Apple macOS keyboard shortcuts

Apple macOS

Zeynel Abidin Öztürk -
16 months ago
- Shortcuts

When it comes to using operating systems, it's essential to at least know some of the keyboard shortcuts. On this page, we share most of the general shortcuts you can use with macOS. Note: If you have a Windows keyboard, use Alt instead of Option and Windows key instead of Command.

⌘ Cmd + X

Cut the selected item and copy it to the Clipboard

⌘ Cmd + C

Copy the selected item to the Clipboard. This also works for files in the Finder

⌘ Cmd + V

Paste the contents of the Clipboard into the current document or app. This also works for files in the Finder

⌘ Cmd + Z

Undo the previous command. You can then press Command + Shift + Z to Redo, reversing the undo command. In some apps, you can undo and redo multiple commands

⌘ Cmd + A

Select All items

⌘ Cmd + F

Find items in a document or open a Find window

⌘ Cmd + G

Find Again: Find the next occurrence of the item previously found. To find the previous occurrence, press Command + Shift + G

⌘ Cmd + H

Hide the windows of the front app. To view the front app but hide all other apps, press Command + Option + H

⌘ Cmd + M

Minimize the front window to the Dock. To minimize all windows of the front app, press Command + Option + M

⌘ Cmd + N

Open an new document or window

⌘ Cmd + O

Open the selected item, or open a dialog to select a file to open

⌘ Cmd + P

Print the current document

⌘ Cmd + S

Save the current document

⌘ Cmd + W

Close the front window. To close all windows of the app, press Command + Option + W.

⌘ Cmd + Q

Quit the app

⌥ Option + ⌘ Cmd + Esc

Choose an app to force quit. Or press Command + Shift + Option + Esc and hold for 3 seconds to force just the front app to quit

⌘ Cmd + Space

Show or hide the Spotlight search field. To perform a Spotlight search from a Finder window, press Command + Option + Space. If you use multiple input sources to type in different languages, these shortcuts change input sources instead of showing Spotlight

Space

Use Quick Look to preview the selected item

⌘ Cmd + ⭾ Tab

Switch to the next most recently used app among your open apps

↑   Shift + ⌘ Cmd + ~

Switch to the next most recently used window of the front app

↑   Shift + ⌘ Cmd + 3

Take a screenshot of the entire screen

⌘ Cmd + ,

Open preferences for the front app

Power

Press to turn on your Mac or wake your Mac from sleep

Power

Press and hold for 1.5 seconds while your Mac is awake to display a dialog asking if you want to sleep, restart, or shut down. If you don't want to wait 1.5 seconds, press Control (Plus) Power button or Control (Plus) Media Eject

Power

Press and hold for 5 seconds to force your Mac to turn off

Control + ⌘ Cmd + Power

Force your Mac to restart

Control + ↑   Shift + Power

Put your displays to sleep

or Control + ↑   Shift + Media
Control + ⌘ Cmd + Eject

Quit all apps, then restart your Mac. If any open documents have unsaved changes, you'll be asked whether you want to save them

Control + ⌥ Option + ⌘ Cmd + Power

Quit all apps, then shut down your Mac. If any open documents have unsaved changes, you'll be asked whether you want to save them

or Control + ⌥ Option + ⌘ Cmd + Media
↑   Shift + ⌘ Cmd + Q

Log out of your macOS user account. You'll be asked to confirm

⌥ Option + ↑   Shift + ⌘ Cmd + Q

Log out of your macOS user account immediately, without being asked to confirm

⌘ Cmd + B

Boldface the selected text, or turn boldfacing on or off

⌘ Cmd + I

Italicize the selected text, or turn italics on or off

⌘ Cmd + U

Underline the selected text, or turn underlining on or off

⌘ Cmd + T

Show or hide the Fonts window

⌘ Cmd + D

Select the Desktop folder from within an Open dialog or Save dialog

Control + ⌘ Cmd + D

Show or hide the definition of the selected word

↑   Shift + ⌘ Cmd + :

Display the Spelling and Grammar window

⌘ Cmd + ;

Find misspelled words in the document

⌥ Option + Del

Delete the word to the left of the insertion point

Control + H

Delete the character to the left of the insertion point. Or use Delete

Control + D

Delete the character to the right of the insertion point. Or use Fn + Delete

Fn + Del

Forward delete on keyboards that don't have a Forward Delete  key. Or use Control + D

