Useful Mac OS X Keyboard Shortcuts

Using keyboard shortcuts surely makes your work easier, and these useful Mac OS X keyboard shortcuts will do the same. We have already shared some Windows 7 keyboard shortcuts.

Below is the list of useful keyboard shortcuts for Mac OS X ( category wise in alphabetical order ):


Command+C = Copy

Command+V = Paste

Command+X = Cut

Command+A = Select All


F9 = Show all open windows on the screen at once

F10 = Show all windows for the current application.

F11 = Shows Desktop

F12 = Activates Dashboard

F12 (hold) = ejects disk

Finder Navigation

Command+N = New Finder window

Command+W = Close Window

Opt+Command+W = Close all Windows

Command+Down = Open File/Folder

Command+Up = Navigate to parent

Command+Right = Expand folder (in list view)

Command+Left = Collapse Folder (in list view)

Opt+Command+Right = Expand folder and its subfolders (in list view)

Opt+Command+Up = Open parent folder and close current window

Command+Shift+H = Jump to your Home folder

Command+Shift+A = Jump to your Applications folder

Command+Shift U = Jump to your Utilities folder

Command+Shift K = Jump to the Network browser

Command+Shift G = Goto Folder…

Command+1 = View as Icons

Command+2 = View as List

Command+3 = View as Columns

Command+Space = Open Spotlight

Command+Delete = Move file/folder to trash

Command+Click window title = Display the file path

Menu Commands

Shift+Command+Q = Log out

Shift+Opt+Command+Q = Log out immediately

Shift+Command+Delete = Empty Trash

Opt+Shift+Command+Delete = Empty Trash without dialog

Command+H = Hide window

Opt+Command+H = Hide Others

Command+N = File New window

Shift+Command+N = New Folder

Command+O = Open

Command+S = Save

Shift+Command+S = Save as

Command+P = Print

Command+W = Close Window

Opt+Command+W = Close all Windows

Command+I = Get Info

Opt+Command+I = Show Attributes Inspector

Command+D = Duplicate

Command+L = Make Alias

Command+R = Show original

Command+T = Add to Favorites

Command+Delete = Move to Trash

Command+E = Eject

Command+F = Find

Command+Z = Undo

Command+B = Hide Toolbar

Command+J = Show View Opts

Command = [ = Go Back

Command = ] = Go Forward

Shift+Command+C = Go to Computer

Shift+Command+H = Go to your Home folder

Shift+Command+I = Go to iDisk

Shift+Command+A = Go to Applications folder

Shift+Command+G = Go to Go+To Folder

Command+K = Connect to Server

Command+M = Minimize Window

Command+? = Open Mac Help

Command+Space = Open Spotlight

Screen capture

Command+Shift 3 = Capture the screen to a file

Command Ctrl Shift 3 = Capture the screen to the clipboard

Command+Shift 4 = Select an area to be captured to a file

Command Ctrl Shift 4 = Select an area to be captured to the clipboard

Command+Shift 4+ Space = Capture entire window

Start up hot+keys

X = Force Mac OS X startup

C = Start up from a bootable CD

N = Attempt to start up from a compatible network server (NetBoot)

T = Start up in FireWire Target Disk mode

Opt+Command+Shift+Delete = Seeks a different startup volume

Shift = Start up in Safe Boot mode

Command+V = Start up in Verbose mode

Command+S = Start up in Single+User mode

Command+Opt+Esc = Force Quit menu

Command+Opt+D = Show/hide the dock

Ctrl+Eject = Bring up Shutdown/Sleep/Logout Dialog

Ctrl+Command+Eject = Restart immediately

Universal Access

Opt+Command+* = Turn on Zoom

Opt+Command++ = Zoom in

Opt+Command– (minus) = Zoom out

Command+Opt+Ctrl+8 = Invert Screen colors

Window Management

Command+W = Close window

Command+Opt+W = Close all windows

Command+M = Minimise window

Command+Opt+M = Minimise all windows

Command+H = Hide Application

Command+~ = Cycle through windows for current application

Ctrl+F4 = Cycle through every open window

Command+Tab = Bring up the Application Switcher.

Command+Tab = Cycle Forwards

Command+~ = Cycle Backwards

Command+Shift+Tab = Cycle Backwards

Command+Q = Quit application


Opt+Command+D = Show/Hide Dock

Ctrl+Up = Move up one page

Ctrl+Down = Move down one page

Opt+Drag = Copy to new location

Opt+Command+Drag = Make alias in new location

Command+Drag = Move to new location without copying

Opt+Command+Eject = Sleep

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December 16, 2010 by: Prasanth Chandra

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