10 frequently used Mac keyboard shortcuts you need to know to increase productivity

There are a number of ingenious features on a Mac computer that you may not be aware of. Apple usually has some updates and new features on their websites, but there are many other shortcuts that can change the way we use a Mac.

Mac keyboard shortcuts also help you work quickly and efficiently, since you wont depend on your cursor every time. Of a lot of keyboard shortcuts, we have listed below some of the frequently used shortcuts you should know. You may be using some of them, while others might be new to you. So just take a look and write down the one you dont know.


10 frequently used Mac keyboard shortcuts

1 Option + click First in the list is Option + click You can use this shortcut anywhere on your Mac, which will open additional options for an application or a menu. You can also use this shortcut to force the closing of any application.

2 Option + Shift + Volume Up You may have noticed that when you press the key to increase or decrease the volume, it changes quickly. You can control this by pressing Option + Shift + Volume Up or Volume Down . This will reduce the speed of scrolling up or down and help you adjust the volume perfectly. You can use this to control the brightness as well.

3 Command + Shift + 34 If you want to take a screenshot of a particular part of the screen, simply press Command + Shift + 4 . Now, use your cursor to select the area you want to capture. You can capture the entire screen without selecting anything by pressing Command + Shift + 3 .

4. Command + Options + Esc
In case any of your applications start behaving strangely, you can press Command + Option + Esc. This will open the Force Quit menu with all the applications open. Choose the application and force it to quit.

5. Command + Space
If you are in the middle of an application and need to drag an image or file but are not sure where it is, simply press Command + Space . Spotlight will appear, regardless of the application you are using. Find the file and drag it to the application you are using. Press the same shortcut again to close Spotlight.

6. Command + Tab
Its really hard to move between applications, especially when you have a lot of applications open. Try pressing Command + Tab to move quickly between open applications and access them easily. Hold down the Command key and press the Tab key to navigate between the applications.

7. Command + Control + N
Now, this is a rather ingenious shortcut that helps me a lot. If you have many different files on your desktop, select them and press Command + Control + N . All the files will be automatically transferred to a new folder which you can easily rename.

8. Command + click
When you are in the middle of an interesting article on a website and you see a link that is equally interesting, use Command + click on the link. This will open the link in the browser in a new tab, without altering the active tab.

9. Control + Shift + Power
If you are in the middle of something really important, and need to get out of your Mac, simply press Control + Shift + Power This will put your Mac into lock mode, without sending it to sleep. Therefore, anyone trying to access your Mac will have to enter the password.

10. Command + Shift + V ¿
Try copying and pasting something from the Internet and end up with strange text formatting? Try pasting with Ctrl + Shift + V . This shortcut will remove all the formatting, making it easier for you to format it the way you want.

As we said before, there are many keyboard shortcuts and we could have missed some incredible ones. You can comment below to remind us and we will list them on this page.

Connect with us at