Top 39 Mac Keyboard Shortcuts You Better Know

Updated on February 20, 2019
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Mac keyboard shortcuts make using your Apple Mac and iMac easier. For those of us who spend long hours tapping away on the keyboard, these Mac shortcuts will amount to a massive number of taps, minutes, and energy saved. Start using these Top 39 Mac shortcuts now and experience for yourself how more quickly you get your work done.

Right off the bat, let me tell you that if you’re out looking for a set of Mac Shortcuts to copy and paste to your local computer, just scroll to the end of this page. Although I’d love to chit chat with you about it, I’d prefer not to bore you, if you’re not a total noob at using Mac keyboard shortcuts, that is. But for those who want some words about it, then great! Won’t you indulge by reading on?

Screenshots on a Mac

You read something interesting, and you want to capture the moment. Click. Screenshot it. Honestly, impulsive screenshot-ters get ridiculed for maxing their mobile phone and laptop drives, but there are many important uses for a screenshot. A screenshot lets you document important web transactions for evidence and other future uses. It also allows you to neatly grab a photo or portions of text. (Just make sure you don’t pass them off as your own!)

Mac Keyboard Shortcuts for Screenshots

  1. Shift + Command + 3 (Screenshot the entire screen)
  2. Shift + Command + 4 (Screenshot of a selected area)
  3. Shift + Cmd + 4, then Space (Screenshot the active window)

Screenshot Swatches

screenshot whole screen shift-command-3
screenshot whole screen shift-command-3
screenshot of my adorable bullmastiff! shift + command +4 brings the crosshairs. just adjust and let go.
screenshot of my adorable bullmastiff! shift + command +4 brings the crosshairs. just adjust and let go.
selecting screenshot of active window. shift-command-4-space highlights active window. tap anywhere on active window to take screenshoot.
selecting screenshot of active window. shift-command-4-space highlights active window. tap anywhere on active window to take screenshoot.
there...
there...

Shortcuts for Word Documents and Websites

Words that touch and inspire you. Data you need. These shortcuts make it easy to grab, transfer, and even duplicate bodies of text.

Mac Keyboard Shortcuts for Web or Word Doc Texts

  1. Command + A (Select all)
  2. Select text then press Command + C (Copy or grab text)
  3. Command + V (Paste copied or grabbed text)
  4. Command + S (Save)
  5. Command + F (Search within current page [Doc and Web])
  6. Select text then press Command + X (Cut text)
  7. Command + P (Print current open file or web page)
  8. Command + Z (Undo last action)
  9. Select text then press Command + Option + C (Change selected text to ALL CAPS. Press again to revert back)
  10. Fn + Command + Left (Scroll to top of Word document)
  11. Fn + Command + Right (Scroll to bottom of Word document)

Bring up the Find window and locate a word or phrase anywhere on the web or doc page.
Bring up the Find window and locate a word or phrase anywhere on the web or doc page.

Web Browsing Shortcuts

Honestly, these shortcuts are heaven sent. Comfortably read text with the zoom in and out shortcut. Go straight up or down the end of the page whenever you need to. Open a tab you accidentally closed. And view all your Safari tabs in one page.

If you browse the Internet on a regular basis, start mastering these browsing shortcuts now.

Mac Keyboard Shortcuts for Web Browsing

  1. Command + - (Zoom out in Web window)
  2. Command + + (Zoom in in Web Window)
  3. Fn + Left Arrow (Scroll straight to the top of the web page)
  4. Fn + Right Arrow (Scroll straight to the top of the web page)
  5. Command + Up (also Scroll straight to the top of the web page)
  6. Command + Down (also Scroll straight to the top of the web page)
  7. Command + Shift + T (Open your last closed tab)
  8. Command + Shift + Vertical Line (See all your open tabs in one Safari window.)

see that 500% zoom rate on the top right? big alright.
see that 500% zoom rate on the top right? big alright.
all Safari tabs in one window
all Safari tabs in one window
hide windows from... your cat (yeah, right)
hide windows from... your cat (yeah, right) | Source

If you just can't lay off social media or porn even at work, this little bit is great for you. Quickly minimize, hide, and even CLOSE windows or applications. Switch between windows too.

Seriously though, these are great-to-know if you're working on sensitive matters; and also if you tend to clutter your screen. Relieve your confused eyes with simple shortcuts like below.

