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The Ultimate Mac Keyboard Shortcut List

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Looks like keyboard shortcuts are a hot commodity in the Mac world. I have been getting tons of email with different shortcuts and tips ever since we started discussing them on the show. I think there are far too many to cover in the MacCast so I thought it would be a good idea to get them all in one place for easy reference.

 

Post your favorite keyboard shortcuts here and share your knowledge with the rest of the Mac Geeks.

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From listener JD via email

As I am sure you know with the new version of OS X Tiger came a redesign of the preferences panel.  Under Panther and the other earlier versions you could put a frequently used preferrence in the top bar of the preferences window to save you time of drilling down for frequently used items.  

 

I really missed that with Tiger because I have a Griffin iMic for my headphones and switch from headphones to the external audio fairly frequently.  By happenstance I pressed alt-Volume down the other day and lo and behold it opened up the preference pane at the sound section.  This also works with alt-Volume up or mute.

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These shortcuts let you switch between tabs in Safari.

 

To go to Previous tap press Command+Shift+{

To go to the next tap press Command+Shift+}

 

Note that many people use:

Command+Shift+left arrow and Command+Shift+right arrow respectively, but these will not work if there is atextbox selected on the page.

 

Also note neither of these will work if there in no page loaded in the tab.

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Here is a page listing all Keyboard and Mouse Shortcuts in Safari:

file:///Applications/Safari.app/Contents/Resources/Shortcuts.html

 

Also: Into Terminal (while Safari is closed)

defaults write com.Apple.Safari IncludeDebugMenu 1

This includes the Debug menu and adds more control to your Safari experience.

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I stumbled upon this keyboard shortcut completely by accident. By pressing the Cmd-Opt-D keys simultaneously, you can toggle hiding/unhiding the Dock. You don't even have to be on the Finder to use it.

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Apple + L

shows currently playing song

 

Apple + R

shows song file

 

I use this combo when sending music over iChat. Of course it is my own made music :lol:

 

the swedish chip

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Some nice Dock tricks:

 

(toggle hiding/unhiding has already been covered [Cmd-Opt-D])

 

Option + Command + clicking on an application in the Dock will select that application and hide all others.

 

Hold Shift and drag the Dock divider to move the Dock to left, down, or to the right of the screen.

 

Hold Option and drag the Dock separator to resize the dock in steps (default sizes).

 

If you want to open a document in a specific application, but the application "thinks" it can't open this kind of document (the app icon does not darken when you drag the document on it), hold down command + option and drag the document icon onto the application's icon in the dock. (Maybe an average Mac user does not need this, but I thought it'll be useful for some of you)

This also works if you drag the document icon onto an app icon in a finder window.

 

 

And here are some other one I like:

 

Option + Mute brings up System Preferences (works with the other sound keys, too)[edit: just noticed this has already been posted]

 

Alt-Escape to auto-complete a word in a text field in an Aqua-Programm. (Notes: You have to have started typing the word. If the letters do not match the beginning of a word no wordlist will appear)

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I'm on an iBook and I'm not a complete fan of the track-pad, so i use the keyboard when ever I can.

For example: to switch between app.s I press cmnd + tab

and to switch between windows within an app, cmnd + `

I also discovered a few days ago that you can go backwards and forwards through safari's history using cmnd + the left or right arrow keys.

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great tips kids!

 

when you have a URL to download in Safari

put it in clipboard (command-C)

Command-Option-L

Command-V to pasted and auto download

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Some nice Dock tricks:

 

 

Alt-Escape to auto-complete a word in a text field in an Aqua-Programm. (Notes: You have to have started typing the word. If the letters do not match the beginning of a word no wordlist will appear)

 

That is just TOO cool!!

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Can anybody tell me how to turn off the speech function. I turned it on with some function key and now it is telling me wha window I am on. Please help!!!

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Can anybody tell me how to turn off the speech function. I turned it on with some function key and now it is telling me wha window I am on. Please help!!!

 

Apple + F5 turns off / on the functions for the visually impaired.

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is there a keyboard shortcut that selects the full text in the URL bar of safari?

 

thanks

 

Dinger :)

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It is either Option-L or Command-L. I am not in front of my Mac right now, so I am unable to reply the right one with certainty.

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It's Command-L.

If you want to check out further keyboard and mouse shortcuts in Safari. There should be a file on your hd located here: file:///Applications/Safari.app/Contents/Resources/Shortcuts.html

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Thanks for clarifying that Milan. I really do miss my Mac when I am at work. :)

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That is possibly the only keyboard shortcut that I miss knowing from my PC days and it was really bugging me. I couldn't find it for the life of me. Thanks to you all for clarifying that one.

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It's Command-L.

If you want to check out further keyboard and mouse shortcuts in Safari. There should be a file on your hd located here: file:///Applications/Safari.app/Contents/Resources/Shortcuts.html

 

thanks milan, i get to use a mac at college a few hours a week (i dont own a mac yet, im waiting for the intel mac mini) so wasn't able to check the full list of shortcuts when it was posted on the first page

 

Dinger :)

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Not a very useful command, but it's kinda cool. Hold shift down when you use any of the Expose commands. It slows the action down.

 

I usually do it on accident.

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It's Command-L.

If you want to check out further keyboard and mouse shortcuts in Safari. There should be a file on your hd located here: file:///Applications/Safari.app/Contents/Resources/Shortcuts.html

 

 

or just double click

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Switch windows within the same application (like switching tabs in Safari but with windows):

 

Command+` (key next to the left shift)

 

Very handy for iChat today of all days. What a time to finally find it.

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I know there is a more direct keystroke for the searchbox, but I can't be bothered with a 3-key longcut like command-option-shift-conrol L-O-S-E-R. So I constantly go to the searchbox with the command-L followed by tab. Since command-L is pretty well programmed into my RSI memory.

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It is either Option-L or Command-L.  I am not in front of my Mac right now, so I am unable to reply the right one with certainty.

 

acually it is apple key+L

 

andmac :wink:

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For Safari shortcuts see the file:

 

file:///Applications/Safari.app/Contents/Resources/Shortcuts.html

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