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The Ultimate List of Mac Keyboard Shortcuts

By xyla | Lasted Updated 2018-09-20 03:00:31

When we use our computers before, we tend to always go to a long process and do not know any keyboard shortcuts.

But in today’s technology, we should be grateful that we have hotkeys or keyboard shortcuts that could help us to finish our work quickly especially on our Mac.

This must have taken a long time if we are going to put them all together. Using these Mac keyboard shortcuts, we tend to feel more confident and geeky when we use these hotkeys.

In this article, we are going to show you several hotkeys and their functions so that you will be able to apply them and get your work done faster.

mac-key-shortcuts

Part 1. Basic Mac hotkeys combinations

1. For Quitting All Applications

Cmd + Tab

There are times that you may think that the application that you just closed is still running on your Mac. Once that you Mac lags and you needed to have some fresh memories, then it is better that you quit all your apps.

2. Completely Deleting A File

Option + Cmd + Delete

As what we all know, for us to remove a file completely from our Mac we tend to drag that file and put it in our trash. However, aside from this, there is another way for you to delete those files.

You must also remember that once you use these hotkeys, you will not be able to recover them anymore as it will bypass your Trash.

3. Copying and Pasting Screenshots

Shift + Control + Cmd + 4

What you would do normally if you want to copy and paste a screenshot if you have to take the screenshot first then get it from your desktop and then paste it in a new location.

However, using the hotkeys mentioned is the easiest and fastest way for you to do it.

copy-and-paste

4. Switching the Desktop Quickly

Cmd +F3

There are times that your desktop is invaded by multiple windows. Because of this, it might take you some time for you to go through your Mac’s desktop. Luckily, there is a keyboard shortcut that you can use for you to do this quickly.

5. Launching Spotlight on Mac

Cmd + Space Bar

The Spotlight is considered to be your Mac’s internal engine which is responsible in making your Mac’s life way lot easier. It can help you locate your files quickly rather than using Finder.

Also, it can predict what you are trying to look for. You can use the keyboard shortcut provided for you to launch Spotlight instantly.

Part 2. Must Try Awesome Mac Keyboard Shortcuts for Mac

1. Inverting The Color of Your Display

Cmd + Option + F5

Pressing this shortcut will allow you to invert the color of your Mac’s display screen on its opposite. You can also use this for you to adjust your screen into another lighting.

cool-shortcut

2. Restoring A Tab You Recently Closed

Cmd + Shift + T

This keyboard shortcut can really become your hero once that you have accidentally closed an important tab in your Mac’s browser.

3. Instantly Shutdown Mac

Control + Option + Command + Eject

This shortcut will not force close your Mac so you do not need to worry. You can use this shortcut if in case that you want to close all of your windows and then shut down your Mac in a legit and safe way.

4. Invoking Siri

Cmd + Space Bar

Pressing those shortcut keys will allow you to launch Siri on your Mac instantly just by using your one hand. This way, you can immediately ask Siri anything that you won't such as the weather for the day or playing your favorite song on your Mac.

Part 3. A Short Cut To Clean Up Your Mac

Actually, this part is not any keyboard shortcut on your Mac. However, you can consider doing this for you to clean up your Mac quickly yet efficiently.

You can also consider this as the quickest way for you to free up some of your storage space on your Mac. All you need to do is to Download + Install + Cleanup and you are done. This is by using the iMyMac Cleaner.

Here is how you can do this.

Step 1: Download and Install software

First, download the iMyMac software from our website at www.imymac.com and then have it installed on your Mac for you to begin the process.

Then, go ahead and launch the program once that you have successfully installed the iMyMac Cleaner on your Mac. Once that the program is up and running, you will be able to see on the main interface of the program the system status of your Mac.

check Mac system status

Step 2: Scanning your Mac 's Junk File

Then, there is also a list of modules located at the left side of your screen. From that list of modules, go ahead and choose anything that you want to do with your Mac using iMyMac Cleaner. Let’s say you wanted to clean up your junk files. If so, go ahead and click on “Junk Files”.

Once that you have selected the module, go ahead and let the iMyMac Cleaner scan all of your junk files that your Mac contains. Give time for the iMyMac Cleaner to finish the scanning process.

Junk Files Scan

Step 3: Review and Select the junk file to Clean Up

Once that the scanning process is complete, the iMyMac Cleaner will show you all of your Junk Files but in a per category folder. You will see folders such as Application Cache, System Logs, Photo Junks, Mail Junks, and more.

Once that you click on one category folder, you will its content on the right side of your screen. Go ahead and review each folder and its content for you to ensure that you have all the items that you want to remove from your Mac.

