For getting work done fast, it is very important that you are aware of all the ways that you can interact with your Mac. We have compiled a small list of keystrokes that you should definitely know about if you consider yourself a power user of Mac.

First, let’s begin with actions that you can perform with the Finder.

Important Actions:

Open Sidebar item in a new Tab or Window Cmd-Click
Switch Finder Views (Icon, list, column, cover flow) Cmd-1, Cmd-2, Cmd-3, Cmd-4
In List view, expand a folder Right Arrow
In List view, collapse a folder Left Arrow
Rename the selected file/folder Press Return (or Enter)
Go into selected folder or open the selected file Cmd-Down Arrow
Go to parent folder Cmd-Up Arrow
Go Back Cmd-[
Go Forward Cmd-]
Copy and Paste files Cmd-C, then Cmd-V
Cut and Paste files Cmd-C, then Cmd-Option–VOther actions


Move a file instead of copying Cmd-Drag file to disk
Move selected files to the Trash Cmd-Delete
Empty the Trash with warning Cmd-Shift-Delete
Empty the Trash with no warning Cmd-Opt-Shift-Delete
Undo the last action Cmd-Z
Open Quick Look Press the Spacebar (or Cmd-Y). On a trackpad can also tap with 3 fingers.

App Switcher Shortcuts:

Switch between 2 apps Press Cmd-Tab to switch to last used app.
Switch between apps Press Cmd-Tab & continue holding Cmd. While holding Cmd, to choose which app you want to switch to:

·      Press Tab (multiple times as needed) to scroll right.

·      Press Tilde (~) or Shift-Tab to scroll left.

·      Press Left/Right Arrow keys.

·      Aim with the mouse.

·      Press End/Home key to go to first/last app.


Quit an app in the app switcher In the app switcher, you’re already holding Cmd, so hit Q to quit selected app.
Hide an app in the app switcher In the app switcher, you’re already holding Cmd, so hit H to hide selected app.
Cancel the app switcher In the app switcher, you’re already holding Cmd, so hit Esc or period (.)

Shortcuts to Manage Windows & Dialogue Boxes:

Switch to next window Cmd-Tilde (~)
Switch to previous window Cmd-Shift-Tilde(~)
Move a window in the background without switching to it. Cmd-Drag on the window’s titlebar
Choose “Don’t Save” in a Dialog Cmd-D in some apps or use Cmd-Delete

Shortcuts to Interact Better With Dock:

Hide all other applications Command-Option click an App’s icon in Dock
Reveal a Dock item’s location in the Finder Command-Click on the icon in the Dock
Force a file to open in a specific app While dragging the file onto an app’s icon in the Dock, hold Command-Option
Move Dock to left, bottom, right side of screen Hold Shift and drag Dock divider
Change the icon size of a stack Cmd-plus or Cmd-minus
Temporarily turn magnification on/off Hold Control-Shift
Force the Dock to only resize to non-interpolated icon sizes Hold Option while dragging Dock separator

Shortcuts For Interaction With Text:

Go to end of line Cmd-right arrow
Go to beginning of line Cmd-left arrow
Go to end of all the text Cmd-down arrow
Go to beginning of all the text Cmd-up arrow
Go to end of current or next word Option-right arrow
Go to beginning of current or previous word Option-left arrow


Take picture of the entire screen Cmd-Shift-3
Take picture of a selected area Cmd-Shift-4 and Drag over an area
Take picture of a specific window/object Cmd-Shift-4, then press Spacebar, then Click on the window/object

Other Miscellaneous Keystrokes:

Force Quit Cmd-Opt-Esc
Change Terminal Directory to a specific folder Cmd-Drag a folder onto the Terminal Window
Right-click using a Trackpad Place 2 fingers on the trackpad and Click
Quickly find any menu item and launch it. ·      Press Cmd-? which is Cmd-Shift-/

·      In the Help menu Search that opens, start typing a few letters of your desired menu command.

·      Arrow key down to the item you want and press Return to choose it.

Turn off notifications Option-click the Notification Center icon in menu bar to toggle notifications off/on
Change system volume in smaller increments Hold Opt–Shift while changing volume
Move the Terminal cursor with the mouse Option–click where you’d like the cursor

Here we end this segment of Keystrokes that every Mac Power user should know off. These will definitely make your work much easier when you get used to them.