions. Requires Admin
username & password.)

Cmd-C, then Cmd-OptionShift-V

Cut and Paste files (Move files)

Cmd-C, then Cmd-OptionV

Move a file instead of copying

Cmd-Drag file to disk

Action

Keystroke

(Copies to the destination and


removes it from the original
disk.)
Immediately Delete a File (does
not put file in Trash)

Cmd-OptDelete

Move selected files to the Trash


(called the Recycle Bin
in Windows)

Cmd-Delete

Empty the Trash with warning


(like emptying Recycle Bin in
Windows)

Cmd-Shift-Delete

Empty the Trash with no warning


(like emptying Recycle Bin in
Windows)

Cmd-Opt-Shift-Delete

Cancel a drag-n-drop action


while in the midst of dragging

Esc

Show Inspector (a single, live


refreshing Info window)

Cmd-Opt-I

Undo the last action (such as


rename file, copy file, etc.)

Cmd-Z

Hide/Show Sidebar (on the left)

Cmd-Opt-S

Hide/Show Toolbar (on the top)


and the Sidebar

Cmd-Opt-T

Move or Remove item in toolbar


(at the top of the window).
Works in most programs.

Cmd-Drag

Open Quick Look (Previews most


types of files without having to
open them)

Press the Spacebar (or CmdY). On a trackpad can also


tap with 3 fingers.

Zoom In/Out in Quick Look


(Images & PDFs)

Pinch on a trackpad or hold


Opt while scrolling. For
images, hold Option to zoom
to 100%.

Action

Keystroke

Find Files

Cmd-F

App Switcher
Action

Keystroke

Quickly switch
between 2 apps
(like Safari & Finder)

Press Cmd-Tab to switch to last used app.


Press Cmd-Tab again to switch back.

Switch between apps

Press Cmd-Tab & continue holding Cmd.


While holding Cmd, to choose which app
you want to switch to:
press Tab (multiple times as
needed) to scroll right
press Tilde(~) or Shift-Tab to scroll
left
press Left/Right Arrow keys
aim with the mouse
press End/Home key to go to
first/last app

Quit an app in the


app switcher

In the app switcher, youre already


holding Cmd, so hit Q to quit
selected app.

Hide an app in the


app switcher

In the app switcher, youre already


holding Cmd, so hit H to hide selected
app.

Cancel the app


switcher

In the app switcher, youre already


holding Cmd, so hit Esc or period(.)

Managing Windows & Dialogs


Action

Keystroke

Switch to next window

Cmd-Tilde(~)

Switch to previous window

Cmd-Shift-Tilde(~)

See where the File/Folder is


located (a menu will pop-up
displaying the folder hierarchy).
Works in most programs,
including the Finder.

Cmd-Click on name of the


window (in the titlebar)

Move a window in the

Cmd-Drag on the windows

Action

Keystroke

background without switching to


it.

titlebar

Choose Dont Save in a Dialog

Cmd-D in some apps, but


other apps use Cmd-Delete
(Cmd-D will change the
location to the Desktop)

Dock
Action

Keystroke

Hide all other applications (except


the one you're clicking on)

Command-Option click an
Apps icon in Dock

Reveal a Dock items location in


the Finder

Command Click on the icon


in the Dock

Force a file to open in a specific


app

While dragging the file onto


an apps icon in the Dock,
hold Command-Option

In an Apps Dock menu change


the Quit to Force Quit (Click &
hold on an App in the Dock to
show the menu)

Hold Option while in Dock


menu

Move Dock to left, bottom, right


side of screen

Hold Shift and drag Dock


divider

Change the icon size of a stack


(must be the grid view)

Cmd-plus(+) or Cmdminus()

Temporarily turn magnification


on/of

Hold Control-Shift

Force the Dock to only resize to


non-interpolated icon sizes

Hold Option while dragging


Dock separator

Dashboard
Action

Keystroke

Close a widget without having


to open the widget dock

Hold Option and hover over


widget (close box will appear)

Reload/Refresh a widget

Cmd-R

Working with Text Only work in some apps (Safari, Mail, TextEdit, etc.)

