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Mac keyboard shortcuts I find useful

Mac keyboard shortcuts

It’s been a few months since I bought a brand new (and very expensive) Macbook Pro. I had always been a Windows user so getting my hands set on the new machine seemed daunting. Probably, that’s the reason I approached the new laptop with some trepidation. My fingers would fly on the old Windows laptop and here I was struggling with keyboard shortcuts on the new Mac.

However, as my elder son exclaimed in frustration, “Dad, you’ve got to take the plunge! I know you’re used to the old computer and you got all your things set up very well there, but you can do the same on the Mac… in fact, you can do things faster on the Mac.”

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My lads had been able to make the shift from Windows to Mac in a couple of days. And in a week’s time they were editing videos and putting them online!

I quickly realised that the only thing which was making me hesitant was my own mindset. So one fine morning I opened the Macbook and stuck to it till night. I did this for a few days and now I’m as fluent on the Mac as I was on the Windows computer.

The first things I got a grip on were the keyboard shortcuts. Here are some that I found useful. – hope you find them too!
By the way, as soon as I mastered these keyboard shortcuts, which took a day or two because the Command key position on the Mac is different to that of the Control key on Windows, my productivity soared and I started to love working on the Mac.

Standard keyboard shortcuts on the Mac

Key Combination Function
Command + C Copy
Command + V Paste
Command + X Cut
Command + Z Undo
Command + A Select all
Command + F Open Finder or find something in a document / webpage
Command + S Save
Command + Q Quit the application

Shortcuts I found particularly useful on the Mac

Key Combination Function
Command + Option + W Close all windows of an application
Command + Option + H Hide all windows except the one you are working on
Command + Shift + 3 Take a screenshot
Fn + F11 Show desktop (F11 on my Macbook decreases the volume by default)
Option + Move to the end of the word
Option + Move to the beginning of the word
Command + Move to the end of the sentence
Command + Move to the beginning of the sentence

The Mac Command key works quite like the Windows Control key. Pity their positions on the keyboard are off, else I would have go used to my Mac much sooner. Anyway, here are a few tips I found useful.

  • The “File” menu changes if the Options key is pressed. For instance, if you want to do a “Save As”, keep “Options” pressed which will replace “Duplicate” in the menu.
  • Pinching-out on the trackpad is a neater way to show desktop on the Mac.
  • Start using virtual desktops. They will be a big help in segregating and organising your work.

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