I love Mac keyboard shortcuts, I can’t get enough of them. They are a bit like Krispy Kreme donuts… Once you try or learn about one, they become addictive and within 10 minutes you realise you have just polished off the entire box of 12. Yikes! But instead of your addiction to the exciting frosting flavours increasing your waistline, learning Mac keyboard shortcuts will only increase your productivity and brain size.
There are literally countless Mac keyboard shortcut combinations. Hey, you can even create your own Mac shortcuts! Unless you are a real life Dustin Hoffman Rain Man, who has super human memory skills, I would stick to learning and perfecting the shortcuts that will help you the most.
In our previous article Top 10 Mac Keyboard Shortcuts Every Mac User Should know, we teach you how to shut down Mac, force quite stubborn apps. How to cut, copy and paste and even instantly bring up your Spotlight search.
While the Mac keyword shortcut combinations in the articles above are helpful classics, the list below are a little more unusual, but equally helpful…
1.) How to Zoom in and Zoom Out
Picture this – you are about to surf the web, write a text document or begin reading chart topping virtual novel, but realise you have forgotten your spectacles. Instead of leaving the comfort of your seat to march upstairs and fetch them, you could just ‘ZOOM’ into your text!
To Zoom In, press the key combo Command and +
Alternatively you may wish to see the bigger picture…To Zoom Out, press the key combo Command and –
2.) How to Look up a Word with Mac Dictionary
This Mac keyboard shortcut is undoubtedly the easiest way to look up a word. Whether you are on a web page or text document and come across a baffling word, you can instantly look it up by doing the following…
Click you cursor on the word. (So your dictionary knows which spelling to bring up.) Then tap in Command and Control and D
3.) How to Take a Mac Screen Shot
There are infinite reasons why you may wish to take a screen shot. You may want to take a cool still from your favourite blockbuster or home movie. I personally always use it whenever I purchase an item online. I take a screen shot of my order confirmations. Just incase anything goes wrong, I have visual proof of purchase.
You may notice somewhere else I always use this handy function…. spotted it yet? Every image I have posted in this tutorial as been taken using a screen shot on my Mac.
There are two ways to take a screen shot -Full Screen and Partial. A full screen snap shot records every bit of your screen, toolbar and all. With a partial screen shot, you are able to click and drag a section of your screen you wish to capture.
Full Screen shot – press Command and Shift and 3
Partial screen shot – press Command and Shift and 4
4.) Instantly Minimize Windows
If you have a lot of windows open, from all types of applications, it can be a nightmare if you wish to check something on your desktop. Instead of manually minimizing each and every window individually, you can use this nifty Mac keyboard shortcut.
Command and Option and M
5.) Check Your Emails
If you are a busy bee and always checking your never ending inbox or typing away emails, this simple Mac shortcut will save you oodles of hours in the future.
Command and Shift and I
So there we have it, some seriously cool Mac keyword shortcuts. If you know any more, please feel free to get in touch, we always love to hear from our readers!