Mac OS X Keyboard shortcuts

Right from the beginning I discover myself using the keyboard shortcuts much more with Mac then with my old PC. I don´t know way, yet somehow it senses more natural.

Nevertheless, I would recommend that you learn the most us shortcuts since it will actually save you lots of time and make the use of your Mac easier.

When it comes to the keyboard shortcuts, a lot of the shortcuts on your Mac are almost the same as they are on a Windows PC. Generally you can just swap the Control key for Command key for a lot of the standards.


Fist the modifier keys for shortcuts:

Command key

The Apple/Command key is most used keyboard shortcuts key

Control key


The Control key (Ctrl) on the Mac isn’t used in the same way as the Control key on a Windows PC. It´s most often when your “right-clicking” on your Mac.

Option key

The Option key (Alt ) you most often use to skip words in a document (and highlight words when used in conjunction with the Shift key)

The most essential Keyboard shortcuts

The first and I think the most essential is of course the shortcuts for Copy, Cut and Paste.

Copy = Cmd – C
Cut = Cmd – X
Paste = Cmd – V


This shortcuts you can use in almost all programs. 
Print = Cmd – P
The print function can be used to more than only printing. Here is how you can combine different documents into one PDF file in Mac. Click her…

Opening a file or document: 

Chances are you’ve opened a file or program on your Windows desktop by selecting the file and then hitting the Enter key to launch it.

The problem is, when you do the same thing on your Mac, your Mac thinks you want to rename the file instead of open it (strains, don’t ask me why).
If you want to open the file, you have to hit Cmd – O (for open).

Backspace vs. Delete: 

On Macs, the Backspace key as you know it is called Delete.

If you want to delete a file or folder using your keyboard, select the file and press Cmd – Delete. The file or folder will then be deleted to the Trash.

Closing windows and apps:

in Windows when you close the last open window from a program, that program quits. Things work differently in the Mac world.

Cmd – W will close the active window. However, unlike the Windows world – once you’ve closed the last window of an application, the app continues to run.
If you actually want to quit a Mac app, you hit Cmd – Q (for Quit).

When you first start working on a Mac, you’ll want to keep this in mind so you don’t end up wasting your system memory on several apps you’re not using.

Switching Windows:

Using Cmd – Tab will allow you two switch between running applications


Cmd – M Will let you minimize a window to the dock.

To bring it back just click on the application on the dock.

Alternatively, you can also Hide an application by pressing Cmd – H.
Using Hide the command will make the application windows disappear from your view until you switch back to the application.

The difference between a Minimize and a Hide is that hiding an application hides every window of that app, and it does not push anything to the Dock. Instead, all application windows disappear from your view until you switch back to the application.

To bring the hidden application back you most use Cmd – Tab 

Force Quit:force-quit

If a program freezes on your Mac you can hit Cmd – Alt – Escape.

This brings up the Force Quit dialog. For her you can choose whit’s program to force to quit. (Its similar to the Ctrl-Alt-Delete function on a windows PC)


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