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Mac Shortcuts

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While booting your Mac:

  • Hold C key to startup from CD-ROM (change password)
  • Hold T key to startup in Target Disk Mode
  • Hold N key to startup in Net
  • Hold Option key to select startup disk
  • Hold mouse button to eject removable discs
  • cmd + V for verbose boot mode
  • cmd + S for single user mode
  • cmd + Option + P + R to reset parameter RAM
  • cmd + X to boot Mac OS X

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While using OS X / Finder:

  • cmd + TAB = cycle through apps
  • cmd + M or double-click Title Bar = minimize
  • cmd + H = hide window
  • cmd + delete = move to trash
  • cmd + I = get info
  • cmd + alt + ESC = force quit apps
  • cmd + C = copy
  • cmd + V = paste
  • cmd + X = cut
  • cmd + A = select all
  • cmd + Z = undo
  • cmd + Z + shift = redo
  • cmd + Q = close app
  • cmd + W = close window
  • cmd + N = new Finder window
  • cmd + down arrow = launches highlighted app
  • cmd + shift + A = apps
  • cmd + shift + U = utilities

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Menubar

  • ctrl + F2 = activate the apple icon in the menubar (left) – keyboard control the menu
  • ctrl + F8 = activates an item in your menubar (right) – keyboard control menubar items

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Arrow Keys:

  • cmd + left = beginning of line
  • cmd + right = end of line

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Cursor Shortcuts:

  • ctrl + A = cursor jumps to beginning of line
  • ctrl + E = cursor jumps to end of line
  • ctrl + B = cursor jumps one character forward
  • ctrl + F = cursor jumps one character back
  • ctrl + N = cursor jumps to next line
  • ctrl + P = cursor jumps to previous line
  • ctrl + D = Forward delete
  • ctrl + K = Deletes all characters between cursor and end of line

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Screen Capturing:

  • cmd + shift + 3 = captures whole screen
  • cmd + shift + 4 = captures selected region
  • Hold Spacebar after drawing the region = moves the selected region
  • cmd + shift + 4, spacebar = captures window with camera icon
  • ESC = cancel the screenshot action

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Terminal:

  • Doubleclick = select word
  • Tripelclick = select the line
  • Drag item to Terminal = Adds complete path to item into terminal
  • cmd + Shift + K = connect to server dialog
  • ctrl + C = break

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Sleep, Restart, Shutdown:

  • option + CMD + Eject = sleep
  • CTRL + CMD + Eject = restart
  • CTRL + Option + CMD + Eject = shutdown

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Apple Docs:

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Third party docs:

19 Responses to “Mac Shortcuts”

  1. Dustin Says:

    Great list! One thing I’ve been wondering about Finder would be this: if I’m navigating through a directory with the arrow keys and I’ve got a folder selected, how do I open it up? If I hit enter, it prompts to rename the directory rather than opening it. Thanks in advance!

  2. littleb Says:

    Dustin –

    cmd + O = open file/program

    or

    cmd + down arrow = open file/program
    (as stated above)

    hope this helps.

  3. fidel Says:

    Hi Dustin,

    i guess your question is answered already. Great

    @littleb:
    thanks for the support.

    greetings
    fidel

  4. Achim Says:

    great post. thanx a lot. :-)
    greetz

  5. Markus Says:

    There is another option,

    there is a small app (www.returnopen.com) that let’s you open apps as in Windoze et al with the enter key …

  6. fidel Says:

    Thanks Markus

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  9. Mike Says:

    I need to create a Shortcut command of Terminal to launch my SSH Tunnel connection manually by double clicking it or when OSX firsts starts automatically.

    I can do this on Windows XP by right clicking the (Desktop/New/Shortcut) where it says Type the location of the item: “C:Program FilesPuTTYplink.exe” -batch -v -ssh -N -l admin -D 55467 bot1.mytunnel.com -P 80
    Then I click Next>
    Where it says Type a name for this shortcut: Private SSH Tunnel
    Then I Finish>
    The dialog window closes and my “Private SSH Tunnel” Shortcut is on my desktop.

    I just bought an OSX and would like to do the same. What steps would I need to do to accomplish this task to create a clickable Shortcut on my Desktop?

    Thank You

  10. fidel Says:

    Hi Mike,

    i guess this post might help:
    http://macfidelity.de/2007/01/11/howto-create-ssh-shortcuts/

    So basically you dont need something like Putty, as SSH is already a part of your OS.

    Your tools to focus on apart from the link above is Terminal.app (located in /Applications/Utilities) and the command “ssh” -> enter “man ssh” in Terminal for more informations)

    Let me know if you have problems
    Best regards
    fidel

  11. Mike Says:

    Thanks fidel,

    That is what I was looking for an alias LOL.

    I just need to create a SSH command that works right.

    And I’m in business :D

  12. fidel Says:

    hehe – no problem man :)

    Have a good day
    fidel

  13. makomi Says:

    cmd + shift + space = captures window

  14. fidel Says:

    @makomi:

    meinst du: CMD + SHIFT + 4 ++ SPACE ?

  15. Jann Says:

    cmd + shift + 4 -> space = captures window

    But it’s already explained in this post
    ;)

  16. fidel Says:

    jo … aber den hab ich oben schon in der liste ;)

    *konfussion*

  17. Jann Says:

    Mh.. am end unter 10.6 ;)

  18. makomi Says:

    Nee, ich meinte schon das, was ich oben geschrieben habe. Ich habe die Info von http://www.macforlife.de/2009/07/07/meine-5-nutzlichsten-mac-shortcuts/ und konnte sie bis dato nicht verifizieren. Sollte das alles nicht stimmen, dann lösch doch bitte meinen Mist :)

  19. fidel Says:

    @makomi:

    die meinten was ich angenommen habe … sprich: war ein typo bei macforlife – ist inzwischen gefixt ;)

    Gruss
    fidel

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