Common MAC OS X Keyboard Shortcuts

There are a number of keyboard shortcuts on the MAC OS X. I have listed a few here. First take a look at the keyboard to familaize your self with the location of some of the control keys.

The keyboard above is a standard Mac full keyboard with number pad, Note the Control keys on the keyboard layout, marked with red, there are two sets of these control keys, so you can access them using both hands. It comprises of Control (A), Option or Alt (B), and Command keys (C). These keys have symbols on them shown below. Plus a few extra ones that may appear later.

  • Control - Ctrl
  • Option or Alt - ⌥
  • Command - ⌘
  • Escape - ⎋
  • Eject - ⏏

Many of the keyboard commands shown in the table below, will use these controls along with usually an extra modifier like a shift, and generally a letter. Where these keys are to be pressed at the same time, I have shown them all in [ ], square brackets, with a "+" between each key. An example would be [⇧ + ⌘ + A] - This in Finder application will switch the current folder to the Applications folder.

Table of Keyboard Shortcuts

Application KB Sortcut Description
Finder [⇧ + ⌘ + A] Switch to the application Folder
Finder [⇧ + ⌘ + U] Switch to the Utilities folder under the application folder