Know Your Mac – Shortcuts

There is an old adage to “work smarter, not harder” to attain the success you desire. This is especially important in your general workflow and if you’re working on a Mac like I am, there is a chance that there are some smart shortcuts you may not have gotten the official memo about. Computer gurus scoff if you must, but while some of us have mastered the golden keystroke combos such as -A (select all), -C (copy), -V (paste), -X (delete), etcetera we need practice at the entire secret handshake. Feed your inner geek and get a leg up on productivity with some of my favorite shortcuts below.

 Important Symbols:

         ⌘        Command key- also called the apple key              ⌃       Control key    

         ⌥      Option key – “Alt” may also appear on this key       ⇧  Shift key        

         ⇪       Caps Lock

Key/Keystroke Combination

Action

 

 

-3

Takes a screenshot (entire current screen) and saves to
desktop

-3

Copy a screenshot to the clipboard

-4

Brings up crosshairs so you can draw a selection box
around the part of the screen you would like to take a screenshot of, then saves to desktop **want to capture an entire window? Click tab or space bar after combination and click the desired window.**

-4

Copy the screenshot of the selected area to the clipboard

-tab

Allows you to tab through and select another open window

-spacebar

Opens the spotlight field

-escape

Allows you to force quit an application that may be stalled

-I

Click on any folder/file and then this keystroke sequence to bring up the quick and dirty informational highlights

-I

Opens Inspector

-M

Minimizes current window

-N

Create a new folder

-N

Opens new window if in Finder/Internet, opens new file in
designated software programs (Word, Excel, Adobe Creative Suite, etc.)

-H

When minimizing isn’t enough (look out here comes the boss!)this hides the window you are currently in

Delete

Move to Trash

-Delete

Empty Trash

-Delete

Empty Trash without confirmation dialogue

-T

Add to the sidebar

-H

Add to favorites

-W

Close window

-W

Close all windows

-[

Back

-]

Forward

Learn more about and set your shortcut preferences by going to System Preferences > Keyboard > Keyboard Shortcuts.

And one final little tip: Spotlight now (as in with OS X Leopard) does math! No calculator handy? Just open spotlight and then type in your basic math problem and the answer appears below. Just remember * for multiplication, / for divide, and the standard + – for add and subtract.

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