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    Question [How To] Macintosh Keyboard Short Cuts
    Hi People, with all the recent switchers, I think it's time to dedicated a useful thread for essential Keyboard Shortcuts As many of you newcomers seem to be asking the same question over and over again.

    If you know of a useful shortcut that hasn't already been posted, please add to the list. Please post it here, then link to this thread. Otherwise there will be billion of threads for the same thing.

    Here's the thread code:
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    http://www.mac-forums.com/forums/showthread.php?p=42062#post42062
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    Please try to refrain from going off topic. This thread's for Keyboard Shortcuts Only on any Apple Computer wether it's a Beige Box, iMac, iBook, or PowerBook. If it's for an application then indicate clearly it's for an application.

    First for the Basics on PowerBook or iBook Keyboards:


    Also:
    Brightness controls
    F1 = Screen Dimmer
    F2 = Screen Brighter

    Contrast controls
    Apple + Option + Ctrl + > = Increase Contrast
    Apple + Option + Ctrl + < = Decrease Contrast
    Apple + Option + Ctrl + 8 = White on Black


    FYI: On PowerBooks with Backlit keyboards, there's an ambient light sensor built-in, it helps adjust both the keyboard and screen brightness, but you can over-ride it by using the keyboard controls.

    In the current range of iBooks, non of them come with Backlit keyboards and the option isn't available for your iBook. Even if you acquired one, you may discover you cannot install it, since the logic-board doesn't have the necessary connections for the sensory technology.



    Apple + ? = Help

    Universal

    Apple + Z = Undo
    Apple + X = Cut
    Apple + C = Copy
    Apple + V = Paste
    Apple + A = Select All

    Apple + N = New
    Apple + O = Open

    Apple + S = Save
    Apple + Shift + S = Save As..

    Apple + P = Print
    Apple + Shift + P = Page Setup

    Apple = T = Font Menu
    Apple = - = Small Font or Zoom Out
    Apple = + = Bigger Font or Zoom In

    Apple + Q = Quit Application
    Apple + Option + Escape = Force Quit

    Apple + W = Close Current Window
    Apple + M = Minimize Window


    Safari
    For Tab browsing you need to switch on the Tab feature, found in the Preferences

    Apple + T = New Tab
    Apple + R = Refresh or Reload the page
    Apple = [ = Back
    Apple = ] = Next
    Apple = D = Add to Bookmark


    Finder
    Apple + E = Eject, Remove Media/Drives (aka Put Away)
    Apple + I = Get Info
    Apple + Delete = Move selected files to trash
    Apple + Option + Escape = Force Quit
    Apple + Spacebar = Change input language
    Apple + Option + D = Auto Hide and Show the Dock

    Command + Shift + Delete = Empty Trash (you'll be asked to confirm, just hit Return)


    Grab Screen
    Apple + Shift + 3 = Capture Screen (creates a PDF file on your desktop)
    Apple + Control + Shift + 3 = Capture Screen to Clipboard

    Apple + Shift + 4 = Capture Selection or Hit the spacebar for Photo Grab (creates a PDF file on your desktop)
    Apple + Control + Shift + 4 = Capture Selection to Clipboard


    System
    Apple + Control + Power = Force Restart
    (Warning, your system will be forced to restart and you will lose whatever your currently working on. Only use this when your system freezes and FORCE QUIT doesn't work)

    FYI: Some Macusers will refer to the Apple key, as Command. Don't be confused, it's the same key. (The one with the Apple symbol on, place at either end of the Spacebar)

    Simularly, the Option key is also known as Alt Hope it's not too confussing.






    If there are any problems regarding accuracy of this list... please PM or AIM (StyleCode) me with corrections. It helps other's if we try to keep the thread clean, makes it easier to read and search. It's a reference thread, free aid to help other's


    Cheers...

    PS: Mods & Admins, would it be possible to make this a Sticky? Please.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hype.it
    Apple + Option + Power = Force Restart
    (Warning, your system will be forced to restart and you will lose whatever your currently working on. Only use this when your system freezes and FORCE QUIT doesn't work)
    So I noticed... :mad:
    But for my PowerBook, I have to use Apple + ctrl + power....

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    Correction:

    Shift + Apple + 3 = Screen Grab or Print Screen (creates a PDF file on your desktop)
    Shift + