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MacBook Fn/Option/Ctrl keyboard shortcuts

Posted by jpluimers on 2014/04/11

I know that Apple likes “design”, but boy their desing resulted into Mac OS X having lots of Fn/Option/Ctrl/Shift keyboard shortcuts.

Being a keyboard person (before the DOS era), I love to learn new keyboard shortcuts to make my life easier, while vendors are step by step hiding information about them.

I will update this table over time to reflect even better the ones I use most regularly.

BTW: a few links to other shortcut pages/videos:

Keyboard shortcuts I use most often
Fn Shift Control Option Command Key Action (Key) Gesture
Fn Shift Ctrl Option Command Key Action Gesture
Ctrl A Move to begin of line (Home)
Ctrl E Move to end of line
Ctrl Left Move one full screen to the left Three finger swipe left
Ctrl Right Move one full screen to the right Three finger swipe right
Option Left Move one word to the left
Option Right Move one word to the right
Command M Minimize window
Command Left Move to begin of line (Home)
Command Right Move to end of line (End)
Command Up Move one page up (Page Up)
Command Down Move one page down (Page Down)
Ctrl Down Show tiles of Windows for current application
Ctrl Up Show tiles of running applications
Command ` (BackTick) Move to the next Window for the current application
Command C Copy selection to clipboard
Command V Paste selection from clipboard
Command X Cut selection to clipboard
Command Z Undo last action
Command P Print current window/document
Command W Close current window/document
F11 Hide/show all Windows and show/hide desktop
F12 Go to/from dashboard
Fn Left Page Up
Fn Right Page Down
Fn Up Home
Fn Down End
Command H Hide application window
Command Tab Switch application forward
Shift Command Tab Switch application backward
Command T Open a new Tab in your application
Command N Open a new Window in your application
Command Q Quit (Exit) your application
Ctrl Option Command 8 Switch video to inverted (and back)
Command Space Spotlight quick search
Command , (Comma) Go to the preferences/settings of the current application
Ctrl F7 Change how Tab moves (all controls or edit/lists)
Shift Command 3 Save a print screen (screenshot) of the full screen to a file on your desktop
Shift Command 4 Save a print screen (screenshot) of a screen selection or a selected window to a file on your desktop
(space-bar switches between selection/window)
Shift Ctrl Command 3 Save a print screen (screenshot) of the full screen to the clipboard
Shift Ctrl Command 4 Save a print screen (screenshot) of a screen selection or a selected window to the clipboard
(space-bar switches between selection/window)
Option Command + (Plus) Screed zoom in
Option Command – (Minus) Screen zoom out
Command A Select all
Option Command Esc Force quit an application
Command L Show the address line in your web browser
Shift Option K  (the Apple logo)
Option Command W Close all Windows (but do not quit application)
Shift Command Delete In finder: Empty the trash (confirm with dialog)
Command N Open new application window
Command F Find text
 Fn Delete Delete character after the cursor (Ctrl-D)
Ctrl D Delete character after the cursor (Delete)
Command + (Plus) Zoom in
Command – (Minus) Zoom out
Command [ Navigate backwards
Command ] Navigate forwards
Ctrl F2 Focus the menu
Ctrl F3 Focus the finder
Ctrl F4 Focus the active/next window
Shift Ctrl F4 Focus the previous window
Ctrl F5 Focus the toolbar (if any)
Ctrl F6 Focus the first/next panel
Shift Ctrl F6 Focus the previous panel

–jeroen

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