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Complete List of MacBook Keyboard shortcuts [Updated]

If you want to increase productivity in office work then you should know keyboard shortcuts as this will save you a lot of times. We have listed all the MacBook keyboard shortcuts that enhance your workflow.

These keyboard shortcuts are very handy if you are working in a corporate as these keyboard shortcuts will help to finish your task quickly.

Although in the past few years Apple has been slow in giving groundbreaking innovations still their hardware is best in class and are still in use in various industries such as technology, movies, etc.

Note: that this list is compiled from various big sources on the internet and all credit goes to them. In this post, I have compiled mostly all shortcuts.

MacBook Keyboard shortcuts cheat sheet

  1. Show and hide Spotlight Search: Command + Space bar
  2. Show and hide the Dock: Option + Command + D
  3. Show the Character Viewer: Control + Command + Space bar
  4. Display the current app in full screen: Control + Command + F
  5. Full display screenshot: Command + Shift + 3
  6. Selection screenshot: Command + Shift + 4
  7. Open Screen Utility: Command + Shift + 5
  8. Open the Computer window: Shift + Command + C
  9. Open the Desktop folder: Shift + Command + D
  10. Open the Recents folder: Shift + Command + F
  11. Open the Downloads folder: Option + Command + L
  12. Open the Documents folder: Shift + Command + O
  13. Open the Utilities folder: Shift + Command + U
  14. Open the AirDrop window: Shift + Command + R
  15. Open a Go To Folder window: Shift + Command + G
  16. Open the iCloud Drive folder: Shift + Command + I (uppercase i)
  17. View items in Finder as icons: Command + 1
  18. View items in Finder as a list: Command + 2
  19. View items in Finder as columns: Command + 3
  20. Create a new folder: Shift + Command + N
  21. Create a new Smart Folder: Option + Command + N
  22. Show and hide the Sidebar: Option + Command + S
  23. Show and hide the Path Bar: Option + Command + P
  24. Show and hide the Status Bar: Option + Command + /
  25. Bold and un-bold text: Command + B
  26. Italicize or un-italicize text: Command + I (uppercase i)
  27. Underline or un-underline text: Command + U
  28. Page up: Fn + Up arrow
  29. Page down: Fn + Down arrow
  30. Go to the beginning of the document (Home): Fn + Left arrow
  31. Go to end of the document (End): Fn + Right arrow
  32. Command s Save document: Command + S
  33. Command p Print document: Command + P
  34. Command H Hide the windows of the front app: Command-H
  35. Command z Undo: Command + Z
  36. Redo: Shift + Command + Z
  37. Command x cut: Command + X
  38. Command c copy: Command + C
  39. Command v paste: Command + V
  40. Select all items: Command + A
  41. Command f Find items: Command + F
  42. Minimize front window: Command + M
  43. Close the front window: Command + W
  44. Open preferences for the front app: Command Comma (,)
  45. Force quit an app: Option + Command + Esc
  46. Switch to the next most-recently-used app: Command-Tab
  47. Empty the Trash: Shift-Command-Delete

Here is a video from beebom which tells that there is some setting that you can change for better user experience

Some uncommon useful shortcuts

  1. Put your Mac to sleep: Option + Command + Power button
  2. Put your display to sleep: Control + Shift + Power button
  3. Log out of your Mac user account: Shift + Command + Q
  4. Force restart without an option to save open files: Control + Command + Power button
  5. Quit all apps and shut down with the option to save open files: Control + Option + Command + Power button
  6. Display a dialog box to restart, sleep, or shut down: Control + Power button

Sleep, log out, and shut down shortcuts

  1. Press to turn on your Mac or wake it from sleep: Power button
  2. Immediately lock your screen: Control-Command-Q
  3. Log out of your macOS user account: Shift-Command-Q
  4. Put your Mac to sleep: Option–Command–Power button
  5. Put your displays to sleep: Control–Shift–Power button

Doing web browsing over Safari? Use these shortcuts

safari browser shortcuts
safari browser shortcuts
  1. To slowly scroll up, down, left, or right: Press the corresponding Arrow key.
  2. To scroll in larger increments: Hold Option and press the corresponding Arrow key.
  3. To scroll down a page or screen: Press the Spacebar. Or, if your keyboard has one, press the Page Down button.
  4. To scroll up a page or screen: Hold Shift and press the spacebar. Or, if your keyboard has one, press the Page Up button.
  5. Scroll to the top of a page: Hold Command and press the Up Arrow. Or, if your keyboard has one, press the Home button.
  6. To scroll to the bottom of a page: Hold Command and press the Down Arrow. Or, if your keyboard has one, press the End button.

Using Preview? Top Preview App shortcuts!

Preview app (pic: appinsider)
Preview app (pic: appinsider)
  1. Enter slideshow mode Command (⌘) + Shift (⇧) + F.
  2. Zoom in or out the zoom out function is accessed by pressing Command (⌘) + Minus (-) on your keyboard, while the zoom in function is accessed by pressing Command (⌘) + Plus (+) on your keyboard.
  3. Zoom to selections your mouse or trackpad and draw a selection on an image, then press Command (⌘) + Shift (⇧) + 8 and the image will be zoomed to the selected area only.
  4. Adjust the color of an image: –Command (⌘) + Option (⌥) + C on your keyboard
  5. Rotate an image:- To rotate an image to the left 90º, press Command (⌘) + L on your keyboard. Alternatively, you can rotate an image to the right 90º by pressing Command (⌘) + R on your keyboard.
  6. Crop an image
    To quickly crop an image that you’ve opened with Preview, you can press Command (⌘) + K on your keyboard, and this will bring up the cropping boundaries. You may now use your mouse or trackpad to adjust the cropping boundaries to your satisfaction.
  7. Toggle sidebar options: –You can switch to table of contents view by pressing Command (⌘) + Option (⌥) + 3 or you can hide the sidebar completely by pressing Command (⌘) + Option (⌥) + 1 on your keyboard.
  8. Show or hide the image inspector Command (⌘) + I
  9. Duplicate the opened Command (⌘) + Shift (⇧) + S

So guys this it! This is the extensive list of all the shortcuts that you need to know to be a pro in a MacBook environment

Last Few words

These are just a few of the useful Mac shortcuts. For each and every Apple’s default app, the number of shortcuts varies. We would be adding more Shortcut tutorials in the coming future.


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