Mac Keyboard Shortcuts

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Glossary of Terms

These keyboard shortcuts will get you started with your Mac; dozens more are built into OS X. Fore more tips and tricks subscribe to our flagship newsletter, Kibbles & Bytes and read our blog, Barkings!.

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In the Finder

In the Finder

Close Window Command-W
Close all Windows Option-Command-W
Expand folder (list view) Command-Right Arrow
Expand folder and nester subfolders (list view) Option-Command-Right Arrow
Collapse Folder (list view) Command-Left-Arrow
Open parent folder and close current window Option-Command-Up Arrow

Universal Access

Universal Access

Turn on Zoom Option-Command-*
Zoom in Option-Command-+
Zoom out Option-Command--
Switch to White on Black Control-Option-Command-*
Turn on Full Keyboard Access Control-F1
Highlight Menu Control-F2
Highlight Dock Control-F3
Highlight Window Control-F4
Highlight Toolbar Control-F5
Highlight Utility window (palette) Control-F6
Turn VoiceOver on or off Command-F5
Open VoiceOver Utility Control-Option-F8
Display VoiceOver Menu Control-Option-F7
Enable/disable VoiceOver Control-Option Lock Control-Option-;
5 to click - any number away from 5 on the key-board moves the mouse Mouse keys

During Startup

During Startup

Force Mac OS X startup Hold X during startup
Bypass primary startup volume and seek a different startup volume (such as a CD or external disk) Option-Command-Shift-Delete
Start up from a CD that has a system folder HOld C during startup
Attempt to start up from a compatible netowrk server (NetBoot) Hold N during startup
Start up in a FireWire Target Disk mode Press T during startup
Start up in SafeBoot mode and temporarily disable login items and non-essential kernal extension files Press Shift during startup
Start up in Verbose mode Command-V
Start up in Single-User mode Command-S

Other Shortcuts

Other Shortcuts

Show/Hide Dock Option-Command-D
Switch application Command-Tab
Move up one directory Command-Up Arrow
Move down one directory Command-Down Arrow
Move up one page Page Up
Move down one page Page Down
Copy to a new location Option-Drag
Make alias in new location Option-Command-Drag
Move to new location with-out copying Command-Drag
Show Colors palette Shift-Command-C
Show Font palette Command-T
Take a picture of the screen Command-Shift-3
Take a picture of the selection Command-Shift-4
Force Quit Option-Command-Escape
Restart, Sleep, Shutdown dialog box Control-Eject
Quit all applications and restart Control-Command-Eject
Forward Delete Function-Delete

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