Top 10 Mac Keyboard Shortcuts You Need to Know!

If you are coming over from windows to Mac or are a Mac user who wants to improve their productivity, then you need to know these ten keyboard shortcuts. They will help you use your Apple machine more efficiently and reduce reliance on your mouse.

Before you begin, you will need to familiarize yourself with the Mac keyboard layout and recognize the keys. The command key (⌘), the option key (alt), the function key (fn) and the control key (⌃) are the ones you will be using a lot.

Let’s begin.

Quit any Program

If you click X on a program window in macOS, you will only be closing that window, not the actual program. To close the program, you will need to hit the command key + Q. This will terminate the program.

(⌘) + Q

New Tab in the browser

To open a new tab in any browser in mac OS, be it Safari, Google Chrome or the finder, just hit command key + T. This will open a new tab. Keep pressing to open multiple tabs.

(⌘) + T

Quick Switching Applications

To switch quickly between apps, press the command key and Tab to switch between applications. Quickly press them to switch between applications from left to right. Press the command key + tilde (~) to from right to left.

(⌘) + Tab or (⌘) + ~

Quick Closing Mac windows

To quickly close a window, hit Command + W. This closes the open window in the active app. To close all windows in an active app press Command + option + W.
(⌘) + W, (⌘) + option() + W

Cut, Copy and Paste

These are extremely useful shortcuts for editing docs. Press Command + X to cut, Command + C to copy, and Command + V to paste.

(⌘) + X, (⌘) + C, (⌘) + V

Quick Search

A good computer has a built-in search feature to speed up productivity and to make things easier. Press Command + F in the Finder, Chrome, Safari or in any document or file to find what you need efficiently.

(⌘) + F


Screenshots are often a part of one’s daily work and need to be executed quickly. To take a screenshot of the entire Mac screen, Press Command + Shift + 3. If you want to take a screenshot of a specific area on the screen, Press Command + Shift + 4. This will turn your cursor into crosshair to select and drag the relevant part of the screen for capture.

(⌘) + Shift + 3, (⌘) + Shift + 4

Quick Open Core Folders

To quickly open the Home, Utilities, Desktop, and Application folders, press Command + shift and the first alphabet of the core folder’s name.

(⌘) + Shift + H, (⌘) + Shift + U, (⌘) + Shift + D, (⌘) + Shift + A

Force Quit/Close App

To force close an App that isn’t responding or is slowing down, or you just need to quickly shutdown the app for any reason, press Command + Option + Escape. To exit out of a frozen app you might need to hit Command + Tab first though or you can hit Command + Shift + Option + Esc to quit the currently active app.

(⌘) + Option + Esc, (⌘) + Shift + Option + Esc

Hide Apps

Doing something you shouldn’t be doing at work and suddenly want to hide it? Press Command + H to hide the currently active app or if you want to hide all the apps in the background to focus on the one that’s open, press Command + Option + H.

(⌘) + H, (⌘) + Option + H

Bonus tip: If you want to minimize an app press Command + M or Command + Option + M to minimize multiple windows of the same app.


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