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All the Mac Key Commands you ever needed to know...

by Aaron.Smith / July 21, 2009 8:40 AM PDT

First of all there's this great resource online form Apple themselves...

Startup keys:
Option Display all bootable volumes (Startup Manager)
Shift Perform Safe Boot (start up in Safe Mode)
C Start from a bootable disc
T Start in FireWire target disk mode
N Start from NetBoot server
X Force Mac OS X startup (if non-Mac OS X startup volumes are present)
Command-V Start in Verbose Mode
Command-S Start in Single User Mode

Finder keys:
Command-A Select all items in the front Finder window (or desktop if no window is open)
Command-C Copy selected item/text
Command-D Duplicate selected item
Command-E Eject
Command-I Get Info
Command-K Connect to Server
Command-N New Finder window
Shift-Command-N New folder
Command-O Open selected item
Shift-Command-Q Log Out
Option-Shift-Command-Q Log Out immediately
Command-V Paste
Command-W Close window
Command-X Cut
Command-Z Undo / Redo
Option-Shift-Command-esc Force Quit Finder
Command-Up Arrow Open enclosed folder
Command-Tab Switch application--cycle forward
Shift-Command-Tab Switch application--cycle backward
Command-Delete Move to Trash
Shift-Command-Delete Empty Trash
Spacebar (or Command-Y) Quick Look (Mac OS X 10.5 or later)
Option key while dragging Copy dragged item

Shift-Command-3 Capture the screen to a file
Shift-Control-Command-3 Capture the screen to the Clipboard
Shift-Command-4 Capture a selection to a file
Shift-Control-Command-4 Capture a selection to the Clipboard

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Not To Mention ...
by joe.aimonetti / July 24, 2009 5:54 AM PDT

Most software you install on your Mac includes application-specific commands. You can learn them by using the Help/Support/Manual for the application ... or ... most key commands available on most Apple programs are listed in the menu bar menus or the contextual menus.

If you find that you use the menus to perform tasks continually, see if there is a key command combination next to that process and learn it!

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Also, there's a utility that can help...
by Aaron.Smith / July 24, 2009 8:20 AM PDT
In reply to: Not To Mention ...

but i can't remember what it's called. when you hold down a special key combo it shows you all the available shortcuts in a growl-style window, without needing to open the menu.

now i's called KeyCue

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