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Keyboard Shortcuts for OS X August 9, 2006

Posted by farshadf in G4 & G5 Macs, Intel Inside, Uncategorized.

A repository for every keyboard secret in OS X. Some of these are well known, some are not. Shortcuts in the Menu category are common rather than universal. This list should continue to grow exponentially over time.



C   start from CD
D   start from 1st partition
N   start from network server
T   put computer in FireWire Target Disk mode
X   start in OS X
  show all startup disks
⌥⇧⌘⌫   start from external drive or CD
⌥⌘OF   open firmware
⌥⌘PR   zap PRAM (hold until 2nd chime)
⌘S   single user mode
⌘V   verbose
mouse button   eject CD
  after power-up: turn off kernel extensions
after login: prevent startup items from opening


⌃⌘-power   restart
⌃⌥⌘-power   shut down
⌥⌘-power   sleep

Application Management

⌘-tab   cycle forward through applications
⇧⌘-tab   cycle back through applications
⌘~   cycle forward through application windows
⇧⌘~   cycle back through application windows
⌥⌘-esc   Force Quit dialog
  cycle forward through toolbar displays
  cycle backward through toolbar displays
⇧⌘3   screen dump (entire screen)
⇧⌘4   screen dump (drag a rectangle)
⇧⌘4,space,click   screen dump (highlighted window)
⌘-space   cycle forward through keyboard layouts
⇧⌘-space   cycle back through keyboard layouts
⌘-click on window   adjust window in background
⌥-click on Dock
icon or window
  switch to new program, hide previous one
⌥⌘-click on
Dock icon
  switch to new program, hide all others
⌘-drag   rearrange or remove menulets or toolbar icons
window title
  expose path in popup
⌥-zoom button   maximise window
⇧-minimise button   minimise window slowly
⇧-click minimised
window in Dock
  open window slowly
⇧-close button   close window slowly
⌥⌘D   toggle appearance of Dock
⌘-drag onto
Dock icon
  prevent Dock icons from moving
onto Dock
  force program to open dragged item

Outline View

⌘←   Collapse
⌥⌘←   Collapse All
⌥-click on
disclosure triangle
  Collapse All
⌘→   Expand
⌥⌘→   Expand All
⌥-click on
disclosure triangle
  Expand All


⇧⌫   Forward
⌘/   Status Bar
⌘[   Back
⌘\   Show Page Load Test Window
⌘]   Forward
⌘|   Address Bar
⇧⌘A   Autofill Form
⌥⌘A   Activity
⌥⌘B   Bookmarks Bar
⌥⌘E   Empty Cache
⌥⌘F   Google Search
⇧⌘G   Find Previous
⇧⌘H   Home
⌘K   Block Popups
⌘L   Open Location
⌥⌘L   Downloads
⇧⌘N   Add Bookmark Folder
⌥⌘P   Snapback
⌥⌘S   Search Results Snapback
⌥⌘U   View Source
⇧⌘→   Next Tab
⇧⌘←   Previous Tab
⌘↑   Page Upper Left
⌘↓   Page Bottom Left


⌃A   move to beginning of paragraph
⌃B   move one character back
⌃D   delete character to right
⌃E   move to end of paragraph
⌃F   move one character forward
⌃K   delete text to end of paragraph
⌃N   move to next line
⌃O   insert newline
⌃P   move to previous line
⌃T   transpose characters
⌥⌫   delete word to left

Text Field

⌘←   move to beginning of line
⌘→   move to end of line

Text View

⌥↑   move up one page
⌥↓   move down one page
⌘←   move to beginning of line
⌘→   move to end of line
⌘↑   move to beginning of view
⌘↓   move to end of view


⌃A   move to beginning of line
⌃E   move to end of line
⌃T   transpose characters
⌃U   erase line
esc,B   move one word back
esc,C   capitalise next word
esc,D   erase next word
esc,F   move one word forward
esc,L   make next word lowercase
esc,U   make next word uppercase
esc,⌫   erase previous word


⌘+   Make Bigger
⌘,   Preferences
⌘-   Make Smaller
⌘.   Stop
⌘:   Spelling
⌘;   Check Spelling
⌘?   Application Help
⌘A   Select All
⌘B   Bold
⌘B   Toggle Toolbar
⌘C   Copy
⇧⌘C   Show Colors
⌘D   Add Bookmark
⌘D   Don’t Save
⌘D   Find Previous
⌘E   Eject
⌘E   Use Selection for Find
⇧⌘E   Export
⌘F   Find
⌘G   Find Next
⇧⌘G   Go to Folder
⌘H   Hide Application
⌥⌘H   Hide Others
⌘I   Get Info
⌘I   Italic
⇧⌘I   Import
⌘J   Scroll to Selection
⌘K   Connect to Server
⌘K   Erase Deleted Messages
⌘L   Link
⇧⌘L   Lower Case
⌘M   Minimize
⌥⌘M   Minimize All
⌘N   New (Window)
⌘O   Open
⌘P   Print
⇧⌘P   Page Setup
⌘Q   Quit Application
⇧⌘Q   Log Out
⌥⇧⌘Q   Log Out Without Confirmation
⌃⌥⇧⌘Q   Force Log Out Without Confirmation
⌘R   Refresh
⌘S   Save
⇧⌘S   Save As
⌘T   New Tab
⌘T   Show Fonts
⌘U   Underline
⇧⌘U   Upper Case
⌥⌘U   Capitals
⌘V   Paste
⌘W   Close Tab
⌘W   Close Window
⇧⌘W   Close Window
⌥⌘W   Close All Windows
⌘X   Cut
⌘Z   Undo
⇧⌘Z   Redo

Numeric Pad

fn0   Button Hold
fn1   Mouse NW
fn2   Mouse NN
fn3   Mouse NE
fn4   Mouse WW
fn5   Button Click
fn6   Mouse EE
fn7   Mouse SW
fn8   Mouse WW
fn9   Mouse SE
fn.   Button Release

Universal Access

⌥⌘*   Toggle Zoom
⌥⌘+   Zoom In
⌥⌘-   Zoom Out
⌃⌥⌘*   Toggle Monochrome
⌃F1   Toggle Full Keyboard Access
⌃F2   Highlight Menu
⌃F3   Highlight Dock
⌃F4   Highlight Active Window
⌃F5   Highlight Toolbar
⌃F6   Highlight Utility Window


⌘F5   Toggle VoiceOver
⌃F7   Toggle ‘⌃⌥’ Lock
⌃⌥F7   Show VoiceOver Menu
⌃⌥F8   Open VoiceOver Utility


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