Control + K

Delete the text between the insertion point and the end of the line or paragraph

⌘ Cmd + Del

Select Delete or Don't Save in a dialog that contains a Delete or Don't Save button

Fn +

Scroll up one page

Fn +

Scroll down one page

Fn +

Scroll to the beginning of a document

Fn +

Arrow Scroll to the end of a document

⌘ Cmd +

Move the insertion point to the beginning of the document

⌘ Cmd +

Move the insertion point to the end of the document

⌘ Cmd +

Move the insertion point to the beginning of the current line

⌘ Cmd +

Move the insertion point to the end of the current line

⌥ Option +

Move the insertion point to the beginning of the previous word

⌥ Option +

Move the insertion point to the end of the next word

↑   Shift + ⌘ Cmd +

Select the text between the insertion point and the beginning of the document

↑   Shift + ⌘ Cmd +

Select the text between the insertion point and the end of the document

↑   Shift + ⌘ Cmd +

Select the text between the insertion point and the beginning of the current line

↑   Shift + ⌘ Cmd +

Select the text between the insertion point and the end of the current line

↑   Shift +

Extend text selection to the nearest character at the same horizontal location on the line above

↑   Shift +

Extend text selection to the nearest character at the same horizontal location on the line below

↑   Shift +

Extend text selection one character to the left

↑   Shift +

Extend text selection one character to the right

⌥ Option + ↑   Shift +

Extend text selection to the beginning of the current paragraph, then to the beginning of the following paragraph if pressed again

⌥ Option + ↑   Shift +

Arrow Extend text selection to the end of the current paragraph, then to the end of the following paragraph if pressed again

⌥ Option + ↑   Shift +

Arrow Extend text selection to the beginning of the current word, then to the beginning of the following word if pressed again

⌥ Option + ↑   Shift +

Extend text selection to the end of the current word, then to the end of the following word if pressed again

Control + A

Move to the beginning of the line or paragraph

Control + E

Move to the end of a line or paragraph

Control + F

Move one character forward

Control + B

Move one character backward

Control + L

Center the cursor or selection in the visible area

Control + P

Move up one line

Control + N

Move down one line

Control + O

Insert a new line after the insertion point

Control + T

Swap the character behind the insertion point with the character in front of the insertion point

⌘ Cmd + {

Left align

⌘ Cmd + }

Right align

↑   Shift + ⌘ Cmd + |

Center align

⌥ Option + ⌘ Cmd + F

Go to the search field

⌥ Option + ⌘ Cmd + T

Show or hide a toolbar in the app

⌥ Option + ⌘ Cmd + C

Copy the formatting settings of the selected item to the Clipboard

⌥ Option + ⌘ Cmd + V

Apply the copied style to the selected item

⌥ Option + ↑   Shift + ⌘ Cmd + V

Apply the style of the surrounding content to the item pasted within that content

⌥ Option + ⌘ Cmd + I

Show or hide the inspector window

↑   Shift + ⌘ Cmd + P

Display a window for selecting document settings

↑   Shift + ⌘ Cmd + S

Display the Save As dialog, or duplicate the current document

↑   Shift + ⌘ Cmd + -

Decrease the size of the selected item

↑   Shift + ⌘ Cmd + +

Increase the size of the selected item. Command–Equal sign (=) performs the same function.

↑   Shift + ⌘ Cmd + ?

Open the Help menu

⌘ Cmd + D

Duplicate the selected files

⌘ Cmd + E

Eject the selected disk or volume

⌘ Cmd + F

Start a Spotlight search in the Finder window

⌘ Cmd + I

Show the Get Info window for a selected file

↑   Shift + ⌘ Cmd + C

Open the Computer window

↑   Shift + ⌘ Cmd + D

Open the desktop folder

↑   Shift + ⌘ Cmd + F

Open the All My Files window

↑   Shift + ⌘ Cmd + G

Open a Go to Folder window

↑   Shift + ⌘ Cmd + H

Open the Home folder of the current macOS user account

↑   Shift + ⌘ Cmd + I

Open iCloud Drive

↑   Shift + ⌘ Cmd + K

Open the Network window

⌥ Option + ⌘ Cmd + L

Open the Downloads folder

↑   Shift + ⌘ Cmd + O

Open the Documents folder

↑   Shift + ⌘ Cmd + R

Open the AirDrop window

↑   Shift + ⌘ Cmd + T

Add selected Finder item to the Dock (OS X Mountain Lion or earlier)

