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How to Find Mac Keyboard Shortcuts

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How to Find Mac Keyboard Shortcuts

Whether you are using a Mac for work, school or other purposes, you can save your valuable time with the help of keyboard shortcuts on macOS. There are so many shortcuts available that might get overwhelmed at first, but we will help you by revealing how you can find and find keyboard shortcuts on Mac.

With keyboard shortcuts, you can quickly perform various tasks on macOS ranging from something as simple as switching between applications to something more complicated like searching for words in a dictionary. As the saying goes, “Rome isn’t built in a day” and just like that, you can’t expect to master or memorize all the keyboard shortcuts in a day.

Before you can take advantage of these practical shortcuts, you must find them first. There are two ways to do it. In this article, we will discuss how you can find and access keyboard shortcuts on your macOS machine.

How to Find Mac Keyboard Shortcuts

You can find shortcuts based on the application that you are currently using on your Mac or you can get a list of all the other shortcuts that you can use on your Mac. Just follow the steps below to get started.

  1. The easiest way to find and learn shortcuts is to open the application that you want to work on. In this case, we will use Safari, but you can really try this in any application. You can find application-specific shortcuts by clicking anywhere in the menu bar. As you can see here, shortcuts will be displayed next to the menu items, and they use the Mac keyboard symbol; ⌘ for commands, ⌃ for controls, ⌥ for alt / options, ⇧ for shifts, fn for functions1
  2. To access other shortcuts, click “System Preferences” located in the Dock.2
  3. Here, open the “Keyboard” section.3
  4. Now, click on the “Shortcuts” category and you will find all the shortcuts that you can use when using your Mac. It’s neatly categorized, making it easy to find shortcuts based on the task you need. For example, all shortcuts related to taking and saving screenshots are located under the Screenshot category and so on.4

This is it. Now that you have found the majority of Mac keyboard shortcuts, you can try them out for yourself and improve your workflow.

By the way, you can also create special keyboard shortcuts on Mac from the Keyboard preferences panel.

Thanks to these keyboard shortcuts, you can perform various tasks that should require a mouse or trackpad.

In addition, you can get a great third-party application called CheatSheet that can display all keyboard shortcuts in Mac applications, and if you want more, you can also go to the Apple support webpage where they have registered more than one hundred shortcuts that can be used on a Mac you might want to bookmark the page for later use. And of course we have discussed many articles on keyboard shortcuts in the past too.

It might be useful to review Mac keyboard symbols as well if you are not sure what each one means, and you can learn more about the F key as well if you are interested.

Keyboard shortcuts are very useful, but clearly intended to be used on Apple or Mac keyboards. However if you use a keyboard designed for use with a Windows PC on a Mac, you can use the “Alt” key instead of the option key and “Windows” instead of Command.

Since all Macs currently have multi-touch capabilities with the help of the Magic Mouse, Magic Trackpad, or built-in trackpad on the MacBook, you might also be interested in learning various multi-touch gestures that can be used to perform common tasks on macOS. That being said, if you use a third-party mouse with your Mac, you won’t be able to take advantage of this movement.

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