Command Lists For Mac

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  • New Finder window: Command N

  • Up one folder level: Command Up Arrow

  • Open selected folder: Command Down Arrow

  • Back: Command left bracket

  • Forward: Command right bracket

Direct Folder Access

  • Open the Applications folder: Command Shift A

  • Open the Computer folder: Command Shift C

  • Open desktop folder: Command Shift D

  • Go to Folder: Command Shift G

  • Open the Home folder of the currently logged-in user account: Command Shift H

Editing Commands

  • Select all (e.g. all text, or all items in the front Finder window): Command A

  • Copy selected item/text: Command C

  • Paste: Command V

  • Cut: Command X

  • Undo: Command Z

  • Redo: Command Shift Z

  • Move to Trash: Command Delete (or Command Backspace)


  • Move focus to the menu bar: Control-F2, or Control-Function-2 if you're using a Mac with a Touch Bar

  • Move focus to the Dock: Control F 3, or Control Function 3 if you're using a Mac with a Touch Bar

  • Move forward to the next most recently used application in a list of open applications: Command Tab

  • Minimize window: Command M

  • View as List: Command 2

  • Open selected item: Command O

  • Open Mac Help or current application help: Command question mark

  • Spotlight: Command Spacebar

  • Find any matching Spotlight attribute: Command F

Mac startup commands

Closing and Quitting

  • Close window: Command W

  • Eject: Command E

  • Force Quit (Equivalent of Ctrl-Alt-Delete): Command Option Esc

  • Force Quit front-most application: Command Shift Option Esc

Application and other MacOS keyboard commands

Note: Some applications may not support all of the below application key combinations.

File Commands

  • New document: Command N

  • Open document: Command O

  • Save the active document: Command S

  • Duplicate the active document: Command Shift S

  • Print dialog: Command P

  • Display a dialog for specifying printing parameters (Page Setup): Command Shift P

  • Quit application: Command Q

Cursor Movement

  • End of the current line: Command Right Arrow

  • Beginning of the current line: Command Left Arrow

  • Beginning of the document: Command Up Arrow

  • End of the document: Command Down Arrow

  • End of the current word: Option right arrow

  • Beginning of the current word: Option Left Arrow

  • End of the current paragraph: Option Down Arrow

  • Beginning of the current paragraph: Option Up Arrow

Pressing Shift with these shortcuts selects the text between where the cursor starts and ends.

Font Formatting

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  • Decrease the size of the selected item: Command dash

  • Increase the size of the selected item: Command Shift equals

  • Boldface the selected text or toggle boldfaced text on and off: Command B

  • Underline the selected text or turn underlining on or off: Command U

  • Italicize the selected text or toggle italic text on or off: Command I

  • Display the Fonts window: Command T

Mac Startup Commands


  • Left-align a selection: Command left brace

  • Right-align a selection: Command right brace

  • Center-align a selection: Command Shift backslash


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Mac Commands Cheat Sheet

  • Display the Spelling window: Command Shift semicolon

  • Open a Find window: Command F

  • Open an application's preferences window (if it supports this keyboard shortcut): Command comma

For a more comprehensive listing of shortcuts check out this Apple Support article.