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Useful Mac Keyboard Shortcuts Worth Memorizing

To be productive do this and that. Read another book, download 10 latest productivity apps, have some to-do lists for the day, week, month, life and other bullshit. There are tons of different techniques and methods to being productive but most of them don’t work. If you, however, are always looking for ways to become more productive and work smarter instead of harder I highly recommend you start using keyboard shortcuts.

As a long-time Windows user I recently switched to Mac and were struggling with keyboard shortcuts as they are slightly different and in some cases much cooler. So there you have it, a list of the Mac keyboard shortcuts that I actually use.


Command key
Control key
Option key
Shift Key
Caps Lock
Fn Function Key

Command + Q – quit forefront application.

Option + Command + Eject – put your Mac to sleep mode.

Command + Shift + 4 + Space – make a screenshot of only a window needed. (Really cool one, as the screenshot has transparent background.)

Command + Shift + V – paste clipboard without any formatting.

Command + Alt + Left/Right – switch tabs in Chrome.

Command + 1/2/3/4 – when you need to change views in the finder, you don’t have to bother with your mouse. 1 will get you icon view, 2 list view, 3 column view, and 4 cover flow.

Command + Alt + Esc – force quit apps.

Command + Space – quickly search in the Spotlight.

Command+ Tab – flip between open applications.

Command + T – create a new tab in Safari or Chrome.

Command + Shift + 3 – capture the screen on desktop.

Command + Shift + Control + 3 – capture the screen to the clipboard.

Command + Shift + 4 – capture a screen selection on desktop.

Command + Shift + Control + 4 – capture a selection and save to the clipboard.

Of course there are many many more shortcuts to do a lot of things and potentially save you time, but honestly, I think knowing just a couple and using them is much better than knowing all and never using. You can find all Mac shortcuts on Apple Support: OS X keyboard shortcuts.

Let me know if you have any cool shortcuts to include on this list.

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