Keyboard Shortcuts that Will Turn You Into an OS X Power User

You can get more done in less time by using keyboard shortcuts on your Mac.

Keyboard shortcuts are, by definition, a combination of keys you can push to accomplish a task that would normally require a mouse or laptop mouse touchpad. Instead of scrolling with a mouse from the bottom of your screen to the top, a keyboard shortcut can take you there in an instant, saving you a bit of time and a lot of wear and tear on your already overworked wrists.

25 keyboard shortcuts

OS X keyboard

We’ve all been using our keyboards to shortcut the process of copying and pasting, but there’s so much more you can do, including:


  1. Command + comma: Opens Preferences in whatever app you’re using.
  2. Command + M: Minimizes the front window to the Dock.
  3. Command + up arrow: Quickly scrolls to the top of any web page.
  4. Command + down arrow: Moves your view to the bottom of any web page.
  5. Command + Open + d: Show or hides the Dock.
  6. Command + q: Quit any program.
  7. Command + f: Search through documents, web pages, Reminders, Mail, Applications, etc.
  8. Command + Option +Esc: Force quit apps that stop responding.
  9. Command + h: Hide any window quickly.
  10. Command + Shift + Delete: Clears Trash and/or browser history.
  11. Command + Option + Delete: Deletes file without putting it in the Trash.
  12. Command + r: Reload a widget in Dashboard.
  13. Command + Control + spacebar: Brings up emoji dialogue.
  14. Command + Shift + 3: Take a screenshot of your entire screen.
  15. Command + Shift + 4: Take screenshot of select area.
  16. Command + spacebar: Opens Spotlight search.
  17. Control + Up arrow: Enters Mission Control mode.
  18. F11 + fn: Shows Desktop.
  19. F12 + fn: Shows Dashboard view.
  20. Command + Control + Power button: Forced restart.
  21. Hold Power button down: Puts Mac to sleep on demand.
  22. Option + click Notifications tab: Turns off notifications and turns on Do Not Disturb.
  23. Command + F1: Turns brightness down on additional displays.
  24. Option + F9: Opens Sound panel in System Preferences.
  25. Option + F2: Opens Display panel in System Preferences.
Posted by Jodi Jae on May 16, 2016

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