Mac Keyboard Shortcuts Guide

Written by Scarlett James

This handout is a quick guide for all the OS X keyboard shortcuts.

  • Command-X: Cut the selected item and copy it to the Clipboard.
  • Command-C: Copy the selected item to the Clipboard. This also works for files in the Finder.
  • Command-V: Paste the contents of the Clipboard into the current document or app. This also works for files in the Finder.
  • Command-Z: Undo the previous command. You can then press Shift-Command-Z to Redo, reversing the undo command. In some apps, you can undo and redo multiple commands.
  • Command-A: Select All items.
  • Command-F: Find items in a document or open a Find window.
  • Command-G: Find Again: find the next occurrence of the item found previously. To find the previous occurrence, press Shift-Command-G.
  • Command-H: Hide the windows of the front app.
  • Command-M: Minimise the front window to the Dock.
  • Command-O: Open the selected item or open a dialogue to select a file to open.
  • Command-P: Print current document.
  • Command-S: Save current document.
  • Command-T: Open a new tab.
  • Command-W: Close the front window.
  • Command-Space bar: Show or hide the Spotlight search field.
  • Command-B: Bold
  • Command-I: Italicise
  • Command-K: Add a web link.
  • Command-U: Underline