Basic keyboard shortcuts on your MacBook and iMac

Keyboard shortcuts allow you to quickly perform common tasks or quickly use specific program functions. Your Mac is also full of useful shortcuts. Once you master it, it will save you a lot of time. Here are all the must-have keyboard shortcuts for your MacBook and iMac.

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Primary keys

There are some basic keyboard shortcuts to memorize because you can use them almost anywhere in macOS. Most of them work well with the keyboard shortcuts you know from Windows:

Leadership + c To copy.
To cut.
Command + V
To paste.
Command + a
Select for all.
Command + s
To save, and Command + Shift + S to repeat (instead of “Save As”).
Leadership + W
To close a tab or window.
Command + x
To close an application or program completely (unlike Windows, applications do not close automatically if you close all windows).
Command + Space
To open the Spotlight search tool.
To lock your Mac.

Take screenshots

to Command + Shift + 3 Take a screenshot, however Command + Shift + 4 It goes one step further. This allows you to select which part of your screen you want to appear in the image. Simply drag a rectangle with your mouse and your Mac will do the rest. Screenshots are saved to your desktop by default.


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Use Finder

Finder is your file manager, so there’s a good chance it’s open all the time. And since you use it all the time, Finder shortcuts become very productive quickly. These are the most important:

Command + n to a new window
Leadership + t for a new tab.
Leadership + Transformation + D
To quickly go to the desktop (“Desktop”),
Command + Shift + H to your home folder
Command + Shift + O For documents.
Command+Option+L to Downloads folder.
To preview the selected file.
Back To rename the selected file.
Command + O To open a specific file in the default application.
Drive + backspace To delete a specific file.
Shift + Command + Backspace To empty the trash.

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Shortcuts to applications and programs

App creators and software makers are not a thing of the past, and they realize that it is impossible to memorize a new series of hotkeys for every program. That’s why many developers who create software for macOS use the same key combinations. They don’t work in every program, but learn these combinations by heart and you’ll work a lot faster.

Command + comma To open the active program settings.
Command + F
To search for text.
Command + g To then scroll through the results.
Command + Tab
To switch between applications.
Command + ` (next to Z) to switch between windows of the same application.
Control+Tab To rotate between tabs in the same window.
(Plus sign) to zoom in.
Command + – To reduce.

Sure, you can do (almost) everything with a mouse, but if you really want to work quickly and productively, these keyboard shortcuts are a must-have for any Mac user. Make sure you get it quickly, you will really benefit from it!


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