16 keyboard shortcuts only Mac power users know about

There are a ton of hidden keyboard shortcuts in MacBooks and Mac computers. Here are the best and most useful ones that only power users know about.


1. Turn up or down the volume in 1/4 increments: press and hold “Option,” “Shift,” and either “Volume Control” key.

In the “Finder” application:

2. Jump to the “Applications” folder: “Command,” “Shift,” and “A.”

3. Jump to the “Desktop” folder: “Command,” “Shift,” and “D.”

4. Jump to the “Utilities” folder: “Command,” “Shift,” and “U.”

5. Jump to the “Home” folder: “Command,” “Shift,” and “H.”

In the browser:

6. Define the word under your mouse cursor: “Command,” “Control,” and “D”

7. Jump to the browser address bar: “Command” and “L”


8. Hide every window and see your Desktop: “Command” and “F3.”

9. Close the window you’re on: “Command” and “W”

10. Close every window in an open app: “Command,” “Option,” and “W”

11. Switch between open apps: “Command” and “Tab”

12. Open “Spotlight Search” to find anything on your Mac: “Command” and “Space”

13. Take a screenshot of your entire screen: “Command,” “Shift,” and “3”

14. Take a screenshot of a specific area: “Command,” “Shift,” and “4” — then click and drag over the area you want to screenshot.

15. Force quit apps that aren’t responding: “Command,” “Option,” and “Esc”

16. Empty the Trash immediately: “Command,” “Option,” “Shift,” and “Delete”

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