At Bluespark we use KnowYourCompany.com to ask interesting questions of team members every week.
This week’s internal team question was a particularly interesting one for me so I decided to share it more widely:
What are some of your most-used keyboard shortcuts (Mac or Windows)?
I use keyboard shortcuts on Mac a lot so prepare yourself for my very liberal
interpretation of “some” because most of these I do use on a daily basis.
macOS/OSX Standard shortcuts:
These shortcuts come standard on all Apple Macintosh machines running OSX or macOS.
Take a fullscreen screenshot (I have screenshots setup to save to a custom folder in Bluespark Dropbox).
Cross-hairs to select a screen area for a non-fullscreen screenshot.
Open Spotlight; used as an app launcher.
Open Finder search.
Depends on application, but usually switches tabs within an application.
Switch applications (I hide my dock and use this to switch between apps).
Show all windows of current app, then use right/left arrows to navigate through and select a window with space bar.
Shows all windows on current desktop.
Quit current app.
Close current window (or tab) without quitting app.
Open new item (depends on app).
Open new tab (depends on app; works on Finder, Chrome, Terminal).
Open current app preferences.
macOS/OSX custom curated shortcuts:
Custom global shortcuts can be added via › System Preferences › Keyboard › Shortcuts ›
App Shortcuts › All Applications. You need to save the title of the menu item. More information
can be found in this KB article on support.apple.com.
Open System Preferences. Store the menu item as System Preferences...
Change keyboard language. 🇺🇸🇪🇸🇫🇷
Paste from Flycut clipboard manager. (Configured directly in app).
Word processing (standard macOS/OSX shortcuts):
Note these work in any word processing app, including Terminal, Notes, Mail, Evernote, Chrome, etc.
Goto beginning of current line. (⌥↑ sometimes also works).
Goto end of current line. (⌥↓ sometimes also works).
Select text from current position to beginning of line.
Select text from current position to end of line.
Select the line above.
Select the line below.
Goto start/end of current word. (Doesn’t work consistently in all applications).
Select text from current position to start/end of current word. (Doesn’t work consistently in all applications).
Delete previous letter.
Delete next letter.
Delete text from current position to beginning of line.
Delete text from current position to end of line.
Google Chrome (standard shortcuts):
Delete browser cache.
Open Private Browsing window; useful for testing unauthenticated version of sites while logged in on normal browser session.
Google Chrome (custom URL bar shortcodes):
Add/edit these in Settings › Manage search engines. The %s in URLs will be used as substitution for the search string in <CODE>.