Mac users, new and old, would love to be able to use their computers faster, and make them easier to use!
Keyboard shortcuts can be just the trick to make your computer easier to use, and to get work done faster. For you Windows switchers who are used to the ‘Control’ and ‘Alt’ keys, this may help you with your transition to Mac.
First off, the keys that you’re going to want to familiarize yourself with is the ‘Command’ key,
the ‘Option’ key, and the ‘Control’ key.
Other keys that you’ll use a lot are the ‘Shift’ and ‘Esc’ keys, both ones you are likely familiar with. Another key you may have seen as a PC user, but maybe didn’t use much, is the ‘Tilde’ key:
The tilde key comes in handy for a couple of shortcuts.
The basics: Undo, Cut, Copy & Paste
Anybody that has ever worked with Word, or any word processing program, has used the above commands – especially undo. When it comes to word processing, these shortcuts are the 101 of fixing, moving, or changing text within a document.
Managing windows and applications
Instead of rooting around through menus and finding the right button to click, the above commands make life easier when it comes to maneuvering around various applications and their open windows.
Surfing the web
Looking for a specific word or phrase within a webpage or document? Just press Command + F, and type into the search box what you are looking for and it will be presented to you! Similarly, if you’re looking for a specific file, document, image, or anything in general on your Mac, press Command + Space Bar and you can search easily with Spotlight!
Selecting & Screenshots
The screenshot portion of the above shortcuts can help a lot of people. If you have ever experienced an issue on your computer, and a quick email-able image of it would be handy, the screenshot shortcuts can be incredibly helpful.
Boot Up Options (to happen while Mac is booting up)
Have an issue with your Mac? The above options can help. Whether you want to boot into Boot Camp and Windows while holding ‘Option,’ or if you need to boot into Safe Mode to do some maintenance, these shortcuts can help you get where you want to go.
These shortcuts should make it easier to use your Mac, and hopefully save you some time. If you’d like to see more, click here for the complete list of shortcuts from Apple.