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    Jun 26, 2009
    Most commonly used keyboard shortcuts/touchpad strokes
    Hello. This is my first post and I'm a new Switcher (Macbook aluminum-touchpad all one piece).

    One thing I am struggling with is the overwhelming amount of keyboard shortcuts and touchpad movements available on my Mac. (I have been to the sticky pages and I wish their was a summary of the top 10 or 15 most commonly used shortcuts/movements. Wondering if folks might break down for me their top favorites for performing basic functions. For example, in my first 2 months on my Mac, I've realized I use the four finger stroke on the touchpad a lot to display my open webpages and other open applications.

    Any help on folk's most commonly used shortcuts/touchpad movements would be awesome.


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    Command-Tab: cycles between applications
    Command-`: cycles between windows within the same application

    Command-L: highlights the URL bar in most browsers

    Command-X, Command-C, Command-V: cut, copy & paste

    Shift-Command-3: takes a snapshot of your screen and puts it on the desktop

    Command-Space: spotlight

    Option-Command-Escape: the OS X equivalent of Ctrl-Alt-Delete

    BTW: It you had a few favorite keyboard shortcuts in Windows using the Ctrl key, try them in OS X with the Command key. Often they are the same.

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    Member Since
    Jun 26, 2009
    Thanks for the help.

    I've already viewed the sticky article. I'm looking for more of a summary of the most commonly used movements/shortcuts because I am feeling very overwhelmed right now looking at a list of like 100 or more keyboard shortcuts.

    thanks again.

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    Oneironaut's Avatar
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    Feb 23, 2009
    21" iMac * 2.8 Ghz Intel Core i7 * 16GB 1333 Mhz DDR3 * 1TB HD *AMD Radeon HD 6770M 512 MB
    You'll probably get as many suggestions here as you would on the sticky post or here on Apple's website:

    Mac OS X keyboard shortcuts

    But it's important to note that the Command key is sort of like the first line of defense when it comes to shortcuts.

    Command-H hides an app.
    Command-Q quits.
    Command-X cuts.
    Command-C copies.
    Command-V pastes.
    Command-S saves a document.
    Command-Tab switches between apps.
    Command-` switches between multiple app windows.

    Command-Option-Eject puts the computer to sleep.

    Those are probably the most used.

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