If you own a Mac and you're looking to maximise productivity as much as possible, it's a good idea to learn as many keyboard shortcuts as possible. You certainly won't need to memerize all of them but it might be a good idea to save some of the ones you know you'll be using regularly.

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System Keyboard Shortcuts

  • Put your Mac to sleep: Option + Command + Power button
  • Put your display to sleep: Control + Shift + Power button
  • Log out of your Mac user account: Shift + Command + Q
  • Force restart without option to save open files: Control + Command + Power button
  • Quit all apps and shut down with option to save open files: Control + Option + Command + Power button
  • Display a dialog box to restart, sleep, or shut down: Control + Power button

Show, Display, and Dock Shortcuts

  • Show and hide Spotlight Search: Command + Space bar
  • Show and hide the Dock: Option + Command + D
  • Show the Character Viewer: Control + Command + Space bar
  • Display the current app in full screen: Control + Command + F
  • Full display screenshot: Command + Shift + 3
  • Selection screenshot: Command + Shift + 4
  • Open Screen Utility: Command + Shift + 5

Finder Keyboard Shortcuts

  • Open the Computer window: Shift + Command + C
  • Open the Desktop folder: Shift + Command + D
  • Open the Recents folder: Shift + Command + F
  • Open the Downloads folder: Option + Command + L
  • Open the Documents folder: Shift + Command + O
  • Open the Utilities folder: Shift + Command + U
  • Open the AirDrop window: Shift + Command + R
  • Open a Go To Folder window: Shift + Command + G
  • Open the iCloud Drive folder: Shift + Command + I (uppercase i)
  • View items in Finder as icons: Command + 1
  • View items in Finder as a list: Command + 2
  • View items in Finder as columns: Command + 3
  • Create a new folder: Shift + Command + N
  • Create a new Smart Folder: Option + Command + N
  • Show and hide the Sidebar: Option + Command + S
  • Show and hide the Path Bar: Option + Command + P
  • Show and hide the Status Bar: Option + Command + / (slash)

Document Shortcuts

  • Bold and un-bold text: Command + B
  • Italicize or un-italicize text: Command + I (uppercase i)
  • Underline or un-underline text: Command + U
  • Page up: Fn + Up arrow
  • Page down: Fn + Down arrow
  • Go to beginning of document (Home): Fn + Left arrow
  • Go to end of document (End): Fn + Right arrow
  • Save document: Command + S
  • Print document: Command + P
  • Undo: Command + Z
  • Redo: Shift + Command + Z

Miscellaneuous Shortcuts

  • Cut: Command + X
  • Copy: Command + C
  • Paste: Command + V
  • Select all items: Command + A
  • Find items: Command + F
  • Minimize the front window: Command + M
  • Close the front window: Command + W
  • Force quit an app: Option + Command + Esc
  • Switch to the next most recently-used app: Command + Tab