General Keyboard Shortcut Commands for Mac OS
New Finder window: Command N
Up one folder level: Command Up Arrow
Open selected folder: Command Down Arrow
Back: Command left bracket
Forward: Command right bracket
Direct Folder Access
Open the Applications folder: Command Shift A
Open the Computer folder: Command Shift C
Open desktop folder: Command Shift D
Go to Folder: Command Shift G
Open the Home folder of the currently logged-in user account: Command Shift H
Select all (e.g. all text, or all items in the front Finder window): Command A
Copy selected item/text: Command C
Paste: Command V
Cut: Command X
Undo: Command Z
Redo: Command Shift Z
Move to Trash: Command Delete (or Command Backspace)
Move focus to the menu bar: Control-F2, or Control-Function-2 if you're using a Mac with a Touch Bar
Move focus to the Dock: Control F 3, or Control Function 3 if you're using a Mac with a Touch Bar
Move forward to the next most recently used application in a list of open applications: Command Tab
Minimize window: Command M
View as List: Command 2
Open selected item: Command O
Open Mac Help or current application help: Command question mark
Spotlight: Command Spacebar
Find any matching Spotlight attribute: Command F
Closing and Quitting
Close window: Command W
Eject: Command E
Force Quit (Equivalent of Ctrl-Alt-Delete): Command Option Esc
Force Quit front-most application: Command Shift Option Esc
Application and other MacOS keyboard commands
Note: Some applications may not support all of the below application key combinations.
New document: Command N
Open document: Command O
Save the active document: Command S
Duplicate the active document: Command Shift S
Print dialog: Command P
Display a dialog for specifying printing parameters (Page Setup): Command Shift P
Quit application: Command Q
End of the current line: Command Right Arrow
Beginning of the current line: Command Left Arrow
Beginning of the document: Command Up Arrow
End of the document: Command Down Arrow
End of the current word: Option right arrow
Beginning of the current word: Option Left Arrow
End of the current paragraph: Option Down Arrow
Beginning of the current paragraph: Option Up Arrow
Pressing Shift with these shortcuts selects the text between where the cursor starts and ends.
Decrease the size of the selected item: Command dash
Increase the size of the selected item: Command Shift equals
Boldface the selected text or toggle boldfaced text on and off: Command B
Underline the selected text or turn underlining on or off: Command U
Italicize the selected text or toggle italic text on or off: Command I
Display the Fonts window: Command T
Left-align a selection: Command left brace
Right-align a selection: Command right brace
Center-align a selection: Command Shift backslash
Display the Spelling window: Command Shift semicolon
Open a Find window: Command F
Open an application's preferences window (if it supports this keyboard shortcut): Command comma
For a more comprehensive listing of shortcuts check out this Apple Support article.
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First,I want to thank you for all the very helpful podcasts and articles you put on Applevis.
When I learned to use VoiceOver on the Mac, I was aware of many of these general commands already. But I think that many new blind Mac users somehow get the impression that all there is, is VO commands which makes life very complicated.
I wish that the VoiceOver Help could add this list of general commands somewhere so that it'd be easier to find them.
Thank you again for these cool lists of tips.
Is there a way to work out any shortcuts for fast shutdown in Mac Air? I don't know whether this eject button you've mentioned here is present in Mac air. Am I to assume that the button at the top right corner to turn on / sleep the mac can be used in place of Eject?
If you simply press and hold the upper top right key on the keyboard, it will bring up the shut down menu.
Hello all. I'm running the first update to OS X El Capitan, and I'm happy to report that the Apple support article linked to in this post reads just fine on my mid-2013 MBA. However, I'm wondering if there's another shortcut for sorting music in iTunes. I attempted to do this using Command-I for the Info dialog, but every time I sort stuff that I've titled manually the order of things gets screwed up somehow. Or is this just a drag-and-drop thing? In addition, is there a VO shortcut for accessing the iTunes trash? I inadvertently deleted a song which is part of a soundtrack that I like, and I want to put it back if at all possible. I even asked my sister who is also a VoiceOver user, but she didn't know. I'd be happy to drag and drop if necessary, but just wondering about this. Otherwise great job as always, and I'm happy with El Capitan thus far.
Thank you so much! That works like a charm.
I'm using multiple languages on my keyboard and so the default language switcher short-cut has overridden the usual key stroke to call spotlight. I. e. Command + space bar. I saw there's an option to call spotlight using down arrow in the spotlight tab of the system preferences but I don't like to have it that way because it is a bit annoying to find that spotlight popping up every time I press down arrow. Is there a work around in this situation for me to change the default short-cut for language switching to something else like command + shift as in the case of language switching in Windows or it would be good even if I could change the short-cut key for spotlight to something else.
Can anybody suggest a work-around please?