Mac keyboard commands: HERE ARE THINGS TO KNOW

Mac keyboard commands: HERE ARE THINGS TO KNOW


Mac quick commands: here are all you need to know. If you have a Mac, here is the complete list of quick commands and keyboard combinations to know

Mac keyboard commands


Do you work with an Apple computer? Make your life easier with our directions.

You just bought a Mac or have you been using one for a long time? It makes no difference!

Whether you have been a Mac user for years, or that you have just started to get closer to the world of Mac, you must absolutely know Mac keyboard shortcuts which allow you to perform an avalanche of operations in an extremely comfortable and fast way.


The keyboard shortcuts, as you can easily guess, they are key combinations which, if pressed, allow you to reach a certain goal quickly and directly.

You probably already know this but also on Mac, like on Windows, some key combinations allow you to perform operations that normally require a mouse, trackpad or other input device.

To use a keyboard abbreviation, as we will see in our guide, one or more modifier keys must be kept pressed: for example, to use Command-C (Copy) hold down the Command key, then the C key, then release both keys.

Mac menus and keyboards often use symbols for certain keys, including modifier keys. Among the most used are:

  • Command (or Cmd)
  • Shift
  • Option (or Alt)
  • Control (or Ctrl)
  • Caps Lock
  • Fn


Starting from space bar, left and right c CMD (or Command), also identified by the symbol.

Then, always mirroring each other, there are the ALT (or Option) keys with the symbol.

To the left of the alt, the button CTRL (or Control).

Still on the left side of the keyboard, the key TAB has as symbol a horizontal arrow followed by a vertical bar and is located at the top, just below the number 1 button.

Of keys SHIFT there are his, one on the left and one on the right, and have as a symbol a large arrow pointing to the other ().

At the top right is the eject button (Eject), marked with the symbol ⏏.

Finally, on the right side of the keyboard, Delete, indicated with an arrow to the left.

Well, now that we know the keys, we learn the tricks and, without wasting time, let's go and see what are the Mac quick commands that you absolutely must memorize to increase your productivity and perform operations at the speed of light with your Mac computer!


  • Control-Alt-Command-power button: closes all open apps and programs
  • Alt-Shift-Command-Q: log out of your user account
  • Alt-Delete: delete the word to the left of the cursor
  • Alt-arrow LEFT: move the cursor to the beginning of the previous word (if you also press SHIFT you can highlight the text)
  • Alt-right arrow: move the cursor to the end of the next word (if you also press SHIFT you can highlight the text)
  • Alt-Shift-Up Arrow if you want to highlight the text above the cursor
  • Alt-Shift-Arrow DOWN if you want to highlight the text under the cursor
  • Alt-Command-F open the search and replace if the app you are using supports it
  • Alt-Command-T show or hide the toolbar
  • Alt-Command-C to copy a text
  • Alt-Command-V to paste a text
  • Alt-Shift-Command-Vto paste text in the same style as the copied one
  • Alt-Command-D show or hide the dock at the bottom of the screen
  • in the Finder, Alt-Command-L opens the Downloads folder
  • in the Finder, Alt-Command-P shows the path that allows you to understand where exactly a file is located
  • Alt-Command-S show or hide the sidebar in the Finder
  • Alt-Command-N opens a Smart Folder in the Finder
  • if you select several files in the Finder, pressing Alt-Command-Y you can see a full-screen slideshow of these files
  • Alt-Luminosit SU (or DOWN, which corresponds to pressing F1 or F2) allows you to adjust the brightness of the screen
  • you can open the Mission Control Settings by pressing Alt-Mission Control (F3)
  • to duplicate / copy an item in the Finder or on the desktop, you can press ALT as you drag it
  • to create an alias (shortcut to a file), you can press Alt-Command as you drag a file from the Finder to another place


