The Obvious Mac Keyboard Shortcut That You May Not Be Using

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.

Comments: 11 Responses to “The Obvious Mac Keyboard Shortcut That You May Not Be Using”

    Corey D
    4 years ago

    Hi.. I have a Mac extended keyboard which includes F keys # F13-F19. What is the purpose of those keys? Can I assign auto-text or commands to those keys which can be used in all applications? For example, I have to type out the date frequently in the format of MM-DD-YYYY. Can I just assign F13 to enter today's date? Just trying to find ways to work smarter, not harder. Thanks in advance!

    4 years ago

    Corey: For apps to use them, for you to use them. Some apps may have defaults for those keys. Usually pretty high-end pro apps or games. Otherwise, you can use them when you create keyboard shortcuts in System Preferences, or using the keyboard assignment settings in some apps (Photoshop, for instance). To have it type out the date, the app you are using needs to have that function. In Pages there is Insert, Date & Time. You could map F13 to that if you liked in System Preferences.

    4 years ago

    Incredible! You are Mac user rock star!

    Dave Nichols
    4 years ago

    Gary.. thanks, simple but good. Reminds me, I have never been able to program a shortcut for the "Enter" key on the left hand side of the keyboard... am I missing something obvious??
    Keep 'em coming.. and thanks

    4 years ago

    Dave: The "Enter" key on the left? I have no idea what you mean by that.

    4 years ago

    Thank you Gary. I have had Macs for ten years and this is a shortcut I never knew about.

    4 years ago

    Amazing, quick, and totally new to me. Why didn't anyone else come up with this info years ago. Gary, totally impressed as ever. Really appreciate your warm, reassuring voice and vocal cadence, very professional, but friendly. Makes one want to listen to your videos on their own, let alone their content. Really enjoying your videos.

    Ros Sharp
    4 years ago

    Thanks for another very helpful video, Gary, but...
    I followed this with no trouble until the example , Popup menus
    I opened a jpg image in Preview, went to File>format and clicked on the Format pop-up menu.
    I then typed h to select HEIC, but it was JPEG that remained highlighted.
    Can you suggest a reason?

    4 years ago

    Ros: I tried it and it worked for me. Maybe your cursor moved and overrode the key press?

    4 years ago

    Is there a shortcut that I can use in word processing where I can delete from Left to right?

    4 years ago

    Annie: FN+delete

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