Here are some MacOS hotkeys that you may find useful. Feel free to bookmark this page and use it as a reference!

  • Keyboard shortcuts for copying, pasting and other frequently used operations
  • Command + X – delete the selected object by copying it to the clipboard.
  • Command + C – copy the selected object to the clipboard.
  • Command + V – paste the contents of the clipboard into the current document or program.
  • Command + Z – cancel the previous command.
  • Command + A – select all objects.
  • Command + F – start the search for objects in the document or open the search window.
  • Command + H – hide the active program window.
  • Command + M – minimize the active window on the Dock.
  • Command + Option + M – minimize all windows of the active program.
  • Command + N – create a new document or window.
  • Command + O – open the selected object or open a dialog for selecting and opening the file.
  • Command + P – print the current document.
  • Command + S – save the current document.
  • Command + W – close the active window.
  • Command + Option + W – close all windows of the program.
  • Command + Q – exit the program.
  • Option + Command + Esc – force the program to close.
  • Command + Spacebar – show or hide the Spotlight search fields.
  • Command + Tab – switch to the next recently used program among open programs.
  • Shift + Command + Tilde (~) – switch to the next recently used active program window.
  • Shift + Command + 3 – create a snapshot of the entire screen.
  • Command + comma – call the window with the settings of the active program.
  • Keyboard shortcuts for entering sleep mode, logging off, and off
  • Control + Command + Power button – force restart the computer.
  • Control + Shift + power button or Control + Shift + eject button – put the display into sleep mode.
  • Control + Command + eject button – close all programs and restart the computer.
  • Control + Option + Command + Power button or Control + Option + Command + Extract button – Close all programs and turn off the computer.
  • Shift + Command + Q – exit the user account macOS.
  • Option + Shift + Command + Q – immediately exit the macOS user account without prompting for confirmation.
  • Shortcuts for documents
  • Command + B – select the selected text in boldface or deselect.
  • Command + I – select the selected text in italics or deselect it.
  • Command + U – select the selected text by underscoring or deselect.
  • Command + T – show or hide the “Fonts” window.
  • Command + D – select the “Desktop” folder in the open or save file dialog.
  • Control + Command + D – show or hide the definitions of the selected word.
  • Control + L – position the cursor or selection in the center of the visible area.
  • Control + P – move one line up.
  • Control + N – go one line down.
  • Command + left brace ({) – align to the left.
  • Command + right curly brace (}) – right align.
  • Shift + Command + a vertical line (|) – to align in the center.
  • Option + Command + F – go to the search field.
  • Option + Command + T – show or hide the toolbar in the program.
  • Option + Command + C – copy the formatting parameters of the selected object to the clipboard.
  • Option + Command + V – apply the copied style to the selected object.
  • Option + Shift + Command + V – apply the style of the surrounding text to the inserted object.
  • Shift + Command + S – display the “Save As” dialog box or duplicate the current document.
  • Shortcuts for the Finder window
  • Command + D – create duplicates of selected files.
  • Command + E – extract the selected disk or volume.
  • Command + F – Start the Spotlight search in the Finder window.
  • Command + I – show the “Properties” window for the selected file.
  • Shift + Command + T – add the item selected in the Finder window to the Dock (OS X Mountain Lion or earlier versions).
  • Control + Shift + Command + T – add the item selected in the Finder window to the Dock (OS X Mavericks or later versions).
  • Shift + Command + U – open the folder “Utilities”.
  • Option + Command + D – show or hide the Dock.
  • Control + Command + T – add the selected item to the sidebar (OS X Mavericks and later versions).
  • Option + Command + V – move the files that are in the clipboard from the original location to the current one.
  • Command + left bracket ([) – go to the previous folder.
  • Command + right parenthesis (]) – go to the next folder.
  • Command + Delete – move the selected files to the Recycle Bin.
  • Shift + Command + Delete – clear the “Recycle bin”.
  • Option + Shift + Command + Delete – clear the “Recycle Bin” without displaying the confirmation dialog box.
  • Command + Y – view files using the “Quick View” function.
  • Option + increase volume – open the sound settings.
  • Command + click on the name of the window – view the folder containing the current folder.