Keyboard Shortcuts for macOS

Text Navigation, Selection, and Editing

  1. Home / End: Command ( ⌘ ) + up arrow / down arrow
  2. Page up / down: Option ( ⌥ ) + up arrow / down arrow
  3. Beginning of line / End of line: Command ( ⌘ ) + left arrow / right arrow
  4. Previous word / Next word: Option ( ⌥ ) + left arrow / right arrow
  5. Select all: Command ( ⌘ ) + A
  6. Select from cursor to previous word / next word: Shift ( ⇧ ) + left arrow / right arrow
  7. Select from cursor to beginning of line / end of line: Command ( ⌘ ) + Shift ( ⇧ ) + left arrow / right arrow
  8. Select from cursor to beginning of document / end of document: Command ( ⌘ ) + Shift ( ⇧ ) + up arrow / down arrow
  9. Cut / Copy / Paste: Command ( ⌘ ) + X / C / V
  10. Undo / Redo: Command ( ⌘ ) + Z / Y
  11. Check Spelling and Grammar: Shift ( ⇧ ) + Command ( ⌘ ) + Colon ( : )

Applications

  1. Quit application: Command ( ⌘ ) + Q
  2. Switch between applications: Command ( ⌘ ) + Tab
  3. Switch between windows in the same application: Command ( ⌘ ) + Backquote ( ` )
  4. Open Preferences for the Active App: Command ( ⌘ ) + Comma ( , )
  5. Open new document or window: Command ( ⌘ ) + N
  6. Close Window: Command ( ⌘ ) + W
  7. Zoom in or out of a Safari window: Command ( ⌘ ) + Plus Sign ( + ) or Command ( ⌘ ) + Minus Sign ( – )
  8. Expanding Save As Dialog in Finder: Command ( ⌘ ) + (“Cmd+”)
  9. Open new tab in Chrome: Command ( ⌘ ) + T
  10. Chrome history: Command ( ⌘ ) + Y or Command ( ⌘ ) + Shift ( ⇧ ) + H

Folders

  1. Open Desktop Folder: Command ( ⌘ ) + Shift ( ⇧ ) + D
  2. Open Documents Folder: Command ( ⌘ ) + Shift ( ⇧ ) + O
  3. Open Utilities: Command ( ⌘ ) + Shift ( ⇧ ) + U
  4. Open iCloud Drive from the Finder: Command ( ⌘ ) + Shift ( ⇧ ) + I
  5. View a Quick Look Slideshow of Selected Files: Option ( ⌥ ) + Command ( ⌘ ) + Y
  6. Jump to the AirDrop Folder on Your Mac From The Finder: Command ( ⌘ ) + Shift ( ⇧ ) + R
  7. Empty Trash with no confirmation: Command ( ⌘ ) + Shift ( ⇧ ) + Option ( ⌥ ) + Delete

System

  1. Spotlight Search: Command ( ⌘ ) + space bar
  2. Select and Launch Apps with your Keyboard: F4 (Launchpad) + Arrow Keys
  3. Lock Screen: Command ( ⌘ ) + Control ( ⌃ ) + Q
    1. Keyboards with Eject ( ) button: Command ( ⌘ ) + Control ( ⌃ ) + Eject (  )
  4. Log Out of your macOS user account: Shift ( ⇧ ) + Command ( ⌘ ) + Q
    1. Bypass the log out dialog: Option ( ⌥ ) + Shift ( ⇧ ) + Command ( ⌘ ) + Q
  5. Force Quit an application: Command ( ⌘ ) + Option ( ⌥ ) + Esc
  6. Hide or Show the Dock: Command ( ⌘ ) + Option ( ⌥ ) + D
  7. Display and Control Accessibility: Option ( ⌥ ) + Command ( ⌘ ) + F5

Other

  1. Get details on any word: Command ( ⌘ ) + Control ( ⌃ ) + D
  2. Finder QuickView: Space bar
  3. Take a screenshot of the entire desktop: Command ( ⌘ ) + Shift ( ⇧ ) + 3
  4. Take a screenshot of an application: Command ( ⌘ ) + Shift ( ⇧ ) + 4
    1. Press the spacebar to toggle between draw and select

[Most of these are learned and/or from memory while others were compiled and abbreviated from the excellent articles “15 macOS Keyboard Shortcuts To Improve Your Productivity” and “Ten More macOS Keyboard Shortcuts to Improve Productivity” published 2017/10/13 and 2017/10/20 respectively.]

Other resources to consult:

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~ by bwsd on November 22, 2017.

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