Short cut keys for Mac users

Hide the dock
Sometimes the famous Apple dock just gets in the way. If you are reading large text, watching a film or playing a game and keep getting interrupted by the dock popping up, simply press Command + Option + D to hide (and recover) the dock.

If you are typing or reading and need the definition of a word, instead of exiting to go to the dock, simply highlight the text and press Command + Control + D to get an instant definition from your Mac’s dictionary.

Hide and Seek
If you are one of the growing number of Australians who use Apple computers at work, or just have Nosy Nellies at your house who appear constantly over your shoulder, then hiding that online game or the footy scores is as simple as pressing Command + Option + M to minimise all windows open immediately.

Finding things on the Mac can often be confusing, but pressing Command + Option + A from anywhere will spring to life the applications folder, bringing the world of your Mac to your fingertips. Similarly, pressing Command + Option + D will open a new finder window, showing off your desktop.

Open Sesame
While we sang the praises of the helpful Command + Tab shortcut earlier, it still requires you to take your hand ALL the way over to the mouse and select a window. If you feel the burden of both multiple windows and RSI, simply press Command + ~. This switches effortlessly between web pages, word documents and all other open windows.

Searching for files on any computer can be a real drag. Thankfully Apple has solved this issue by creating the Spotlight shortcut. Pressing Command + Space and typing ‘holiday pictures’ etc. will take you to your holiday pictures folder before you have had time to type ‘holiday’. A real time saver.

Arts and Crafts
Similar to PCs, you have the option to cut, copy and paste. However the keys are slightly different on Apple Macs.

Cut – Command + X
Copy – Command + C
Paste – Command + V
Select All – Command + A

All Apple users love their computers, but even Macs are not immune to errors. Whether it be a small or fatal issue, sometimes you have to take your computer’s destiny into your own hands. Pressing Command + Option + Escape will allow you to force quit any pesky applications which are slowing your computer’s progress.

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Author: Zoe

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