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