Discover every useful keyboard command shortcut for your Mac.

Keyboard shortcuts are a great way to perform an action using your Mac, without touching the mouse or even looking at the screen. Using keyboard shortcuts it’s possible to copy and paste, swap between apps, hide a window and much more.

First, the basics

See the button next to the spacebar on your Mac? It has a looped square symbol () in the top corner, with the word Command underneath. This is the Command key, and it acts as a shortcut for a number of tasks. Take printing for example. If, at any time, you want to quickly print the current page or document, press the Command key, keep holding it down, then press P key. The print dialogue window will then appear, offering you the ability to print whatever you’re looking at. This method of holding the Command key, then pressing another key, is used for a wide range of tasks.

Common commands

  • Command-Q: Quits the current application.
  • Command-O: Open a new file, or open a selected file in the Finder.
  • Command-A: Selects everything.
  • Spacebar: Select a file then press Spacebar to preview it.
  • Command-F: Find items or search your Mac.
  • Command-S: Save whatever you’re working on.
  • Command-W: Close the current window.
  • Command-H: Hide the current app or window.
  • Command-P: Print the current window or dialogue.
  • Command-Z: Undo your most recent action.
  • Command-Shift-Z: Redo the most recent action.
  • Command-Spacebar: Open Spotlight.
  • Command-Tab: Swap between open apps.
  • Option-Command-Esc: Force quit an app if it has crashed.
  • Command-Shift-3: Capture the entire screen and save an image to the Desktop.
  • Command-Shift-4: Capture a specific part of the screen.
  • Command-Shift-4-Space: Capture the current window or view.
  • Spacebar: Select a file then press Spacebar to preview it.


Sleep, power and log out commands

  • Power button: Press to put your Mac to sleep. Hold down for 1.5 seconds to display a dialog asking if you would like to sleep, restart or shut down. Hold for 5 seconds to force your Mac to shut down.
  • Shift-Command-Q: Log out of your user account.
  • Option-Shift-Command-Q: Log out of your account immediately.


Finder commands

  • Command-D: Duplicate a file/s.
  • Command-E: Eject a selected disk or volume.
  • Command-I: Show the Get Info window for a selected file.
  • Shift-Command-C: Open the Computer window.
  • Shift-Command-D: Open the Desktop folder.
  • Shift-Command-F: Open the All My Files window.
  • Shift-Command-G: Open a Go to Folder window.
  • Shift-Command-H: Go to the Home folder of your account.
  • Shift-Command-I: Open your iCloud Drive.
  • Shift-Command-K: Open the Network window.
  • Option-Command-L: Open your Downloads folder.
  • Shift-Command-O: Open the Documents folder.
  • Shift-Command-R: Open the AirDrop window.
  • Control-Shift-Command-T: Add selected Finder item to the Dock.
  • Shift-Command-U: Open the Utilities folder.
  • Control-Command-T: Add the selected item to the sidebar.
  • Command-J: Show View Options.
  • Command-K: Open the Connect to Server window.
  • Command-L: Make an alias of the selected item.
  • Command-N: Open a new Finder window.
  • Shift-Command-N: Create a new folder.
  • Option-Command-N: Create a new Smart Folder.
  • Command-R: Show the original file for the selected alias.
  • Command-Y: Use Quick Look to preview the selected files.
  • Command-1: View the items in the Finder window as icons.
  • Command-2: View the items in a Finder window as a list.
  • Command-3: View the items in a Finder window in columns.
  • Command-4: View the items in a Finder window with Cover Flow.
  • Command–Mission Control: Show the desktop.
  • Option–double-click: Open a folder in a separate window.
  • Command–double-click: Open a folder in a separate tab or window.
  • Command-Delete: Move the selected item to the Trash.
  • Shift-Command-Delete: Empty the Trash.
  • Option-Shift-Command-Delete: Empty the Trash immediately.
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