The 50 best keyboard shortcuts for Mac

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Keyboard shortcuts make you a lean, mean productivity-machine by allowing you to keep your fingers stationed on the keyboard, as opposed to moving back and forth to the mouse.

In fact, Brainscape crunched the numbers: If the average computer user wastes two seconds per minute switching off between these two computer accessories, they could save eight work days per year by swapping in all available keyboard shortcuts. Greater productivity means more time you could be spending on a beach, right?

To help you achieve digital-nirvana, we rounded up the 50 best keyboard shortcuts for the Mac. For a complete list, visit Apple.com.

LEARN THE BASICS

Select all, copy, cut, or paste content in a jiffy.

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⌘+a selects all. ⌘+c copies. ⌘+x cuts. ⌘+v pastes.

Undo and redo actions.

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⌘+z undoes. ⌘+y redoes (in some cases ⌘+shift+z redoes).

Find a keyword.

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Open a new window, open a new tab, or close a tab in applications like Finder or a web browser.

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⌘+n opens a new window. ⌘+t opens a new tab. ⌘+w closes a window.

Quit the program in use.

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Reopen the last tab you closed (up to 10 tabs).

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Duplicate an item. It's faster than copying and pasting.

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Rename a file. (You have to select it first.)

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Use Spotlight to search for things like apps, documents, images, and other files.

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Bold, italicize, or underline text.

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⌘+b bolds text. ⌘+i italicizes text. ⌘+underlines text.

Take a screenshot of the entire screen.

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Take a screenshot of part of your screen. (Your pointer will change into a crosshair.)

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Use the right-click function.

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NAVIGATE LIKE A PRO

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Highlight the URL search bar in your web browser.

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Cycle through tabs in apps like Finder or a web browser.

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⌘+left arrow changes view to the left adjacent tab. ⌘+right moves to the right.

Jump down a web page.

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And leap right back up a page.

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Shoot all the way to the bottom or top of a web page.

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⌘+up arrow scrolls to the top of the web page. ⌘+down arrow jumps to the bottom.

Toggle between programs. You can cycle through all open apps by holding ⌘ and pressing tab or arrow keys.

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BE A SOCIAL BUTTERFLY

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Compose a new tweet or direct message on Twitter.

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View home page, notifications, messages, or profile on Twitter.

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View a list of all available keyboard shortcuts on Twitter.

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Post a new status on Facebook.

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View home page, profile timeline, and messages on Facebook.

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LEVEL UP

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If an app is unresponsive, you can force it to close using Force Quit.

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Empty the trash. (Careful, there are no take-backs on this one.)

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Put your computer to sleep.

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Learn information about a selected file in Finder, including file size, date of creation, and dimensions (if it's a photo).

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Hide the windows of the current app in use.

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Paste formatted content as plain text.

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Reveal the desktop.

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Define any highlighted word.

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Select the text between the cursor and the beginning (or end) of the current line.

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Select the text between the cursor and the beginning (or end) of the current word.

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Select the character to the left (or right) of the cursor.

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Toggle between open windows in applications like Finder or a web browser.

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Did we leave off your favourite?

Let our resident keyboard-shortcut-enthusiast @meliarobin know on Twitter by using the hashtag #keyboardshortcutoftheweek. We might share yours with our readers!

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