7 Mac Keyboard Shortcuts To Forget and What To Use Instead

Keyboard shortcuts are handy and save time, but some of the keyboard shortcuts you are using right now may not be the best way to go. Here are some examples of common keyboard shortcuts that have better alternatives in many situations.

Comments: 9 Responses to “7 Mac Keyboard Shortcuts To Forget and What To Use Instead”

    Rick Hazen
    3 weeks ago

    Such a helpful video as usual. I've been using Macs since 1985 and still learn new goodies every time I come to MacMost! Thanks, Gary

    Gary Stolovy
    3 weeks ago

    Many great suggestions. My issue with using Launchpad (instead of Spotlight) for app search is that it jarringly interrupts your focus on task. Very often I want to launch the app while still concentrating on a displayed app, say reading a message in Mail and bringing up Contacts to get some more details about someone mentioned in the message while still reading the message. Maybe more annoying than the Spotlight shortcomings.

    3 weeks ago

    Gary: For that, the Dock is probably the best way. The only downside would be if the app isn't in the Dock.

    Gary Stolovy
    3 weeks ago

    My comment was in context of keeping hands on the keyboard and maintaining concentration on the original app So both Launchpad would be preferred to Dock, and possibly to Spotlight in spite of the momentary flash.

    Joan
    3 weeks ago

    Thanks again for a great post Gary. Is there a shortcut key in Pages for redo the last edit like Cmd-Y in Word? I really miss that one. Mahalo.

    3 weeks ago

    Joan: Not sure. What is it you are trying to do, exactly? Give me an example.

    Paul Lewis
    3 weeks ago

    Joan Do you mean undo ?

    Markus
    3 weeks ago

    What I think Joan means: You have a Text Edit document. You select a sentence, choose Format/Font/Show Fonts, and then use the dropdown menu there to draw a double line through the sentence. If you want to undo the double line, you can use CMD+Z. But, then you decide that you really want the double line. In Word you would use CTRL+Y, instantly restoring it. But in Text Edit, you'd have to go back to the font menu to redo that action. There doesn't seem to be a Mac equivalent to CTRL+Y.

    3 weeks ago

    Markus: Do you mean redo the last undo? That just Edit, Redo. It is there in TextEdit and Pages, etc. Shift+Command+Z.

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