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By pressing certain key combinations, you can do things that normally need a mouse, trackpad, or other input device.

To use a keyboard shortcut, press and hold one or more modifier keys and then press the last key of the shortcut. For example, to use ⌘Command+C (copy), press and hold the ⌘Command key, then the C key, then release both keys. Mac menus and keyboards often use symbols for certain keys, including modifier keys:

Command (or Cmd) ⌘

Shift ⇧

Option (or Alt) ⌥

Control (or Ctrl) ⌃

On keyboards made for Windows PCs, use the Alt key instead of Option, and the Windows logo key instead of Command.

Some keys on some Apple keyboards have special symbols and functions, such as for display brightness , keyboard brightness , Mission Control, and more. If these functions aren't available on your keyboard, you might be able to reproduce some of them by creating your own keyboard shortcuts.

Copy, paste, and other popular shortcuts[]

Here the popular shortcuts contain cut, copy, paste, and more.

Function Combination
Cut the selected item and store it in the Clipboard ⌘Cmd+X
Copy the selected item and store it in the Clipboard (Works for files in the Finder) ⌘Cmd+C
Paste the selected item from the Clipboard (Works for files in the Finder) ⌘Cmd+V
Undo the last action ⌘Cmd+Z
Redo the last action ⇧Shift+⌘Cmd+Z
Open the Force Quit dialog to force quit apps ⌥Opt+⌘Cmd+Esc
Quit the selected app ⌘Cmd+Q
Select all ⌘Cmd+A
Hide the front window ⌘Cmd+H
Close the selected app or close a tab ⌘Cmd+W
Minimize the front window to the dock ⌘Cmd+M
Display the supported app in full-screen mode ⌘Cmd+⌃Ctrl+F
Open Spotlight Search ⌘Cmd+Spacebar
Show the front window but hide all other windows ⌥Opt+⌘Cmd+H
Take a screen-shot of the entire screen ⇧Shift+⌘Cmd+3
Open the Application Switcher to switch open apps ⌘Cmd+Tab
Find text in a browser ⌘Cmd+F
Find again: Find the next occurrence ⌘Cmd+G
Create a new document ⌘Cmd+N
Create a new folder in the Finder ⇧Shift+⌘Cmd+N
Open a document ⌘Cmd+O
Save a document