Action

Keystroke

Go to end of line

Cmd-right arrow

Go to beginning of line

Cmd-left arrow

Go to end of all the text

Cmd-down arrow

Go to beginning of all
the text

Cmd-up arrow

Go to end of current or
next word

Option-right arrow

Go to beginning of
current or previous
word

Option-left arrow

Add Shift to the above keystrokes to make a selection to


that point.
On Laptops: Delete Text
to the right of the
cursor (like the Del key
on a full keyboard)

Function(fn)-Delete

Non-touching
(Discontinuous) text
selections

Command-drag

Select non-linear areas

Option-drag

Delete entire word to


the left

Opt-Delete

Paste and Match Style


(so it looks the same as
the text you are
pasting into)

CmdOpt-ShiftV

Look up word in
dictionary

Mouse over a word and hit Cmd-Ctrl-D


(Or on a trackpad use 3 fingers to tap
on a word)

Display Emoji pop-up

Command-Control-Space (You can


then start typing to search the list of
Emojis)

Action

Keystroke

Display
Special/Alternate
Characters

Hold any key. Example: Holding the


A key will display etc. You can
press the corresponding number
under the character you want to type
to choose it (or arrow over to it).

Auto completion word

Start typing the word. Press Esc (or


F5) to open suggested word list

Switch to Outline Mode


in TextEdit

Press Option-Tab to convert the


current line into a list item
Press Return to create another
list item
Press Tab at the start of a blank
list item to indent it, creating a
sublist
Press Shift-Tab to remove a level
of indention
Press Return twice to decrease
the indent, exiting the current
sublist/list

Screenshots Saved to the Desktop as a PNG file.


Action

Keystroke

Take picture of the


entire screen

Cmd-Shift-3

Take picture of a
selected area

Cmd-Shift-4 and Drag over an area


While dragging:
Hold Spacebar to move selected
area.
Hold Shift to change size in one
direction only (horizontal or
vertical)
Hold Option for center-based
resizing.

Take picture of a
specific window/object

Cmd-Shift-4, then press Spacebar, then


Click on the window/object

Hold Control with any of the above keystrokes to copy the


screenshot to the clipboard instead of making a file.
Spotlight

Action

Keystroke

Show Spotlight
Search

Cmd-Space

Open Spotlight Finder


Search Window

Cmd-Option-Space

Launch Top Hit (in the


Menu)

Return

Reveal selected item


in Finder

In Spotlight Search: Press Cmd-Return


In Finder Window: Press Cmd-R

Skip to first result in a


category

Cmd Up/Down Arrow

Look up the definition


of a word

Type the word in Spotlight menus


search field and hit CmdL to look it up.

Clear Spotlight
Search

Esc clears to do another search.


Esc a second time closes Spotlight.

Mission Control
Action

Keystroke

Enter Mission Control

Ctrl-Up Arrow

Move to a neighboring
space or full screen app

Ctrl-Left or Right Arrow

View Windows in the


Current App

Ctrl-Down Arrow

Show Desktop

F11 (may need to hold the fn buton on


some keyboards)

Show Dashboard

F12 (may need to hold the fn buton on


some keyboards) or the dedicated
Dashboard key

Startup, Restart, Shutdown & Sleep


Action

Keystroke

Eject CD on boot

Hold Mouse button down


immediately after powering on

Safe boot

Hold Shift during startup

Action

Keystroke

Start up in FireWire Target


Disk mode

Hold T during startup

Startup from a CD, DVD

Hold C during startup

Bypass primary startup


volume and seek a diferent
startup volume (CD, etc.)

Hold Cmd-Opt-Shift-Delete during


startup

Choose Startup disk before


booting

Hold Option during startup

Start up in Verbose mode

Hold Cmd-V during startup

Start up in Single-User
mode (command line)

Hold Cmd-S during startup

Shutdown immediately (no


confirmation)

Hold Cmd-Opt-Ctrl and press the


Eject key or Power button

Restart immediately (no


confirmation)

Cmd-Ctrl-Eject

Forced Restart (only do this


when absolutely needed)

Cmd-Ctrl-Power button

Sleep immediately (no


confirmation)

Press the Power button (or hit


Cmd-Opt-Eject)

Show Dialog with Restart,


Sleep & Shutdown Options

Hold Ctrl and press the Eject key


or Power button (or hold the
Power button for a few seconds
and the dialog will appear)

Put display to sleep

Hold Ctrl-Shift and press the Eject


key or Power button

Safari
Action

Keystroke

Highlight URL/Search Field (at


top of window)

CmdL

Switch to Next Tab

Ctrl-Tab (or Cmd-Shift-Right


Arrow)

Action

Keystroke

Switch to Previous Tab

Ctrl-Shift-Tab (or Cmd-Shift-Left


Arrow)

Switch tabs: jump directly to


the first tab, second tab, etc.
(If you change the preference,
this will go to one of the first 9
bookmarks in the Bookmarks
Bar.)

