25 Basic Mac Keyboard Shortcuts

twenty-five basic Mac keyboard shortcuts

by Goom oh I’m gonna show you a lot of

the circles that I’ve been using over

the years I have saved me probably

thousands of hours instead of using your

mouse or trackpad and just going all

over the screen trying to find where to

click using shortcuts can make your

workflow a lot more efficient and if

they will increase your productivity a

lot so before we go into the shortcuts

let me explain your modifier keys our

modifier keys are the keys that you’re

gonna press in before as a combination

in order to get the shortcut working

right and there is for shift command

control + option the one we’re gonna be

using the most is command which is

sometimes abbreviated as CMD sometimes

since shown as an apple icon and

sometimes as that squiggly pound symbol

then the second one we’re gonna use the

most is shift and then ctrl an option

are used but not as much as much and

that the actual 25 shortcuts are these

ones copy pasted cut select all and do

we do switch programs next window close

window news document save documents save

document as open document print document

quick program spotlight new folder

delete files empty trash open

preferences go to the begin or end of a

document at the top of bottom of a

document capture your entire screen

capture custom area of your screen or

capture a specific program window and

then what we’re gonna do next is show

you all of these shortcuts in practice

command C to copy here is how it would

look on your keyboard as you can see

I’ve put an 1 and a 2 just to show the

order because it’s very important to

press the case in the right order right

if you proceed before the command key is

not gonna work you’re gonna write a C

and nothing is gonna happen right so

make sure that you always press the

modifier key first and then the letter

copy obviously a lot of people know this

already but I just wanted to show you

how to how that actually works low key I

just select an area here on this webpage

right and I press command C this text or

whatever even

images gets copied to the clipboard the

keep playboys this virtual invisible

document where stuff gets copied to us

and that so you can paste it later but

you actually can see the contents of the

clipboard if you go to your finder if

you go to your finder and you go to edit

show clipboard you can see exactly what

I just copied now this it’s safe there

for me to be able to paste it anywhere

command V for pasting now that we’ve

copied something into our clipboard

pasting it is very easy just press

command V so we have something on our

clipboard already so all we have to do

is open a document and then we can press

command V to paste it and there it is we

can press it as many times as we want to

and that’s how you paste content command

X to cut content select any area you

want to cut then press command X that

text that content is going to be deleted

from your document but it’s gonna be

saved in your clipboard that means that

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now if I press command-v it gets pasted


command a to select all the content so

we go to our document and we press

command a everything gets selected and

now we can copy deleted we can delete it

very easily by pressing the Delete key

for example we can also select all the

contents of a web page by doing command

a and now we can command C copied and

command V paste it on any document that

we want command Z to undo this is my

favorite one because every time you

screw up or you go oops

then you just press command Z so let’s

say we screw up here and oh oh I deleted

the wrong thing no problem command Z

your problem is fixed magically this is

amazing and and imagine you when I go

back many many times because you screw

up many many times

look I pretty much destroyed this part

of the document no problemo just press

command Z several times and you’re back

to where you started

command shift Z to redo let’s say I make

a mistake here I deleted that by mistake

so I wanna undo that mistake I press

command Z and the mistake has been

undone but let’s say that I wanted that

mistake to stay there well very simple

press command shift Z and we go back to

where we were before command tab to

switch programs instead of going like

trying to find your programs and moving

windows around to find the program you

can want to go to it’s very simple just

press command tab and you’ll get this

display we told the open programs and

now you can easily select when you want

to go you can do with your mouse or if

you actually keep click kicking tab tab

will iterate through all the open

applications command back code to cycle

through open windows in the current

program so right now I’m in text edit

and I have 4 windows up in four

different documents you can see them all

here so instead of using my mouse I can

go command backquote

and really quickly iterate through all

the windows in this program command W to

close a window or a tab on a browser so

if I wanted to close this window window

3 I can go command W and it closes it

the same way for window 4 come on w and

it closes it if I’m in my browser

command W will close that tab right and

close that tab by pressing command W


and to create a new document or to open

a new window on your browser so we press

command and on TextEdit now we’re in a

new document and if we go to our browser

and we press command and it opens a new

browser window command s to save command

s save the document you can see when I

press command S if you look here under

file it lights up that means that we

have actually saved it now if the

document happens to be a document that

we haven’t saved before and we press

command s you can see that TextEdit are

usually the program that you using will

ask you to give it a name and select a

location where you want to save the

document shift command s to save us you

can actually press command shift s as

the order of the modifiers doesn’t

really matter now let’s try this on our

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document shift command s basically what

