Mac Keyboard Complete Shortcuts List

Quick navigation of keyboard saves a lot of time while operating Mac. Most of us don’t use shortcuts while operating the Mac, the reason might be it requires more attention towards learning the shortcuts. But if you learn shortcuts now in future it saves lot of quality time by getting things done faster.

There are so many advantages of using keyboard shortcuts, you can quickly open a program, quickly edit MS Office, Photoshop and other image editing tools with blink of an eye.

Must read: Common Keyboard Shortcuts For Popular Browsers

In this post, we have complete list of Mac keyboard shortcuts.

Mac Keyboard Shortcuts Symbols

Mac keyboard shortcuts symbols meaning

  • —> Command Key
  • —> Shift key
  • —> Caps Lock
  • —> Control Key
  • fn —> Function Key
  • —> Option Key

Mac Keyboard Shortcuts: Complete List

  • Command + A —> Select All Items in Opened Window
  • Command + B —> Bold the selected text Or Toggle bold Text On/Off
  • Command + C —> Copy Selected Items or Text
  • Command + D —> Select the Desktop folder in Open and Save dialog boxes
  • Command + E —> Use Selection for a find
  • Command + F —> Open a Find Window or Find Text in a Document
  • Command + G —> Find the next occurrence of the selection
  • Command + H —> Hide the window of running app
  • Command + I —> Italicize the selected Text Or Toggle Italicize On/Off
  • Command + J —> Show View Option
  • Command + K —>Connect to Server
  • Command + L —> Make Alias of the selected items
  • Command + M —> Minimize the active Window to the Dock
  • Command + N —> Create a new document in the frontmost app or New Finder Window
  • Command + O —> Display a dialog for choosing a document to open in the frontmost app
  • Command + P —> Print the Current Document
  • Command + Q —> Quit the frontmost app
  • Command + S —> Save the running document
  • Command + T —> Show or Hide the Font Window
  • Command + U —> Underline the selected Text or Toggle underline On/Off
  • Command + V —> Paste Copied Items or Text and Start up in Verbose Mode
  • Command + W —> Close the frontmost window
  • Command + X —> Remove Selected Item / Place a Copy on Clipboard
  • Command + R —> Use OS X Recovery
  • Command + S —> Start Up in Single User Mode
  • Command + Z —> Undo the previous action or command
  • Command + Option + A —>Deselects All Items
  • Command + Option + D —> Show or Hide Dock
  • Command + Option + T —> Show/Hide toolbar when single tab is opened in Finder Window
  • Command + Option + V —> Move selected files from original location to current location
  • Command + Option + Y —>View a QuickLook slideshow of your selected files
  • Command + Shift + Z —> Redo
  • Command + Shift + P —> Display a window for specifying document parameters
  • Command + Shift + S —> Display the Save as dialog box or duplicate the current document
  • Command + Control + D —> Show or Hide definition of selected word
  • Command + Control + T —>Add to Sidebar ( OS X Mavericks )
  • Command + Control + I —> Get Summary Info
  • Command + Option + F —> Move to Search Field Control
  • Command + Shift + F —> Show all my files Window
  • Command + Shift + G —> Find the previous occurrence of the selection
  • Command + Shift + H —> Open the Home Folder for currently Logged in user
  • Command + Shift + I —> Open iCloud Drive
  • Command + Option + H —> Hide the Windows of all Other running apps
  • Command + Option + W —> Close all Windows in current app
  • Command + Option + I —> Display an inspector Window
  • Command + Shift + K —> Open Network Window
  • Command + Shift + L —> Open Downloads Folder
  • Command + Shift + O —> Open Documents Folder
  • Command + Shift + R —> Open the AirDrop Window
  • Command + Shift + F —> Open Utilities Folder
  • Command + Option + M —> Minimize all windows of the active dock
  • Command + Option + P —> Show/Hide the Path bar
  • Command + Option + S —> Show/Hide the sidebar
  • Command + Spacebar —> Show or hide the spotlight search
  • Command + Delete —> Select Don’t Save in Dialog box that contain a delete or Don’t save buttons
  • Command + Shift + Delete —> Empty Trash
  • Command + Shift + Option + Delete —> Empty Trash without confirmation dialog
  • Command + Option + Spacebar —> Show the spotlight search result window
  • Command + Tab —> Move Forward
  • Command + Option + R —> Use Internet Recovery on Supported Computers
  • Command + Shift + 3 —> Capture the Screen to the file
  • Command + Shift + 4 —> Capture a Selection of a window to the file
  • Command + Shift + Control + 3 —> Capture the screen to the Clipboard
  • Command + Shift + Control + 4 —> Capture a selection of the screen to Clipboard
  • Command + Control + Power Button —> Force Restart and Quit All Apps then restart the computer
  • Command + Option +Power Button —> Sleep and quit all apps then shutdown the computer
  • Command + Shift + Option + V —> Apple the style of surrounded text to the inserted object
  • Command + Shift + Q —> Log Out
  • Command + Shift + Option + Q —> Immediate Log Out
  • Command + F1 —> Toggle Mirror Display
  • Command + F2 —> Toggle Target Display mode
  • Command + F3 —> Show Desktop
  • Command + F5 —> Toggle VoiceOver On or OFF
  • Command Plus ( + ) —> Increase the size of selected window
  • Command + Minus ( – ) —> Decrease the Size of Selected Item
  • Command + Colon ( : ) —> Display Spelling and Grammar Window
  • Command + Semicolon (;) —> Find Misspelled words in Window
  • Command + Comma ( , ) —> Open the front app preference window
