20 OS X Keyboard Shortcuts You Might Not Know

By AlexLayne on December 12th, 2010

Mastering the keyboard will not only increase your navigation speed but it can also help with wrist fatigue. Here are some lesser known OS X shortcuts to help you become a keyboard ninja.

After our article last week covering keyboard shortcuts for Windows that you might be unaware of, we had lots of requests for the best OS X shortcuts as well, so we’ve compiled a list of shortcuts you may or may not be aware of.

Image by Daniel Novta.

Global Menu Shortcuts

Fn-Arrow Keys is the equivalent of the Home/End and PageUp/PageDown buttons on a PC; Left-arrow and right-arrow for Home and End, Up-arrow and down-arrow for PageUp and PageDown.

Fn-Delete deletes one character to the right of the cursor, same as forward-delete on a PC.

Ctrl-F2 moves focus to the Menubar. You can use the arrow keys to select menu items and enter to apply them.

Ctrl-F3 moves focus to the Dock. You can navigate around with the arrow keys to select applications and enter to switch to them.

Ctrl-Cmd-D displays a popup dictionary for a selected word. Just hover over the word with the cursor and hit the shortcut. Useful for quick definitions.

Cmd-Q quits the current application.

Opt-Cmd-Escape opens the force quit menu where you can selectively force quit applications.

Holding Shift-Cmd-Opt-Esc for three seconds force quits the frontmost application (Leopard and Snow Leopard only).

Ctrl-Eject opens the shutdown/restart/sleep dialogue.

Ctrl-Shift-Eject puts the display to sleep immediately.

Opt-Cmd-Eject puts the computer to sleep immediately.

Ctrl-Opt-Cmd-Eject shuts down the computer immediately.

Finder Shortcuts

Enter renames selected file.

Cmd-O opens the selected folder in the Finder.

Shift-Cmd-N creates a new folder in the current directory.

Cmd-J opens the View Options panel, where you can tweak settings for how a specific folder appears in the Finder, such as icon size.

Cmd-I opens the Get Info panel for the selected item.

Cmd-Delete sends selected file(s) to Trash.

Shift-Cmd-Delete empties the Trash with confirmation.

Shift-Opt-Cmd-Delete empties the Trash without confirmation.

Alex is a Mac geek and former hackintosher, as well as other stuff.

  • Published 12/12/10
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