Tips: Learn 10 essential keyboard shortcuts for the Mac

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Specializes in Apple’s system lists several shortest paths to speed your work. Selection includes tips for Safari, iTunes, Pages, Mai, among others

There are two types of computer users: those who prefer using the mouse and the keyboard more. I am part of this second category. I like to use as much as possible keyboard shortcuts to save time and to keep my hands on the keyboard. 

So, here are ten of our favorite keyboard shortcuts for popular applications on the Mac

1. Select the address field in Safari

Sometimes I copy a URL and want to stick it into the address field in Safari. Instead of using the Tab key or a mouse or trackpad to select the field, I prefer to use the shortcut Command + L.This action highlights the text in the field, and then I can put my URL and press Return to move to the desired site.

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2. Jump to what is currently playing in iTunes

I usually have iTunes running while I work, and it is normal to navigate the library, or the iTunes Store, while listening to music. But sometimes I go back to the song I’m currently listening to: either a playlist or my library of songs. A little-known shortcut, Command + L, does just that. It highlights the current track, and change the display so you can see exactly where it is.

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3. Cole and hold styles in Pages

Working with Pages software from Apple, from time to time, and sometimes you need to paste text copied from other files, or a web page. How to use styles in Pages, if you paste a text, it will appear with their original font and style. The shortcut Command + Option + Shift + V allows the pasted text will automatically get the style of the place where it was placed. Remember that this shortcut also works in Numbers and Keynote.

4. Mark messages as read or unread in Mail

When I use Mail, Apple like to keep the messages that must be read and answered as unread in my inbox. Thus, the subject of them appear in bold. I even have a special mailbox to which all these emails unread. Sometimes I read a message, but I want to keep it in that special box.Select a message and press Command + Shift + U makes a message read to unread and vice versa.

5. Quickly view information from multiple files

Generally need to check data from several files in the Finder. You probably know that if you select an item and press Command + I, will see an information window for that file. This window shows everything from file size to which application opens the document.

If you press Command + Option + I, see this item’s Info window, but if you click on another file, the Info window will change to show the new data item. You can also navigate to a folder using the arrow keys when that window is visible to see data for all items within it. This is a great way to view information for a large amount of files as a folder of photos.

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6. Open files without clicking

Clicking twice is so twentieth century. Although sometimes do to open a file, I normally use a keyboard shortcut smart that does the same thing. Select a file and press Command + down arrow and the file will open your default application. This command is most useful when you’re browsing a folder using the arrow keys to move through the site. (You can also press Command + O to do the same.)

7. Any direction in the Application Switcher

Most people know the shortcut Command + Alternator Tab.Ele shows the Application (Application Switcher) under all windows. Here you will see the icons of all currently open programs. When you hold the Command key presses, each time you press Tab, the selection moves to his right.

But sometimes accidentally miss the program you want, and need to return. Instead of pressing Tab to return everything, press the Shift key, and then Tab to cycle through the list in the opposite direction. (So you press Command-Tab, Command hold tight, then adds shift, which results in pressing Command + Shift + Tab).

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8. Select whole words faster

In reviewing my writing, I usually select portions of text, copy them, and then paste these pieces in a different place. There is a nice shortcut for this that facilitates the process when you want to select whole words. Place the cursor at the end of a word, then press Shift and Option keys. Then press the left arrow to select the end of the word in that direction, or the right arrow to go the other way. This shortcut also treats punctuation as words, so pressing an arrow, say, at the end of a sentence will select the end point.

9. Browse through the tabs in Safari

When I’m in Safari, use multiple tabs instead of windows. I sometimes have a dozen tabs open at the same, and need to change from one to another. What a better way? Using the keyboard, obviously. Just press Command + Shift + right arrow to move a tab to the right and replace the left arrow to navigate to the opposite side.

10. Put your Mac to sleep

Finally, I use the shortcut at the end of almost every day is one that puts my Mac to sleep.Press Command + Option + Eject to do so. If your keyboard does not have an eject button – as in a notebook without an optical drive – becomes the shortcut Command + Option + Power button.

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