Control + ↑   Shift + ⌘ Cmd + T

Add selected Finder item to the Dock (OS X Mavericks or later)

↑   Shift + ⌘ Cmd + U

Open the Utilities folder

⌥ Option + ⌘ Cmd + D

Show or hide the Dock. This often works even when you're not in the Finder

Control + ⌘ Cmd + T

Add the selected item to the sidebar (OS X Mavericks or later)

⌥ Option + ⌘ Cmd + P

Hide or show the path bar in Finder windows

⌥ Option + ⌘ Cmd + S

Hide or show the Sidebar in Finder windows

⌘ Cmd + /

Hide or show the status bar in Finder windows

⌘ Cmd + J

Show View Options

⌘ Cmd + K

Open the Connect to Server window

⌘ Cmd + L

Make an alias of the selected item

⌘ Cmd + N

Open a new Finder window

↑   Shift + ⌘ Cmd + N

Create a new folder

⌥ Option + ⌘ Cmd + N

Create a new Smart Folder

⌘ Cmd + R

Show the original file for the selected alias

⌘ Cmd + T

Show or hide the tab bar when a single tab is open in the current Finder window

↑   Shift + ⌘ Cmd + T

Show or hide a Finder tab

⌥ Option + ⌘ Cmd + T

Show or hide the toolbar when a single tab is open in the current Finder window

⌥ Option + ⌘ Cmd + V

Move the files in the Clipboard from their original location to the current location

⌥ Option + ⌘ Cmd + Y

View a Quick Look slideshow of the selected files

⌘ Cmd + Y

Use Quick Look to preview the selected files

⌘ Cmd + 1

View the items in the Finder window as icons

⌘ Cmd + 2

View the items in a Finder window as a list

⌘ Cmd + 3

View the items in a Finder window in columns

⌘ Cmd + 4

View the items in a Finder window with Cover Flow

⌘ Cmd + [

Go to the previous folder

⌘ Cmd + ]

Go to the next folder

⌘ Cmd–↑

Open the folder that contains the current folder.

⌘ Cmd + Control +

Arrow  Open the folder that contains the current folder in a new window

⌘ Cmd +

Open the selected item

⌘ Cmd + Mission

Control Show the desktop. This works even when you're not in the Finder

⌘ Cmd + BrightnessUp

Turn Target Display Mode on or off

⌘ Cmd + BrightnessDown

Turn display mirroring on or off when your Mac is connected to more than one display

Open the selected folder. This works only when in list view

Close the selected folder. This works only when in list view

⌥ Option + Mouse double click

Open a folder in a separate window and close the current window

⌘ Cmd + Mouse double click

Open a folder in a separate tab or window

⌘ Cmd + Del

Move the selected item to the Trash

↑   Shift + ⌘ Cmd + Del

Empty the Trash

⌥ Option + ↑   Shift + ⌘ Cmd + Del

Empty the Trash without confirmation dialog

⌘ Cmd + Y

Use Quick Look to preview the files

⌥ Option + BrightnessUp

Open Displays preferences. This works with either Brightness key

⌥ Option + MissionControl

Open Mission Control preferences

⌥ Option + VolumeUp

Open Sound preferences. This works with any of the volume keys

⌘ Cmd + Mouse movement

Move the dragged item to another volume or location. The pointer changes while you drag the item.

⌥ Option + Mouse movement

Copy the dragged item. The pointer changes while you drag the item.

⌥ Option + ⌘ Cmd + Mouse movement

Make an alias of the dragged item. The pointer changes while you drag the item

⌥ Option + Mouse left click

(on a disclosure triangle) Open all folders within the selected folder. This works only when in list view

⌘ Cmd + Mouse left click

(on a window title) See the folders that contain the current folder


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Program information

Program name: Apple macOS (General)

MacOS is an desktop operating system developed by Apple. It was named "Mac OS X" until 2012 and "OS X" until 2016. MacOS is basis of Apple's other device's operating systems like iOS, watchOS and tvOS.

Web page: https://www.apple.com/tr/macos

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