it does it dublicate the document and

now we can save it as whatever we want

just save it and we can press it as many

times as we want it basically is saving

different copies of the document command

o to open a document or an application

so to open a document just select any

document and press command o and it gets

opened by its default program in this

case it’s just a text file so it gets

open by text edit but if it’s an

application let’s go to applications and

we want to open for example Firefox

which I select Firefox and we press

command o then Firefox opens command P

to print the document simply open any

document and then press command P and

this will bring the printing dialog box

of course you need to have a printer

connected and then all you have to do is

click print and there you go voila you

print your document an interesting thing

that you can do also is if you could

have find there

you select a printable file like a text

file or a word document and you actually

press command P it’s gonna print it

directly you won’t even have to open the

document command Q to quit your program

command cute closes and quits the

program for good command spacebar to

bring spotlight command-spacebar bring

spotlight and now I can search for any

document in my hard drive for example if

I’m looking for the shortcuts document

so as you start typing the resources

start appearing and there you go my

first result and it’s my PDF with all my

shortcuts command spacebar command shift

n to create a new folder in finder so

simply go to finder and then press

command shift N and there you go a new

folder command delete to delete one or

several files so let’s say I want to

delete these four files I press command

delete now there have been taken to the

trash I can actually open the trash and

see that the files are there if I want

to recover them just select them right

click and select put back and they’ll go

back to where they were command shift

delete to empty the trash can alright so

let’s say we’ve been deleting a lot of

stuff for the day right like right now I

can delete these files and delete these


anyways eventually your trash can may be

full of megabytes gigabytes of data and

eventually you don’t need those so if

you want to empty the trash can you can

do that with the shortcut shift or

command shift delete let’s just check

the trash and you can see all of that in

there so when I press that shortcut that

should disappear let’s let’s try command

shift delete it gives me a warning and I

just click empty trash can and there you

go the trash can is empty command coma

to check the preference

of any program so for example in Safari

if I want to check the preferences for

Safari test press command coma and that

brings the preferences for safari in

finder for example called command coma

it brings the preferences for finder

command left and right arrows to go to

the beginning or end of a line or to go

back and forth in your browser for

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example right now we’re at the end of

this line if we want to go to the

beginning of the line which is press

command left arrow and that takes us to

the beginning of the line back to the

end command right exit to the end of the

line if we are browsing away and we want

to go back to where we were before you

can press command left arrow and it

takes us back command right arrow takes

us forward in our history command up or

down arrows to go to the top or bottom

of a document or in the browser as well

so let’s say we have a very big document

instead of one you know scrolling up and

down a lot we want to go to the bottom

right away which is press command down

arrow and it takes it to the button and

if you want to go all the way to the top

which is press command up arrow and that

takes it to the top of the document it

works the same on a browser just press

command down to go to the bottom or

command app to go to the top of the

document command shift three to capture

our entire screen into a file and image

file into our desktop so simply go

command shift three here a picture sound

and then you can see how the image was

created and it has the screenshot and

the date and the time it was taken if

you open it in preview you can see that

that was your entire desktop has been

captured into a PNG file command shift 4

to capture a custom area of your screen

so this is very useful if you want to

send a specific area of your of your

screen to for example a designer and say

you know please fix this part

my website so command shift for you see

now you get some cross hers make sure

that now you just simply drag as big as

you want the area you want to capture

and when you release you’ll hear the

camera shutter sound which means it’s

being captured there you go and now if

we go to our finder the file has been

created and just that specific area has

been captured command shift 4 and then

spacebar to capture a window an entire

window of a program for example let’s

say we want to send somebody our

preferences for Safari so we go command

coma to show the preferences we go to

general here for example and then we

want to capture this window exactly so

it’s very simple to scope command shift

for right and then press spacebar you

can see now we can bring this camera

icon to whichever window we want to

capture exactly so let’s say we want to

capture the preference Preferences

window for Safari and just click here

the shutter sound and then if we go to

finder we have an image file has been

created which contains exactly just that

window and those are the 25 basic Mac

keyboard shortcuts by groom oh thanks

for watching



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