Common keyboard shortcuts in Mac OS X

This page lists the most frequently used keyboard shortcuts in Mac OS X. These are useful for people who have difficulty using a mouse or want to reduce the amount they use the mouse.

Note: The following abbreviations for keys on the Mac are used: Ctrl is used for the Control key, Apple is used for the Command key, and Alt is used for the Option key.

Common keyboard shortcuts in Mac OS X

  • Apple + letter - Activate menu items where the letter and Apple key is shown next to the item in a menu (for example, to create a new document would usually be Apple + N).
  • Apple + Z - Undo the last action.
  • Apple + Tab - Quickly switch between currently running programmes.
  • Tab - Select the next icon or file alphabetically on the desktop or in a folder.
  • Apple + O - Open a highlighted folder, document or application icon.
  • Apple + W - Close the current window.
  • Apple + C - Copy selected text/graphics to the clipboard.
  • Apple + V - Paste text/graphics from the clipboard.
  • Apple + X - Cut selected text/graphics (a copy is saved to the clipboard).
  • Ctrl + mouse click - Right button mouse click.
  • Ctrl + F1 - Turn on full keyboard access.

Note: A more comprehensive list of shortcuts can be found on the Apple website: Mac OS X keyboard shortcuts.

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