#Howto … use keyboard shortcuts on your #Mac for greater #productivity

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Apple have invested in technologies for us to use touch and gestures to control the various devices we have both in the OS and iOS worlds. We subscribe to them all, using an Apple Magic Trackpad with our iMacs and the in-built touchpad on the MacBooks. We recommend them both as intuitive ways to navigate your display(s) at speed. Touch on Apple’s mobile devices is what makes them so easy to use for us. Apple’s Force Touch on their laptops bring the added tactility of pressure sensitivity.

However there is still a major place in our workflows for the keyboard as irrespective of the power of touch and the ever improving voice activated “Siri” at some point we invariably need to enter text. We were fully on board with utilizing the hardware that Apple provides until we went deeper in to paperless and productivity workflows.

Keyboard shortcuts are a key part of our workflows now and while we don’t profess to being experts, the speed that we can move around multiple applications and often multiple screens, far outstrips the efficiency of moving our hands on a trackpad or mouse.

What we have struggled with is finding one place to keep this information which we haven’t committed to “muscle memory.”

Until now…

My top 10 keyboard shortcuts:

1. Command ccopies selection to keyboard

This also works for file or folder names which is a fast way of formatting multiple files without processing batch edit tools.

2. Command vpastes from keyboard

As above, the speed of copy & paste without taking you hands off the keyboard simply Gets Things Done.

3. Alt Command v – moves a copied file or folder

without the Alt key the file will be duplicated

4. Command wcloses application or browser window

this only closes the window, not the application, leaving in ready for further use

5. Command q quits application

quick way to clear multiple apps

 6. Command spacebarlaunches spotlight

Apple’s built in search tool for files, folders, emails, messages and proves a great application launcher – ever improving

7. Command nopens new_

_window, creates a new file in an application or generates a new email, calendar appointment or message

8. Command topens a new tab in your browser

also works in Finder which is powerful when using keyboard strokes for file management

9. Command rrefreshes browser window

useful for wordpress web based blogging!

10. Command l moves cursor to search window in browser

ready for typing a search


Don’t forget fn delete for “forward delete,” the opposite of backspace! That one is essential for any migrating Windows user…


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