Sometimes using Keyboard Shortcuts is much faster than a Mouse of Trackpad. Here are some Keyboard Shortcuts for the new and experienced Mac user. I knew many of these, but I have to admit I did learn a couple of new ones which I will be using in the future. Read on to improve your work efficiency with Keyboard Shortcuts.
Desktop & App Management
- Activate Spotlight for Searching – To bring up a handy search interface that will let you find files on your Mac, just use Command + Space. Spotlight can do all kinds of things, from locating files to answering basic questions to solving math problems.
- Swap Between Apps – To switch between your open applications, press Command + Tab. Keep holding down the Command key and then press Tab to cycle through the open apps. Let go when the app you want is highlighted.
- Close Apps From App Switcher – When you’re in the Command + Tab view, press the Q key with command held down to close an open app.
- Hot Corners – If you don’t already use Hot Corners, they’re worth checking out. You can set tasks that will happen when your mouse hovers in a specific corner, like launching Mission Control, showing the desktop, and more. Set them up in System Preferences > Mission Control > Hot Corners.
- Advanced Hot Corners – If you want to use Hot Corners but have found yourself accidentally activating features, hold down the Option key when setting up a Hot Corner. From there, the Hot Corner won’t activate unless you’re holding down the Option key.
- Hide a Window – To quickly hide a window on the desktop, just press Command + H. The app will disappear into the background, but you can get it back by clicking on the icon on the dock or using Command + Tab.
- Hide All Windows – You can hide all of the windows except for the window for the app you’re currently using by pressing Option + Command + H.
- Cycle Between App Windows – If you have multiple windows open for an app like Safari, you can swap between those open windows using Command + the Tilde (~) key.
- Switch Between Multiple Desktops – If you use multiple desktops, you can swap between them quickly by pressing the Control button and then either the left or the right arrow.
- Quickly Open Folders – To open up a folder in Finder or on your desktop, hold Command and press the down arrow key. To go back, just hold Command and press the up arrow key.
- Clean Up Your Desktop – For those with macOS Mojave or later, on a messy desktop, just right click and choose “Stacks” to have your Mac automatically organize everything by file type.
- Instant File Deletion – If you want to delete a file and want to bypass the Trash Can on the Mac that saves files before deleting them, just select a file and press Option + Command + Delete at the same time.
- Create an Auto Duplicating File – If you want to create a duplicate file when clicking on a specific file, just right click, select “Get Info.” and then check the Stationary Pad box. Every time you open that file, it’ll actually open a duplicate, which is great for templates and similar file types.
There are many, many more Keyboard Shortcuts in the macOS, but these are ones I think will be more often used. Get familiar with using Keyboard Shortcuts and save time.