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Adventure Adjusting to the New Family Computer

Apple Logo :: groovyPost.comWell…the home PC in the living room died last week.  It was a SAD day in the GROOVY home.  After a quick Service,  I decided to try something NEW, so I picked up a new MacBook Pro from the local Apple store.  After a quick setup, we got it rolling and wow!  For a groovy Geek, it’s been taking me longer than expected to feel comfortable on the new Machine.  That being said, there’s a LOT about it that I like.

Perhaps I’ll do a full write-up on my Apple experiences, but for now, I want to begin documenting one of the most important things for any Groovy Geek —  KEYBOARD SHORTCUTS!

This list is going to be a “work-in-progress” so you might want to check it from time to time, as I find more Shortcuts and add to it.

 

MAC OS X Keyboard Shortcuts

 

Clipboard

  • Cmd-C = Copy
  • Cmd-V = Paste
  • Cmd-X = Cut
  • Cmd-A = Select All
  • Cmd-Shift-Arrow = Select

 

Menu Commands

  • Shift-Cmd-Q = Log out
  • Shift-Opt-Cmd-Q = Log out immediately
  • Shift-Cmd-Delete = Empty Trash
  • Opt-Shift-Cmd-Delete = Empty Trash without dialog
  • Cmd-H = Hide window
  • Opt-Cmd-H = Hide Others
  • Cmd-N = File New window
  • Shift-Cmd-N = New Folder
  • Cmd-O = Open
  • Cmd-S = Save
  • Shift-Cmd-S = Save as
  • Cmd-P = Print
  • Cmd-W = Close Window
  • Opt-Cmd-W = Close all Windows
  • Cmd-I = Get Info
  • Opt-Cmd-I = Show Attributes Inspector
  • Cmd-D = Duplicate
  • Cmd-L = Make Alias
  • Cmd-R = Show original
  • Cmd-T = Add to Favorites
  • Cmd-Delete = Move to Trash
  • Cmd-E = Eject
  • Cmd-F = Find
  • Cmd-Z = Undo
  • Cmd-B = Hide Toolbar
  • Cmd-J = Show View Opts
  • Cmd = [ = Go Back
  • Cmd = ] = Go Forward
  • Shift-Cmd-C = Go to Computer
  • Shift-Cmd-H = Go to your Home folder
  • Shift-Cmd-I = Go to iDisk
  • Shift-Cmd-A = Go to Applications folder
  • Shift-Cmd-G = Go to Go-To Folder
  • Cmd-K = Connect to Server
  • Cmd-M = Minimize Window
  • Cmd-? = Open Mac Help
  • Cmd-Space = Open Spotlight (OS X 10.4)

 

Window Management

  • Cmd-W = Close window
  • Cmd-Opt-W = Close all windows
  • Cmd-M = Minimise window
  • Cmd-Opt-M = Minimise all windows
  • Cmd-H = Hide Application
  • Cmd-~ = Cycle through windows for current application
  • Ctrl-F4 = Cycle through every open window
  • Cmd-Tab = Bring up the Application Switcher
  • Cmd-Tab = Cycle Forwards
  • Cmd-~ = Cycle Backwards
  • Cmd-Shift-Tab = Cycle Backwards
  • Cmd-Q = Quit application

 

Finder Navigation

  • Cmd-N = New Finder window
  • Cmd-W = Close Window
  • Opt-Cmd-W = Close all Windows
  • Cmd-Down = Open File/Folder
  • Cmd-Up = Navigate to parent
  • Cmd-Right = Expand folder (in list view)
  • Cmd-Left = Collapse Folder (in list view)
  • Opt-Cmd-Right = Expand folder and its subfolders (in list view)
  • Opt-Cmd-Up = Open parent folder and close current window
  • Cmd-Shift-H = Jump to your Home folder
  • Cmd-Shift-A = Jump to your Applications folder
  • Cmd-Shift U = Jump to your Utilities folder
  • Cmd-Shift K = Jump to the Network browser
  • Cmd-Shift G = Goto Folder
  • Cmd-1 = View as Icons
  • Cmd-2 = View as List
  • Cmd-3 = View as Columns
  • Cmd-Space = Open Spotlight (OS X 10.4)
  • Cmd-Delete = Move file/folder to trash
  • Cmd-Click window title = Display the file path

 

MAC OS X Keyboard Shortcuts during System Startup

  • Press X @ Startup = Force Mac OS X startup
  • Option-Command-Shift-Delete @ Startup = Bypass primary startup volume and seek a different startup volume (such as a CD or external disk)
  • Press C @ Startup = Start up from a CD that has a system folder
  • Press N @ Startup = Attempt to start up from a compatible network server (NetBoot)
  • Press T @ Startup = Start up in FireWire Target Disk mode
  • Press Shift @ Startup = Start up in Safe Boot mode and temporarily disable login items and non-essential kernel extension files (Mac OS X 10.2 and later)
  • Command-V @ Startup = Start up in Verbose mode.
  • Command-S @ Startup = Start up in Single-User mode

 

As I mentioned earlier, check back later for more Groovy Shortcuts!
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5 Responses to Adventure Adjusting to the New Family Computer

  1. T1000 July 13, 2008 at 10:35 am #

    Awesome timing on this one! Just picked up a iMAC and an iPhone. I’ve felt lost ever since. It’s coming slowly but I think the Apple is great for the home.

    Thanks again, I was having trouble figuring out how to close a window. CMD-W baby!

  2. pc4life July 15, 2008 at 10:52 am #

    Um…. No 🙂 Nice try MrGroove…. Sorry to see you’ve been a sucka for the Steve Jobs Propaganda Train.

  3. MrGroove July 17, 2008 at 11:16 pm #

    @T1000 – Yes, CMD-W is a very useful key! When I first started using the MAC for email, I was annoyed that the ESC key doesn’t work in Microsoft Entourage like it does in Microsoft Outlook. VERY odd….. Once I found the CMD-W key however, I’m happy again!

  4. MrGroove July 17, 2008 at 11:17 pm #

    @pc4life – I understand where your coming from. Before I bought a MAC I was a bit skeptical. Personally, I think it’s a great Home computer.

  5. la martina polo March 27, 2012 at 9:18 am #

    I appreciate the informative views he expressed on this blog, and I will miss him from the Euroblogosphere.

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