Top 10 Mac Keyboard Shortcuts You Should Know

If you’re the proud owner of a MacBook, then you’re already used to the fact that this type of computer is designed in such a way as to allow you easy access to the most important things you need, and make everything as user-friendly as possible. One of the things that make it so easy to use is the fact that it comes with keyboard shortcuts, which can save you time and effort whenever you’re on the run and have to do something on your Mac. Today, we’re going to tell you all about the top 10 Mac keyboard shortcuts that you should know, and how you can use them.

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Top 10 Mac Keyboard Shortcuts

1. Close Window

Perhaps one of the most useful Mac keyboard shortcuts is the one that allows you to close one or multiple windows. When you’re on the window that you want to close, all you have to do is press Cmd + W, and the window will disappear. The great thing about this shortcut is that it doesn’t entirely close the application that you were using, just the window you were in. It doesn’t only work with almost every application on your Mac, but also with Safari tabs, so feel free to use it whenever.

2. Take Screenshots

Oftentimes we find ourselves wanting to save something we’re currently looking at on our Mac, whether to be able to view it later, or to send it to someone else. Now, you can easily do that by taking a screenshot. All you have to press is Cmd + Shift + 3. If you don’t want to capture the entire image, and are looking for a way to choose what you want to capture, press Cmd + Shift + 4 instead.

3. Switch Application

Let’s say you’re currently in an app and you want to switch to another one you have open on your Mac. Of course, you could go to the Dock, but this would be a waste of time. Instead, you can press the Tab key as many times as needed to reach the app you want. If you press Shift, your search will head in the opposite direction.

4. Select All

One of the best Mac keyboard shortcuts ever, the Select All one does save you a lot of time. Instead of manually selecting multiple pages of text, a bunch of images, or a series of documents and files, you can simply press Cmd + A and your Mac will do that for you in a matter of seconds.

5. Cancel

Sometimes, you simply change your mind about something and you want to cancel a command. You can do that by pressing Cmd + . This works both for dialogues and for copying files, and it instantly stops the operation.

6. Undo

Don’t you just hate that feeling when you accidentally press something and you have to undo the action? Well, now it’s easier than ever to do this if you press Cmd + Z in whatever application you’re using. If you’ve changed your mind yet again and want to redo the command, or basically undo the previous undo, all you have to do is press Cmd + Y.

7. Open Preferences

If you want to reach the Preferences menu really fast, you should press Cmd +, which will immediately take you to the place where you can change the settings on your Mac. Just keep in mind the fact that this is one of the Mac keyboard shortcuts that if you use while you’re in an app, will open the settings for that particular app instead of your general settings.

8. Open iCloud Drive

Yet another useful Mac keyboard shortcut, the Cmd + Shift + I one allows you to access the files on your iCloud drive in no time and with little effort.

9. Copy, Cut, Paste

All of these options that we’re so used to can be accessed really easy with the help of your Mac keyboard if you press Cmd + C (for copying), Cmd + X (for cutting), and Cmd + V (for pasting). Also, keep in mind that pressing Cmd +Option + Shift + V allows you to match the text you’re copying to the destination.

10. Empty Trash

If you’re tired of always having to answer whether you’re sure you want to empty the trash or not, just press Cmd + Shift + Option + Delete and you’ll skip the confirmation window.

We hope these 10 Mac keyboard shortcuts will help you save some time and effort by quickly telling your Mac what command you want to use.

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