Mac Tips and Keystrokes

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  1. Europa

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    Command Delete - Moves file to trash
    Command Shift Delete - Empty trash with dialog
    Command Shift option Delete - Empty trash without dialog
    Command a - Select all
    Command Option Eject - Sleep
    Control Command Eject - Quit all apps and restarts
    Command 1 - View menu as icons
    Command 2 - View menu as list
    Command + Spacebar - Open spotlight. You can use this to open apps, type in calculations and find word definitions.
    Command H - Hides open windows

    Open terminal and type, say hello
    Don't use any punctuation or forget to type the word say before your text.
    The Mac will then say, "hello"

    Click once on a file and then press the spacebar to see a preview of it.

    Click on a file once and then hit enter to change the name of the file.
     
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    Hold command and press tab to open an icon list of open applications. Tab through to select an application, close the application by pressing Q
     
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    WOW! U Guys Rock! Thanks for this! I will come here often. This is GR8!
     
  4. chris

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    Learned this one today via Lifehacker.

    Option-Shift-Volume Up/Down. It will adjust your volume in smaller increments that using just volume up/down.
     
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    The little button on the right rear of the mini turns it on and off. That's it. That's all I know.
     
  6. Cjvdh

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    I have some to add of my own sorry if they are double posted.

    Screen shot = Command+Shift+3
    Spotlight Search = Command+Space
    Sleep Computer = Option+Command+Eject
    Move focus to dock = Control+F3

    These are just some of the keystrokes I tend to use a lot and the more you use them the more you get to know more commands and its really amazing how quickly you can navigate through your Mac. There is a whole list of every command on Apple's website once I find it I'll post the link.
     
  7. Cjvdh

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    Aha! I found it I knew it was around somewhere.

    http://support.apple.com/kb/ht1343

    There you guys go practice em and learn em! I actually printed it out ahaha I am such a nerd!
     
  8. acosmichippo

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    I thought we had a huge thread on this...

    Anyway, my favorites that haven't been mentioned:

    Cycle between open apps - cmd+tab
    Quit current app - cmd+Q
     
  9. Cjvdh

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    Hmmmm that's a good one I will be using all the time now. I need to put that on my most favorite list.
     
  10. styfle

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    Aw you beat me to it :p

    Well here is a (mostly) universal shortcut:
    Command + ,
    opens preferences for the current application

    Command + `
    cycles through windows of current application (such as different finder windows, etc)

    Command + Shift + 4
    lets you select a portion of your screen to take a screenshot of (i use this ALL the time, just drag a box around whatever you want)

    Command + t
    opens a new tab in most applications

    Command + w
    closes tab/window in current application

    Command + [0-9]
    selects a specific tab in current application

    Command + c = copy; Command + x = cut, Command + v = paste; Command + z = undo; Command + y = redo;
     
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    I don't know whether this transfers to Firefox, but when using Safari....

    Cmd/+ - zoom browser screen in
    Cmd/- - zoom out browser screen
    Cmd/0 - reset browser screen

    also
    control/scroll wheel will zoom in or out of desktop.
     
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    I use onboard built in dictionary often. Hover over a word you want a definition for and press ctrl/cmd/D and up pops a definition box!
     
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    Just FYI. I had a co-worker walk into my office and I typed into terminal, "say Oh my gosh, your friend there has terrible coffee breath." My coworker looked puzzled!
     
  14. Europa

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    It's also fun to use it in conjunction with VNC. They'll just see terminal open on its own and start talking. :)
     
  15. billnye97

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    Good stuff guys. Thanks!
     
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    Just noticed while reading this thread that on my Macbook Air that if you tap the DELETE button it will go back to previous page you was on.

    Delete button, takes you back to previous page.
     
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    OMG!?!?! I am NOT getting a MacBook Air! I give you all credit, that is hard & weird! I think through and through I am a PC!
     
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    Thank you. It will help us to learn more about Mac:)
     
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    I know I'm replying to an old message, but thanks for sharing that. I never knew that one. I decided to try the same combination on the screen brightness controls, and it turns out it also works there.

    This is working on Mavericks, folks, so those of you on the latest version of OS X can still use this!
     
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