The Most Amazing Mac Shortcuts for Ultra Efficient Entrepreneurs

Posted March 23, 2015 - Emma Mills in Tricks of the trade

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We’re all about saving you time here at Mi PA. We’ve already published lists of super useful Microsoft Word and Excel shortcuts. Did you think we’d forgotten about the Mac? Not a chance!  Here it is – the Mi PA list of amazing Mac shortcuts for ultra efficient entrepreneurs.

Shortcuts are all about time-space efficiency. The less time you spend moving from one action to another (from keyboard to mouse or trackpad for instance) the more time you save. These keyboard shortcuts for Mac allow you to stay in the same space (the keyboard) while accessing all sorts of essential commands. Once you’ve memorised these shortcuts, you and your Mac will become a whirlwind of efficiency.

The Basics

These shortcuts cover basic functionality native to Window and Mac computers. Great for editing, these are especially useful in the Pages and Keynote applications.

Command + C – copy

Command + V – paste

Command + X – cut

Command + S – save

Command + A – select all

Command + N – new document (for current application)

Command + B – bold

Command + I – italics

Command + U – underline

Command + right arrow – go to end of a line

Command + left arrow – go to beginning of a line

Command + up arrow – go to the top of the page

Command + down arrow – got to the bottom of the page

Top tip:

Hold the shift key to select the text (e.g. Command + Shift + right arrow will select text to the end of the line)

FN + Delete – turns Mac’s backspace key into the traditional Windows delete key, allowing you to delete text ahead of the cursor rather than behind.

Nifty Navigation

Command key + Tab

As you can in Windows, this command calls up a horizontal bar of open applications. Hit tab, arrow or even navigate the mouse to whichever application you’d like to quickly access.

Top tip: Hit the Q key and whichever application you’ve selected will quit.

Command + Shift + ?

Opens the Help form in the current application. Just start typing to search for help.

Command + Y (or Spacebar)

This is really powerful in Finder – it activates Mac’s ‘Quick Look’ feature for any selected document allowing you to preview a file before opening it.

Top tip: Select a group of files and then use Option + Command + Y and ‘Quick Look’ becomes a slide show – perfect for viewing a batch of images on your desktop.

Command + Space – brings up Spotlight Search. Just start typing for instant results.

Command + F3 – instant access to the Desktop.

Command + 1/2/3

This is in-browser navigation that allows you to easily switch between tabs.

Speedy Screen Sharing

Ask to share a screen

Hit Command + Spacebar to bring up Finder and start typing Screen Share – this allows you to ask to see the screen of another Mac user quickly and easily. Your microphone will also be activated so you can discuss what you’re seeing straight away.

NB. You’ll be asking to see the other user’s screen rather than sharing your own. If you want to share your screen, they’ll need to ask you.

Screen shots

Command + Shift + 3 – takes a screen shot and saves it to your desktop

Command + Shift + 3 + Control – takes a screen shot and saves it to your clipboard

Command + Shift + 4 – take a screen shot of a selected area using the trackpad or mouse

Got any more hot time-saving tips for Mac users? We’d love to hear about them. Let us know in the comments.

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