10 cool keyboard shortcuts that every Mac user should know
Keyboard shortcuts will boost the productivity of our daily work. Apart from cutting down the time needed to do a task, it will bring a nicer user experience, and also the cool effect. Here, we have compiled ten useful shortcuts you may not know about on the Mac.
1. Command + Shift + A/U/D
This is a handy shortcut to look up the definition of selected word from the Mac OS X built in dictionary. Move the mouse cursor over the top of the word to be looked up, press Control + Command + D, and a dialog will pop-up with the definition.
4. Control + Option + I
This is a shortcut when you need info on multiple files. Just select the files and press Control + Option + I. It will pop-up an info panel on the selected files.
5. Command + Option + M
Sometimes when you have too many windows on your desktop, you want to minimise it all to de-clutter your screen. To minimise it all to the dock, press the keyboard shortcut Command + Option + M.
6. Command + Option + Shift + Esc (hold for 3 seconds)
When you do manage to crash your Mac, you can force quit the application by holding the keyboard shortcut Command + Option + Shift + Esc for 3 seconds.
7. Command + Option + Eject
Use the keyboard combination Command + Option + Eject to immediately sleep your Mac.
8. Command + Option + Control + Eject
Use the keyboard combination Command + Option + Control + Eject to instantly shut down your Mac. This is a great shortcut as it bypasses the shut down counter that you get when using the normal Apple Menu > Shut Down option.
9. Command + Shift + 4 and Space Bar
This little known keyboard combination will capture a window screenshot. Press Command + Shift + 4 to activate a crosshair that you can drag to capture a screenshot of a specific area on the screen. However, if you hit Space Bar after that, the crosshair will change to a camera icon that you can click to capture a nice PNG of the selected window.
10. Command + (Shift) + ~
Command + ~ is a great way to cycle through applications and windows opened on your Mac. Add in the Shift key to change direction.