General Mac Keyboard Shortcuts for Apps and Windows

  1. Command + H (Hide Current App/Web Window)
  2. Command + M (Minimize current App/Web Window)
  3. Command + O (Opens file window)
  4. Command + W (Close current app/web window)
  5. Command + N (Open a new app/web window)
  6. Command + Option + H (Hide all other open app/web windows)
  7. Command + Option + W (Close all current app/web windows)
  8. Command + Option + M (Minimize all windows [except Doc. This pulls up margins in Doc])
  9. Command + Backtick [`] (Move between open windows in currently active app/web page)

Other Keyboard Shortcuts

Search your Mac with Spotlight. Hide the dock below (or on the side). Delete files real quick and empty your trash, man, real quick.

Other Miscellaneous Mac Keyboard Shortcuts

  1. Press) Function then Function Launch Dictation on Mac. (Start speaking. Press Function when finished.)
  2. Command + Space (Open Spotlight search on Mac)
  3. Command + Comma (Open Preferences for active app)
  4. Command + Tab (Switch to the next open app)
  5. Command + Q Quit App ( FULLY exit app, not just close)
  6. Command + Option + D (Show or hide the Dock from view)
  7. Select File then Command + Delete ( in Finder Window- Move selection to trash)
  8. Shift + Command + Delete (In Finder Window- Empty the trash)

dictate away...
dictate away...
command-tab brings up icons of your current open applications . switch by pressing tab.
command-tab brings up icons of your current open applications . switch by pressing tab.

A List of the Top 39 Mac Keyboard Shortcuts

Here it is for your consumption. Copy-Paste. Print the Page. Screenshot, whatever. Any way you like it!

Mac Keyboard Shortcuts for Screenshots

  1. Shift + Command + 3 (Screenshot the entire screen)
  2. Shift + Command + 4 (Screenshot of a selected area)
  3. Shift + Cmd + 4, then Space (Screenshot the active window)

Mac Keyboard Shortcuts for Web or Word Doc Texts

  1. Command + A (Select all)
  2. Select text then press Command + C (Copy or grab text)
  3. Command + V (Paste copied or grabbed text)
  4. Command + S (Save)
  5. Command + F (Search within current page [Doc and Web])
  6. Select text then press Command + X (Cut text)
  7. Command + P (Print current open file or web page)
  8. Command + Z (Undo last action)
  9. Select text then press Command + Option + C (Change selected text to ALL CAPS. Press again to revert back)
  10. Fn + Command + Left (Scroll to top of Word document)
  11. Fn + Command + Right (Scroll to bottom of Word document)

Mac Keyboard Shortcuts for Web Browsing

  1. Command + - (Zoom out in Web window)
  2. Command + + (Zoom in in Web Window)
  3. Fn + Left Arrow (Scroll straight to the top of the web page)
  4. Fn + Right Arrow (Scroll straight to the end of the web page)
  5. Command + Up (also Scroll straight to the top of the web page)
  6. Command + Down (also Scroll straight to the end of the web page)
  7. Command + Shift + T (Open your last closed tab)
  8. Command + Shift + Vertical Line (See all your open tabs in one Safari window.)

General Mac Keyboard Shortcuts for Apps and Windows

  1. Command + H (Hide Current App/Web Window)
  2. Command + M (Minimize current App/Web Window)
  3. Command + O (Opens file window)
  4. Command + W (Close current app/web window)
  5. Command + N (Open a new app/web window)
  6. Command + Option + H (Hide all other open app/web windows)
  7. Command + Option + W (Close all current app/web windows)
  8. Command + Option + M (Minimize all windows [except Doc. This pulls up margins in Doc])
  9. Command + Backtick [`] (Move between open windows in currently active app/web page)

Other Miscellaneous Mac Keyboard Shortcuts

  1. Press) Function then Function Launch Dictation on Mac. (Start speaking. Press Function when finished.)
  2. Command + Space (Open Spotlight search on Mac)
  3. Command + Comma (Open Preferences for active app)
  4. Command + Tab (Switch to the next open app)
  5. Command + Q Quit App ( fully exit)
  6. Command + Option + D (Show or hide the Dock from view)
  7. Select File then Command + Delete ( in Finder Window- Move selection to trash)
  8. Shift + Command + Delete (In Finder Window- Empty the trash)

Need More Shortcuts?

On Mac and Windows, application command shortcuts are provided to the immediate right, when available. Dang it. I should have just said that right away and left you to jot down important shortcuts by yourself. Nah, I want to do put in my meaningful contribution to our online society.. Well, here's hoping this was meaningful. Cheers!

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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

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