MacMost: Keyboard Shortcuts

The Obvious Mac Keyboard Shortcut That You May Not Be Using
4/10/20
Many Mac users use keyboard shortcuts all the time, but overlook an obvious and useful one. Learn how to jump to items in long lists and find things even when there is no way to search.
10 Mac Shortcuts I Use Every Day
2/5/20
I often talk about shortcuts and other ways to be more productive on yoru Mac. Here are 10 shortcuts that I actually use in my work every day including how I prefer to resize windows, switch apps, avoid typing my long email address and more.
Mac Keyboard Commands For Writers
12/19/19

When you are writing on your Mac, you don't want to have to take your fingers off the keyboard to move the cursor or select text. There are a variety of keyboard commands you can learn to make it easy to move the cursor by letter, word, line or paragraph, delete characters or words, and make selections.

Questions New Mac Users Have When Switching From Windows
12/11/19
When a new Windows user switches to Mac, they can be frustrated by the differences. Here are some of the most common questions and problems that new Mac users face and the solutions. There are some great tips here to get your transition moving forward quickly. Welcome to the world of Mac!
Understanding the Function And Special Features Keys On the Mac Keyboard
12/3/19
New Mac users sometimes don't understand why the top row of keys on the keyboard don't work as expected. These keys are both the function keys and the special features keys, also knows as f-keys and media control keys. You toggle how these keys behave with the fn key. But a setting in System Preferences determines which mode is the default one and which requires the fn key.
Typing Special Characters Using Unicode On Your Mac
10/17/19
Often those in technical or linguistic professions need to enter specific Unicode characters while typing. You can type characters using their specific 4- or 8-digit codes by using a special keyboard built into your Mac. For other users, it is often easier to search using the character viewer or create shortcuts for commonly-used symbols.
6 Keyboard Shortcuts You Can Use In Mac Open And Save Dialogs
9/17/19
When you save or open a file in an app on the Mac, you get a dialog box with several buttons. You can use keyboard shortcuts inside that dialog to cancel, perform the default action, and do other things. You can choose a location using the keyboard, either with a single shortcut or by specifying a path. You can also navigate to any of the buttons using the tab key and spacebar.
Learning To Use Mac Trackpad Gestures
8/2/19
While most Macs have trackpads, most users never bother to learn how to use some of the gestures available. You can see which ones you have available in System Preferences, along with videos that show you how to perform the gestures. Each has a keyboard shortcut you can use instead if you prefer.
How To Use Hidden Characters On Your Mac Keyboard
7/29/19
In addition to using the Emoji Viewer to type special characters, or holding a key to add accents, you can also learn some special keyboard combinations using the Keyboard Viewer. These allow you to type some symbols like degrees, pi, the Apple symbol and accent marks using standard keystrokes with the help of the Option and Shift keys. The Keyboard Viewer allows you to see exactly which key combinations match which characters. This is dependent on the type of keyboard you own.
Making Extra Keys On Your Mac Actually Useful
7/25/19
Do you use the Shift, Command and Option keys on both sides of your keyboard? If not, you can reassign the ones you don't use to perform a more useful function like triggering Mission Control. You can also set the Caps Lock key to become another modifier key, the Esc key or turn it off completely to prevent accidental use.
How To Change Between Keyboard Languages On A Mac
6/13/19
There are many different keyboard layouts corresponding to different languages, and usually your keyboard and the system setting will match. But you can switch to use a different layout, such as a French keyboard layout even if you are using a U.S. keyboard. You can add multiple keyboard layouts and easily switch between them. For some lanuages, like Chinese, you need to use a Chinese layout to by able to type. Once you set up multiple keyboard layouts, there are keyboard shortcuts to switch between them.
Create a Mac Keyboard Shortcut To Launch Any App
5/28/19
If you want to launch an app using a single key press, you can do it by creating an Automator Quick Action and assigning it a keyboard shortcut in System Preferences. This isn't usually needed for apps we always have running, but can be useful for apps we frequently bring up and then quit when not in use. You have to be careful not to use a name or shortcut that conflicts with any other. You also may find it is a bit flaky when you first create the shortcut.
12 Tips To Help You Type Like a Pro On Your Mac
5/7/19
If you do a lot of writing on your Mac, here are a bunch of tips to help you type and manipulate text more efficiently. You can use the arrow keys along with modifiers to move around and select text without taking your fingers off the keyboard. You can also quickly delete words and lines without using your mouse or trackpad. You can complete and correct spelling, substitute a few keystrokes for longer pieces of text, and type accent marks and symbols quickly.
10 Useful Mac Keyboard Shortcuts Most People Don't Know
4/30/19
When looking for useful Mac keyboard shortcuts you'll come across the same ones over and over. Here are 10 that haven't gotten as much attention, but can seriously increase your productivity. Learn how to quickly switch between windows, get typing suggestions, access app preferences and menu items, rename files and more.
The Most Powerful Keyboard Shortcut
1/30/19
The most powerful keyboard shortcut for your Mac is the Tab key. This single key helps you get around in windows, dialog boxes and even web pages. You can modify how it works in System Preferences and also in Safari's preferences. Once you master using the Tab key you can speed up your computer use by keeping your hands on your keyboard more and using your mouse or trackpad less.
Using Dictation Commands As an Alternative To Keyboard Shortcuts
1/21/19
You can use Dictation Commands to trigger a keyboard shortcut, menu item, or to even insert some text. You can do this while typing, or while dictating. You can set the spoken phrase to precede a dictation command to make sure the command only executes when you want it to.
9/26/18

There are hundreds of keyboard shortcuts for Mac users. There are Mission Control shortcuts, Finder shortcuts, system shortcuts, application shortcuts and more. Many you can find by just looking through the menu bar for that application. You can find system ones by looking in the System Preferences under Keyboard.

Common Windows Keyboard Shortcuts On Mac
8/14/18
If you are new to Mac, learn how some of the most common keyboard shortcuts differ from what you may have learned to use on Windows. Realizing that the primary keyboard modifier on the Mac is Command, not Control, is the first step. But there are other differences and some shortcuts that are completely different.
A Beginner's Guide to Mac Keyboard Shortcuts
2/16/18
If you are new to Mac you may not yet be taking full advantage of keyboard shortcuts. You can find almost all shortcuts by simply looking at the command in the menu bar. There are symbols that you will find in the menu bar that map to the Shift, Control, Option and Command keys on the Mac keyboard. You can also find shortcuts in System Preferences, and even assign your own to menu commands that have no shortcut. One difficulty that Windows users often have is that the Control key is used as the primary modifier key in Windows, while the Command key is the equivalent on the Mac.
Navigating the Mac Finder With Keyboard Shortcuts
1/15/18
The Finder seems to be designed to require the use of your mouse or trackpad. But you can get around and do everything using only the keyboard. For some, this may be even more efficient than clicking and dragging. You can use arrow keys to select files, shortcuts to move into and out of folders, and even type the names of folders to jump to them.