Here Is Your Comprehensive Mac Keyboard Shortcut Guide

Apples mean a lot more than red fruits. 23% of American businesspeople own macOS devices, which is up from 17% in 2019. 

One reason why Macs are so popular is Mac keyboards. They are easy to use and help significantly with computer organization, especially when you know a Mac keyboard shortcut or two. 

What are the best shortcuts you should use? How can you use keyboards for writing or taking screenshots? How can you boot your computer up in the right way? 

Answer these questions and you can make Mac organization easy in no time. Here is your quick guide.

Using Finder

Finder is your file manager and user interface on your Mac device. It helps you with computer management so you can keep your files together and access them easily. 

You can create a folder using Finder, though you cannot use a shortcut to do so. You can rename the folder by pressing Return/Enter and then typing in the new name you want. If you want to go into a certain folder, you can click on it and then press Cmd-↓.

When you’re looking to copy a file, you can click on it and then hit Cmd-C. When you’re ready to paste it into a document or folder, you can hit Cmd-V. To keep the ownership and permissions on the file, you should hold down the Option and Shift keys as you hit V. 

Finder lets you view images and PDFs. You should hold Cmd and then hit + to zoom in or – to zoom out. You may need to hit the keys several times so you can see the details you want.

Managing Your Dock

The Dock lets you see what apps are active on your computer. But the Dock can get in your way if you’re trying to move files around or see things clearly. You can hide your other apps by hitting Cmd-Option and clicking on the icons in your Dock. 

You can also move your Dock around by holding the Shift button down and dragging the Dock with your cursor. Some people like having it on their left so they can expand their windows downward. 

Some files open in apps like Safari, which may not be useful to you. You can open an app in Google Chrome by dragging the file onto Chrome’s icon in the Dock while holding Command-Option.

Managing Windows

You may need to have two or more windows open at once. To switch between the two of them, you can press Cmd-~. If you want to switch back, you can hit Cmd-Shift-~. 

You can also move a window into the background. This lets you keep the window open while you focus your attention on something else. You can hit Cmd-Drag while you are clicking on the window’s title bar. 


While you are writing something, you can skip to the end of the line by hitting Cmd-→. You can return to the beginning of the line with Cmd-←. 

When you make a typo on a word, you can hit Option-← to return to the word and then fix the typo. You can then go back to the word you were writing with Option-→. When you need to use a special character, you can hold down the key for that character and then click on the one you want.

If you’re reading a text and you don’t know the meaning of a word, you can look it up in the Dictionary app. You should put your cursor over the word and then hit Cmd-Ctrl-D. When you’re using a trackpad, you can place your cursor over it and then tap the trackpad with three fingers.

These shortcuts may not work in all apps. Safari, Mail, and Pages support these shortcuts, but Google Chrome and others do not. Make sure to download the latest versions of these apps, as they may have updates that enable these shortcuts.

Taking Screenshots

To capture your entire screen, you can hit Cmd-Shift-3. Your image will save onto your desktop as a PNG file, but you can change the format using Finder. 

If you want to capture a selected area, you should hit Cmd-Shift-4 and then drag over the area. You can also take a screenshot of a window by hitting the same keys, pressing the spacebar, and clicking on the window.

You can take a MacBook scrolling screenshot by creating a video of your screen and then scrolling down in your windows. You can download a few apps to do this, including Setapp.

Starting Your Computer

You can start your computer up by hitting the power key. If you want a safe boot, you should hold the Shift key down as your computer is starting up. If you want to restart your computer right away, hit Cmd-Ctrl-Eject.

Recovery mode can repair your MacBook’s internal disk, restore files from a backup, and transfer files between computers. You can enter Recovery mode by starting your computer up and hitting Cmd-R. 

Finding the Perfect Mac Keyboard Shortcut

One Mac keyboard shortcut can save you minutes. You can use a few shortcuts to move through the Finder app and keep your files together. 

You can also use several different shortcuts for writing and editing your documents. Try to use Safari instead of Chrome for these shortcuts. 

Screenshots and starting your computer can be a little tricky. You need to hit three keys to capture your entire screen or a small section. Try starting your computer to recovery mode to keep your files safe. Computers shouldn’t be complicated. Read about more computer life hacks by following our coverage.

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