Once that you are satisfied with all the content, go ahead and click on the “Clean” button. Confirm the action by clicking on the “Confirm” button on the pop-up window that will appear on your screen.

Clean selected files

Step 4: Clean Up Mac is Done

The iMyMac Cleaner will then start cleaning up all the junk files that your Mac contains. Once that the iMyMac Cleaner is done with the cleaning process, you will see an indication on each folder that says “Zero KB”.

That means that the folder is completely empty.

Clean Junk Files Completed

However, there are some folders that will not have this indication because those folders are auto recreated folders. But never worry because the iMyMac Cleaner did a cleanup every junk files on your Mac.

iMyMac Cleaner Key Features:

1. It can remove all the junk files that your Mac content.

2. It can clean up your browser for you to have a better experience using your Mac’s browser.

3. It can find and remove duplicate files.

4. It can locate and remove your Large and Old files.

5. It can remove all multi-language on your Mac.

6. It can remove your old iTunes Backup

7. It has a Mac Uninstaller for you to uninstall apps together with the files associated with the application.

8. It has a file shredder which can remove or tears your files and folders on your Mac so that you will be able to protect the security of your data.

9. It also has a similar image finder which can help you find and remove all similar images on your Mac.

10. Using the iMyMac Cleaner will be able to help you free up more storage space and will help you boost the performance of your Mac.

Part 4. Other Keyboard Shortcut on Your Mac

1. Finder Shortcut

Cmd + Shift + A (for Applications)

Cmd + Shift + U (for Utilities)

Cmd + Shift + D (for Desktop)

Finder is one of the most demanding tools that we use in our Mac. However, it really takes some time when you open Finder on Mac.

So, for you to quickly access Finder, you can go ahead and press the keyboard shortcut for you to be able to go to the following destination indicated in each shortcut.

2. Google Chrome Shortcut

Cmd + W (for you to close a current tab on Chrome)

Cmd + Shift + W (if you want to close an open Chrome window)

Cmd + T (if you want to open a new tab on Chrome)

Google Chrome is one of the most used browsers that we have on our Mac. Because of this, we tend to open a lot of window or tabs to do multiple tasks and closing them using your mouse will take you some time.

It can also cause to freeze up your browser. That is why you can use the keyboard shortcut mentioned for you to make your job easier.

chrome-shortcuts

Part 5. Mac Keyboard Shortcut for Documents

1. Copying Text Without Formatting

Hold Shift + Option + Command + V

Once that you tried copying a text on your Mac, it always comes along with the old formatting with it. This is one reason why you are actually spending more time in formatting your text rather than creating a text.

This is why it is better than you use the said keyboard shortcut for you to make your job easier.

2. Pasting Special Symbols and Emoji

Hold down the character key (if you want to enter an alternate character)

Control + Command + Space ( if you want to paste an emoji in a text)

This is probably the easiest shortcut for a document for Mac. This is for you to enter special symbols such as alfas, tildas, lamdas, and more.

paste-emojis

3. Making a Strikethrough Text on Mac

Cmd + Shift + X

The mentioned keyboard shortcut can actually be used for you to make a strikethrough formatting on your text. This shortcut works when you use TextEdit and Word.

However, there are some applications that do not support this shortcut.

4. Printing a Document in A Quick Way

Cmd + P (press this for you to invoke a print dialogue box)

This combination actually works on most of the apps that have the ability to allow print. Because of this keyboard shortcut, you will not have to spend more time just by finding out where the print dialogue box is.

5. Deleting Many Files on Mac At Once

Cmd + A (for you to choose a folder content)

Cmd + Delete (for you to remove a set of files that you have selected)

Cmd + Shift + Delete (for you to empty your Trash)

There is also some time that you will be needing to clean up your Mac and take out your old garbage, or moving your photos to an external drive for you to have more storage space.

Aside from the mentioned keyboard shortcut for you to delete multiple files at once, you can also use the iMyMac Cleaner as what we have mentioned earlier for you to get your work done quickly.

Part 6. Conclusion

All the Mac keyboard shortcuts that we have mentioned above are all useful and will surely reduce your headache in finding things that you want to do.

Why spend more time in figuring out something that you want to do when you can do it the easy way, right?

That is the reason why there are shortcuts that you can use as this will save you more time and effort and will get your work done quickly as well.

This shortcut is just like using the iMyMac Cleaner. This is because this program will help you remove everything that you no longer need on your Mac. This way, you will be able to have more space for you to save new important files and applications that you actually need.

The iMyMac Cleaner is also one tool that you can use if you want to boost the speed of your Mac. Keep in mind that a Mac that contains a lot of files, folders, application, etc. will surely affect the performance of your Mac.

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