  • Command + Accent ( ‘ ) —> Activate the next open window in the frontmost app
  • Command + Question Mark ( ? ) —> Open the Help menu
  • Command + Option + Esc —> Choose an app to force quit
  • Command + Shift + Option + Esc —> Force Quit the frontmost app
  • Command + Shift + Accent ( ‘ ) —> Activate the previous open window in the frontmost app
  • Command + Option + Accent ( ‘ ) —> Move focus to Window Drawer
  • Command + Option + Plus (+) —>  Zoom In
  • Command + Option + Minus ( – ) —>  Zoom Out
  • Command + Option + Comma ( , ) —> Reduce Contrast
  • Command + Option + Period ( . ) —> Increase Contrast
  • Command + Option + Control + 8 —> Invert/Revert the screen colors
  • Command + Forward Slash ( / ) —> Show/Hide Status Bar
  • Command + 1 —> View as icon
  • Command + 2 —> View as List
  • Command + 3 —> View as Column
  • Command + 4 —> View as Cover Flow
  • Command + Left Bracket ( [ ) —> Go to the Previous Folder
  • Command + Right Bracket ( ] ) —> Go to the Next Folder
  • Command + Up Arrow —> Open the folder which contains current or running folder
  • Command + Option + Up Arrow —> Open the folder which contains current or running folder in a new window
  • Command + Down Arrow —> Open Highlighted Item
  • Command + Double Click —> Open a Folder in separate window and closes the current window
  • Command + Click the Window Title —> See the folder which contains current running window
  • Command while dragging —> Move the dragged item to another location
  • Command + Option Key while dragging —> Make an alias of dragged items or folders
  • Option or Alt —> Display all Startup Volumes
  • Shift —> Start Up in Safe mode
  • C —> Start From Bootable Media
  • D —> Use Apple Hardware Test
  • T —> Start up in Target Disk Mode
  • N —> Start from NetBoot Server
  • X —> Force OS X Start Up
  • Hold Power button for 1.5 seconds —> Restart/ Shut down dialog box/ sleep
  • Control + Power Button —> Show the Restart/ Shutdown/ Sleep dialog box
  • Shift + Control + Power Button —> Put all Displays to Sleep
  • fn+Delete —> Forward Delete
  • fn+ Up Arrow —> Scroll Up one Page
  • fn+ Down Arrow —> Scroll Down One Page
  • fn+ Right Arrow —> Scroll to the Beginning of the web page
  • fn+ Left Arrow —> Scroll to the end of the document
  • Option + Right Arrow —> Move the text insertions to the end of the next word
  • Option + Left Arrow —> Move the text insertions to the beginning of the previous word
  • Option + Delete —> Delete the word which is left of the cursor
  • Shift + Left Arrow —> Extend Text Selection one character to the left
  • Shift + Right Arrow —> Extend Text selection one character to the right
  • Shift + Up Arrow —> Extend text selection to the line above at the same horizontal location
  • Shift + Down Arrow —> Extend text selection to the line below at the same horizontal location
  • Shift + Option + Right Arrow —> Extend text selection to the end of the current word, then to the end of the following word when you will press it again
  • Shift + Option + Left Arrow —> Extend text selection to the beginning of the current word, then to the beginning of the following word when you will press it again
  • Shift + Option + Down Arrow —> Extend text selection to the end of the current paragraph, then to the end of the following paragraph when you will press it again
  • Shift + Option + Up Arrow —> Extend text selection to the beginning of the current paragraph, then to the beginning of the following paragraph when you will press it again
  • Control + A —> Move to the Beginning of the line or Paragraph
  • Control + B —> Move one character backward
  • Control + D —> Delete the Character in front of the cursor
  • Control + E —> Move to the Beginning of the line or Paragraph
  • Control + F —> Move one character forward
  • Control + H —> Delete the Character Behind the cursor
  • Control + K —> Delete from the Cursor in front of the cursor to the end of the paragraph or line
  • Control + L —> Center the cursor or selection in the visible area
  • Control + N —> Move Down One Line
  • Control + O —> Insert New line after a cursor
  • Control + P —> Move up one line
  • Control + T —> Transpose the character behind the cursor
  • Control + V —> Move Down
  • Option + Control + F8 —> Open VoiceOver Utility
  • Tab —> Move to the next control
  • Shift + Tab —> Move to the previous control
  • Control + Tab —> Move to the next control
  • Shift + Control + Tab —> Move focus to the previous grouping of control
  • Control + Arrow Keys —> Move to a control adjacent to text field
  • Space bar —> Select the highlighted menu item
  • Enter —> Click the default button
  • Esc —> Click the cancel button
  • Shift + Control + F6 —> Move Focus to the previous panel
  • Control + F7 —> Temporarily override the current keyboard access mode in windows and dialog boxes
  • Control + F8 —> Move to the status menu in the menu bar
  • Numeric Keypad 8 —> Move Up
  • Numeric Keypad 2 —> Move Down
  • Numeric Keypad 4 —> Move Left
  • Numeric Keypad 6 —> Move Right
  • Numeric Keypad 1 —> Move diagonally bottom left
  • Numeric Keypad 3 —> Move diagonally bottom right
  • Numeric Keypad 7 —> Move diagonally top left
  • Numeric Keypad 9 —> Move diagonally top right
  • Numeric Keypad 5 —> Press Mouse Button
  • Numeric Keypad 0 —> Hold Mouse button
Rahul is the Editor-in-Chief at Thetechhacker, PhoneSetter and TheWearableNews. After realizing an obsession with technology, he left his job career to write about technology.
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