Cmd-1 through Cmd-9

Move between found items

Cmd-F, enter your search text


and Press:
Return to Move Forward
Shift-Return to Move Backward

Cancel current Find

Press Escape or Cmd-Period(.)

Scroll by one full screen

Scroll Down: Spacebar or


OptionDown Arrow
Scroll Up: ShiftSpacebar or
Option-Up Arrow

Open Link in New Tab (in the


background)

CmdClick a link

Open Link in New Window

CmdOptShift Click a link

Add to Reading List

ShiftClick a link

Apple Mail
Action

Keystroke

Send Message

CmdShiftD
(remember as D =
Deliver)

Reply to Message

CmdR or OptDouble
Click Message

Reply All

CmdShiftR

Go to Inbox

Cmd1

Go to other mailboxes in your favorites


bar

Cmd2, 3, etc.

Action

Keystroke

Prevent the next message from being


automatically selected & marked
as read

OptDelete

Preview
Action

Keystroke

Zoom In or Out

Cmd-Plus(+) or Cmd-Minus(-)

Zoom to Actual Size

Cmd-0

Zoom to Fit

Cmd-9

Miscellaneous
Action

Keystroke

Force Quit (displayed list of


apps)

Cmd-Opt-Esc

Scroll using a Trackpad (like a


mouses scroll wheel)

Slide 2 fingers on the


trackpad

Right-click using a Trackpad (like


on a 2 button mouse)

Place 2 fingers on the


trackpad and Click

Quickly find any menu item and


launch it.

1. Press Cmd-? which is


Cmd-Shift-/
2. In the Help menu
Search that opens,
start typing a few
letters of your desired
menu command.
3. Arrow key down to the
item you want and
press Return to choose
it.

If an app re-opens with the


windows that were open when
you last quit it, you can tell it not
to re-open the windows.

Hold Shift while launching an


app

Turn of notifications (turn on Do


Not Disturb)

Option-click the Notification


Center icon in menu bar to
toggle notifications of/on

Action

Keystroke

Change system volume in


smaller increments

Hold OptShift while


changing volume

Change system volume with


confirmation beeps

Hold Shift while changing


volume (prior to Yosemite
this would disable the beeps)

Turn display mirroring on/of


(when connected to an
additional display)

CommandBrightness Down
(F1)

Completely smooth scrolling,


one pixel at a time (does not
work in all apps)

Hold Option while dragging


scrollbar

Open Sound panel of System


Preferences

Press Option and a Sound


key (Mute, Volume Up
or Down)

Open Displays panel of System


Preferences

Press Option and a


Brightness key

Customize the toolbar at the top


of a window. Works in the Finder,
Apple Mail, Preview, etc. but not
some apps, like Firefox.

Cmd drag icons to


rearrange.
Cmd drag icon of
toolbar to remove.
Ctrl-click toolbar and
choose Customize for
more options.

Move the Terminal cursor with


the mouse

Optionclick where youd like


the cursor

Change Terminal Directory to a


specific folder (cd into the folder)

Cmd-Drag a folder onto the


Terminal Window

Emacs Key Bindings Only work in some apps (Safari, Mail, TextEdit, etc.)
Keystr
oke

Remember
As

Go to start of line (move cursor to


start of line)

Ctrl-A

A = Start of
alphabet

Go to end of line (move cursor to


end of line)

Ctrl-E

E = End

Action

Action

Keystr
oke

Remember
As

Go up one line

Ctrl-P

P = Previous

Go down one line

Ctrl-N

N = Next

Go back a character (move cursor


left)

Ctrl-B

B = Back

Go forward a character (move cursor


right)

Ctrl-F

F = Forward

Delete the character to the right of


the cursor

Ctrl-D

D = Delete

Delete the character to the left of


the cursor

Ctrl-H

Delete the selection or to the end of


the line (acts like cutting the text)

Ctrl-K

K = Kill

Yank back the killed text (acts like


pasting)

Ctrl-Y

Y = Yank

Scroll down

Ctrl-V

Center the current line in the window

Ctrl-L

Insert line break after the cursor


without moving the cursor

Ctrl-O

Transpose letters (swaps letters on


left and right of cursor)

Ctrl-T

T=
Transpose