7 Keyboard Shortcuts for Macs

Tired of your clunky mouse or a slow, difficult to navigate trackpad? This week, Tech Talker shows you 7 easy keyboard shortcuts for the Apple OS system to help you navigate your computer quickly and efficiently.

Eric Escobar
5-minute read
Episode #162

Tip #4: Screenshot [Command+Shift+3 or Command+Shift+4]

Have you ever wanted to take a picture of your screen? I do this pretty frequently. Sending a picture of what you're looking at can really help explain things.

Simply press “Command+Shift+3” and it will take a picture of your entire screen and save it to your desktop. This way you can simply attach it to an email, document, or anywhere you need it!

You can also press “Command+Shift+4” to select a specific area that you want to take a screenshot of. This is useful for grabbing a specific window or example area without getting everything else that’s hanging out on your desktop or open in the background.

Tip #5: Minimize the Current Window [Command+M]

This is another super simple shortcut. Pressing “Command+M” will minimize the current window instantly. Helpful, in case that special someone sneaks up behind you as you’re ordering their birthday present online.

Minimize all of your application windows with "Command+Option+M" and return to the desktop. This is valuable if you’re at work and you’re a secret Taylor Swift fan like me, searching for the latest gossip.

Who am I kidding? That’s no secret!

Tip #6: Quick Shutdown [Command+Option+Control+Eject]

This is one of my favorite shortcuts and it’s for Apple users only. Pressing “Command+Option+Control+Eject” allows you to instantly shut down your computer.

Be careful with this one! When I say instantly, I mean instantly.

This is great if you need to quickly close out and turn off your computer because you realized that your bus is at the stop and about to pull away!

Another very similar shortcut, “Command+Control+Eject” will immediately reboot your Mac. Once again, be careful with these shortcuts. They will start immediately, and won’t give you an option to save or exit any applications you have open.

Tip #7: Delete Key [Control+D]

One of the hardest things about OS X for me, as a primary Windows user, is the Delete key on the Apple keyboard. It’s pretty deceiving because the Delete key is in the exact same spot, and performs the same function, as the Backspace key in Windows.

This is all well and good until I try to delete forward rather than back!

For that, simply press “Control+D” to mimic the Windows Delete key functionality. This one took me a while to figure out, but it’s extremely helpful if you’re transitioning from the PC world to Apple products!

That's all for now. If you want a massive, comprehensive list of more keyboard shortcuts, check out this link.

I want to know what keyboard shortcuts you use! Let me know by commenting on the episode of this podcast or on the Tech Talker Facebook page!

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Until next time, I’m the Tech Talker, keeping technology simple!.


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Eric Escobar

Tech Talker demystifies technology and cutting edge devices so that even the most tech illiterate can understand what's going on with their computer or gadget — and what to do when something goes wrong.