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Great Mac Keyboard Shortcuts That You Should Learn

There are many Mac keyboard shortcuts available that can overhaul your work processes and make your life much easier. First, let’s familiarize ourselves with the keys we will be referring to in this quick guide:

Command key (?)
Option key (may also have “alt” written on it)
Function key (fn)
Control key (“control”)
Quit a Mac program (Command-Q)

When you’re using Mac, clicking on the red X button that is located in the top right of the application window will close the window. However, it will not close the app completely. To do this, hit Command-Q.

Close the active window (Command-W). To quickly close the window you are currently working in, click and hold Command-W.

Close all active windows (Option-Command-W). As above, but closes all active windows.

Open a new browser tab (Command-T): When you’re using a browser like Firefox or Chrome, this keyboard shortcut will open a new tab. It also works in Finder.

Switch between applications (Command-Tab): Hitting Command-Tab will allow you to cycle through all active apps. Hold down the Command key while you hit Tab repeatedly to navigate to the app you’re looking for.

Switch between applications (Command-~): Using the tilde key (~), which is typically located above the tab key, in combination with the Command key will allow you to switch between running apps from right to left.

Cut (Command-X), paste (Command-V), and Copy (Command-C). These three simple commands are self-explanatory but can save you a significant amount of time.

Activate the search function (Command-F): Hit the Command-F combination, and a new window will appear in which you can type the search terms.

Take a picture of the entire screen (Command-Shift-3): Takes a picture of your entire Mac’s screen, from the upper left to the bottom right.

Open Mac Finder folders
Command-Shift-A: Opens the Applications folder
Command-Shift-U: Opens the Utilities folder
Command-Shift-D: Opens the Desktop
Command-Shift-H: Opens Home.