  • Command-Q: close a program
  • Command-W: closes a window
  • Command-N: opens a new document
  • Command-W: closes the current window
  • Command-A: select all items
  • Command-I: italic
  • Command-B: Bold
  • Command-Z: cancel
  • Command-P: press
  • Command-S: save
  • Command-C: copy
  • Command-X: cut it
  • Command-V: paste
  • Command-F: find
  • Command-G: find again
  • Command-T: show or hide windows
  • Command-H: allows you to hide the windows of the app in the foreground. To view the app in the foreground but hide all the other apps, press Option-Command-H
  • Command-M: allows you to minimize the window in the foreground on the Dock. To minimize all the windows of the app in the foreground, press Option-Command-M
  • Command-O: allows you to open the selected item or a dialog to select a file to open
  • Command-Space Bar: opens the Spotlight search window
  • Command-Tab: switch between one open app and another
  • Command-comma (,): open the Settings of the app you are using
  • Command-LEFT arrow: move the cursor to the beginning of the line
  • Command-arrow RIGHT: move the cursor to the end of the line
  • Command-UP arrow: move the cursor to the beginning of the document
  • Command-down arrow: move the cursor to the end of the document
  • Command-T: opens a new tab in the internet browser or Finder

If you also add SHIFT to the Command button, you can also activate these shortcuts:

  • Shift-Command-P: print Preview
  • Shift-Command-S: save the document as a duplicate
  • Shift-Command-3 take a screenshot on Mac (full screen)
  • Shift-Command-4 make a screenshot but with more functionality (allows you to crop the screen freehand)
  • Shift-Command-5 even more functionality for the screenshot (allows you to crop the screen with guidelines)
  • Shift-Command- |: centra
  • Shift-Command-sign +: decreases the font size
  • Shift-Command-sign – (minus): increase font size
  • Shift-Command-question mark: opens the help menu

In the Finder, you can try these commands:

  • Command-D – duplicate the file
  • Command-E – ejects the volume
  • Command-F – search for
  • Command-I – get info
  • Command-K – connect to server
  • Command-L – makes an alias
  • Command-Delete – move the selected items to the trash
  • Shift-Command-D – opens the desk
  • Shift-Command-F – opens the All My Files folder
  • Shift-Command-H – opens the Recent folder
  • Shift-Command-G – opens the "Go to folder" window
  • Shift-Command-I – opens iCloud Drive
  • Shift-Command-K – explore the network
  • Shift-Command-O – opens the Documents folder
  • Shift-Command-R – opens the AirDrop window
  • Shift-Command-Delete – empty the trash


  • Control-H: delete the character on the left
  • Control-D: delete the character on the right
  • Control-K: clears the text from where the cursor is located to the end
  • Against the: move the cursor to the beginning of the line
  • Control-E: move the cursor to the end of the line or paragraph
  • Control-F: move the cursor forward one character
  • Control-B: move the cursor back one character
  • Control-Command-Power button restart your Mac
  • Control-Shift-Power button: turns off the Mac screen
  • Control-Option-Command-Power button: close all apps and turn off your Mac


  • F1 / F2: control the brightness
  • F3: Mission Control
  • F4:bring up the menu with all the apps installed on your Mac
  • F10 / F11 / F12: sound management (turn up, down, turn down volume)



You may have to hold down some of these abbreviations for a slightly longer time than required by the other abbreviations, which allows you to avoid using them unintentionally.

  • Control-Eject: shows the window to restart / shutdown / put the Mac to sleep
  • Shift-Control-Eject: turns off the Mac screen
  • Alt-Command-Eject: puts the Mac into sleep mode
  • Command-Control-Eject: save / close all apps and restart your Mac
  • Command-Alt-Control-Eject: close all apps and turn off your Mac
  • Command-Shift-Q: logout from your account on Mac (ask for confirmation)
  • Command-Shift-Alt-Q: logout from your account on Mac (does NOT ask for confirmation)
  • Command-Alt-Esc: Force Quit


  • Command-Tab:moves to the recently opened app from the one you are using
  • Command-Shift-Tab:shows the list of open apps (sorted by last use

If something is not clear to you or you think you are missing, you can take a ride on the Apple site, where you can find more information.


Well, in this article we have learned all that is needed for make the best use of the keyboard shortcuts available on computers running the macOS operating system.

As you can see once you learn to use them automatically, these combinations of keys (or keyboard shortcuts) will allow you to optimize your experience with the Apple computerand above all to save a lot of time!

And what do you think of these keyboard shortcuts? What is your favorite?

Let us know with a commentat the end of the article!

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