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Handy Mac Keyboard Shortcuts to Improve Efficiency

Many of us tend to rely on our mouse when it comes to telling our computers what to do, but what if we told you that you could achieve more in less time by tapping your keys, instead? Learning some of the core keyboard shortcuts on a Mac can seriously enhance your productivity when at home or in the office.

Written by Courtney Farrow

March 2018

Unlock your keyboard's potential.

Many of us tend to rely on our mouse when it comes to telling our computers what to do, but what if we told you that you could achieve more in less time by tapping your keys, instead? Learning some of the core keyboard shortcuts on a Mac can seriously enhance your productivity when at home or in the office.

Navigation made easy.

Finding your way around an Apple machine can be quite daunting, especially if you’ve recently switched from a Windows computer. However, there are some simple keyboard hacks that can allow you to find exactly what you need quickly.

The Spotlight tool is a prime example of this. Simply hit Command (⌘) + Spacebar and you can now search for everything that is stored on your Mac and beyond, such as files, applications, definitions and even web pages. Command (⌘) + Enter opens the top hit and Command (⌘) + Click reveals the item in Finder.

Although highly practical, the Dock can make your screen seem cluttered and cramped. Hit Command (⌘) + Option + D and you can toggle between hiding and revealing the bar.

Finally, you can flick through apps like you would the pages of a notebook by using Command (⌘) + Tab. Nifty, huh?

Process words swiftly.

Word processing plays a central role in most of our jobs and daily activities. Knowing these effortless key combinations can help you to type and edit even faster.

For example, Option (⌥) + an arrow key enables you to leap one word at a time in your chosen direction. Meanwhile, Shift + an arrow key allows you to select text. Add Option (⌥) to that combo and you’ll be able to highlight whole words at a time.

To top all of that, Command (⌘) + A is an alternative to Select All, whether it’s a page of text or file full of images.

Similar to Windows, Command (⌘) + X, Command (⌘) + C and Command (⌘) + V lets users cut, copy and paste text.

Likewise, if you’re struggling to find a specific word or phrase, Command (⌘) + F brings up a little search box that scans your document or page for the term.

Promptly close windows.

If you have recently switched from a Windows computer, you’ll have noticed how different it is to fully close applications on a Mac. Not only is the ‘X’ on the opposite side of your screen, but clicking that little red button doesn’t actually quit the programme.

Command (⌘) + Q is a fast way to shut down applications and windows. In addition to this, you can close the window with Command (⌘) + W and hide a window by striking Command (⌘) + H. Mastering these commands can help you take back control of your desktop.


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