If you use a computer all the time like me, you would realise that using the mouse or the touchpad is really a stressful exercise. Reaching for mouse every time is the worst.
Luckily, there are many tasks that can be done with the keyboard, and even faster. And if you are good at remembering key combos, you are more than lucky. This piece is going to teach about some useful MacBook keyboard shortcuts to get you through.
Useful MacBook keyboards shortcuts
Cut, copy and paste
These are perhaps the most used set of commands when editing a document on almost every computer.
For cut, you use Command + X, for copying, you use the combination of Command + C. To paste a cut or copied item, the combo Command + V does the job perfectly.
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Undo and redo changes
Another set of commonly used keyboard shortcuts is the Undo and Redo commands. It would be very difficult to edit documents if these two commands were not available. To undo a mistake you just did, press the combo of Command + Z.
To undo an action you just undid which is Redo, use the keys combination of Shift + Command + Z.
Availability of the Redo command can sometimes depend on the app’s preferences.
Switch between apps
Switching between apps can be stressful. Sometimes you open some other app when trying to switch to an already opened app with the mouse. To me, the keyboard’s shortcuts are forever accurate and quick.
To switch apps, press the Command + Tab keys. This combo switches between the two most recent apps.
More ways to switch between apps.
The previous combo Command + Tab only switches between two recent apps. But you can actually go beyond that.
Hold Command but let go of the Tab key and the switcher stays open. Then you can press:
- The left and right arrow keys to navigate the app icons. When you let go of the Command key, the highlighted app gets selected.
- Alternatively, tap Tab or Shift + Tab to move left or right respectively.
- Press H to hide the selected app’s windows.
- Press Q to quit the selected app.
- Press the up arrow key to see all of the selected app’s windows.
After invoking the last of those shortcuts, you can let go of Command, then use the arrow keys to select a window, followed by Return to bring it to the foreground and return to the desktop.
Hide and minimize windows
To reduce workspace clutter, the key combinations Command + H and Option + Command + H are the ways to go.
Command + H combo hides the active app’s windows. And the Option + Command + H keys hides all windows other than the current app’s.
On the other hand, you can simply press Command + M to minimize the currently active window into the Dock. It’ll shrink into the area at the right end.
Force an unresponsive app to quit
You may never want to close an app this way — i.e., it becomes unresponsive — but, hey this is a machine. When that happens, your helper is Option + Command + Esc. This shortcut will launch the Force Quit window in which you can force close the unresponsive app.
The unresponsive app is usually indicated clearly in the window. Note that using this, you will lose all unsaved data of the app.
In Mojave version of MacOS, the shortcut Shift + Command + 5 brings out the Screenshots toolbar.
Click Options on the bar to specify where to save the screenshots. From the Options menu, you set a countdown before shots are taken and whether the pointer should be included.
You can also check the most useful Windows keyboard shortcuts to make using the machine easier.