Keyboard Shortcuts

Sometimes using Keyboard Shortcuts is much faster than a Mouse of Trackpad. Here are some Keyboard Shortcuts for the new and experienced Mac user. I knew many of these, but I have to admit I did learn a couple of new ones which I will be using in the future. Read on to improve your work efficiency with Keyboard Shortcuts.

Desktop & App Management

  1. Activate Spotlight for Searching – To bring up a handy search interface that will let you find files on your Mac, just use Command + Space. Spotlight can do all kinds of things, from locating files to answering basic questions to solving math problems.
  2. Swap Between Apps – To switch between your open applications, press Command + Tab. Keep holding down the Command key and then press Tab to cycle through the open apps. Let go when the app you want is highlighted.
  3. Close Apps From App Switcher – When you’re in the Command + Tab view, press the Q key with command held down to close an open app.
  4. Hot Corners – If you don’t already use Hot Corners, they’re worth checking out. You can set tasks that will happen when your mouse hovers in a specific corner, like launching Mission Control, showing the desktop, and more. Set them up in System Preferences > Mission Control > Hot Corners.
  5. Advanced Hot Corners – If you want to use Hot Corners but have found yourself accidentally activating features, hold down the Option key when setting up a Hot Corner. From there, the Hot Corner won’t activate unless you’re holding down the Option key.
  6. Hide a Window – To quickly hide a window on the desktop, just press Command + H. The app will disappear into the background, but you can get it back by clicking on the icon on the dock or using Command + Tab.
  7. Hide All Windows – You can hide all of the windows except for the window for the app you’re currently using by pressing Option + Command + H.
  8. Cycle Between App Windows – If you have multiple windows open for an app like Safari, you can swap between those open windows using Command + the Tilde (~) key.
  9. Switch Between Multiple Desktops – If you use multiple desktops, you can swap between them quickly by pressing the Control button and then either the left or the right arrow.

Managing Files

  1. Quickly Open Folders – To open up a folder in Finder or on your desktop, hold Command and press the down arrow key. To go back, just hold Command and press the up arrow key.
  2. Clean Up Your Desktop – For those with macOS Mojave or later, on a messy desktop, just right click and choose “Stacks” to have your Mac automatically organize everything by file type.
  3. Instant File Deletion – If you want to delete a file and want to bypass the Trash Can on the Mac that saves files before deleting them, just select a file and press Option + Command + Delete at the same time.
  4. Create an Auto Duplicating File – If you want to create a duplicate file when clicking on a specific file, just right click, select “Get Info.” and then check the Stationary Pad box. Every time you open that file, it’ll actually open a duplicate, which is great for templates and similar file types.


There are many, many more Keyboard Shortcuts in the macOS, but these are ones I think will be more often used. Get familiar with using Keyboard Shortcuts and save time.