Apple’s desktop operating system, macOS, is used by both consumers and professionals. In different fields, Macs are appreciated, as well for photography, for video, or for sound and digital arts more generally. In business, of course, Macs have their place.
And whether you use an Apple computer for work, or simply in your free time for personal projects or for entertainment, you can have this desire to be productive. And who says productivity, necessarily says keyboard shortcuts.
Here is precisely 7 that you may not know and that could be of great service to you:
Nothing could be more practical to make room on the screen and quickly put the apps dock aside.
Cut/Paste in Finder
- CMD + C: copy one or more file(s) or folder(s)
- then CMD + ALT + V: pastes the file(s)/folder into a different location in the Finder, involving deletion of the source file/folder
It’s kind of the equivalent of “cut/paste” in the Windows file manager. On macOS, we are rather entitled to a “copy/move”.
Immediate deletion of files/folders
- ALT + CMD + Backspace: delete the file(s)/folder highlighted in the Finder, bypassing the Recycle Bin
Be careful, with this shortcut, the Finder asks for deletion confirmation. Once the deletion has been validated, the deleted file/folder cannot of course be recovered from the trash.
Delete in text
- fn + Backspace: delete text that comes after the text cursor
Mac keyboards do not have a Delete key. This shortcut makes up for this lack.
Paste and adapt text style
- CMD + ALT + SHIFT + V: to paste text by adapting it to the text style of the page
This shortcut makes it possible to avoid imposing the style of the copied text in a document where the text is already styled with a font and a specific font size. Try it, and you won’t be able to do without it. And if you want to go even further, see our tutorial describing how to simplify the maneuver.
Emoji Keyboard Shortcut
- CTRL + CMD + spacebar: brings up, in any app where you can write text, the Emojis panel
Adjust the volume more precisely
- ALT + SHIFT + Volume “+” or “-”: to adjust the volume of your Mac in smaller increments than the Volume + and Volume – buttons normally allow
So much for these 7 very useful macOS shortcuts, but not necessarily known to everyone.
Which ones did you already have in your Mac shortcuts directory? And which ones did you not know yet?
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