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Mac Hacks: 30 Keyboard Shortcuts

October 06, 2020
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Whether you're taking online courses or attending class in person at Concordia University Texas, you use a computer regularly. Did you know that there are keyboard shortcuts to help make certain functions quicker and easier?

Here are 30 keyboard shortcuts for Macs that will help you become more efficient.

Microsoft Windows PC

Keys

(Note: The + indicates that the keys listed should be pressed at the same time. The + is not part of the shortcut.)

Action

Command + Tab

Switches through apps

Command + Spacebar

Opens Spotlight (search files on computer and search the web)

Command + Option + Shift + Q

Logs off immediately

Command + ,

Opens Preferences

Space Bar

Opens Quick Look to preview selected item

Shift + Command + D

Opens Desktop folder

Shift + Command + O

Opens Documents folder

Command + Shift + H

Opens Home folder

Command + Option + H

Hides all other windows except the front app

Microsoft Word & Excel

Keys

(Note: The + indicates that the keys listed should be pressed at the same time. The + is not part of the code.)

Action

Command + F

Searches page for keyword(s) entered

Command + C

Copies highlighted text

Command + V

Pastes item most recently copied

Option + Delete

Deletes the word to the left of the cursor

Command + S

Saves document

Command + Shift + S

Opens Save As

Command + K

Hyperlinks highlighted text

Command + G

Finds the next occurrence of keyword(s)

Command + Shift + Z

Redo

Command + Z

Undo

Command + A

Selects everything on page

Command + P

Opens Print

Google Chrome

Keys

(Note: The + indicates that the keys listed should be pressed at the same time. The + is not part of the code.)

Action

Command + R

Reloads web page

Command + F

Searches page for keyword(s) entered

Command + C

Copies highlighted text

Command + V

Pastes item most recently copied

Command + N

Opens new window in web browser

Command + Shift + N

Opens new incognito window in web browser

Command + 0

Resets web page to 100% zoom

Command + A

Selects everything on page

Command + Y

Shows browsing history

Command + P

Opens print options

Command + ,

Opens settings

Command + ← or →

Goes to web page before/after current page

Command + D

Bookmarks web page

Command + T

Opens new tab

Command + Shift + J

Displays downloads

Interested in how keyboard shortcuts and software work? Check out the Computer Science program at Concordia University Texas.