Top 20 Apple Mac Keyboard Shortcuts Combinations Everyone Should Know

Just like on Windows computers, there are numerous keyboard shortcuts that can be used on the Apple macOS to get the most from Macintosh device. Here are some of the most common keyboard shortcuts across the Apple iMac, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro and MacBook laptop models.

Apple Mac computer keyboard tips guides

  • Command-X: Enable you to cut selected items of text and copy it to the clipboard for later use.
  • Command-C: Is the copy command to take a snapshot of a selected item and temporarily hold it in the clipboard. 
  • Command-V: Is used to paste content from the clipboard to a document, folder or app. 
  • Command-Z: Use this to undo steps from a previous command. Pressing Shift-Command-Z will redo the last operation or  reverse an action.
  • Command-A: Select All items - whether files, text or applications.
  • Command-F: Find items in a document or open a Find window.
  • Command-G: Find Again: Find the next item in the sequence of occurring results. Press Shift-Command-G to find the previous item.
  • Command-H: Hide the windows of the front app. To view the front app but hide all other apps, press Option-Command-H.
  • Command-O: Open the selected item or open a dialogue to select a file to open.
  • Command-P: Print the current document.
  • Command-S: Save the current document.
  • Command-T: Open a new tab.
  • Command-W: Close the front window. To close all windows of the app, press Option-Command-W.
  • Option-Command-Esc: Force quit an app.
  • Command-Space bar: Show or hide the Spotlight search field. To perform a Spotlight search from a Finder window, press Command-
  • Control-Command-Space bar: Show the character viewer which enables you to choose emojis and other symbols.
  • Control-Command-F: Use the app in full screen, if supported by the app.
  • Space bar: Use Quick Look to preview the selected item.
  • Command-Tab: Switch to the next most recently used app amongst your open apps.
  • Shift-Command-N: Create a new folder in the Finder.


What are some of the other popular Apple Mac keyboard shortcuts you are familiar with and which others you believe should be included as part of this quick-tip guide?

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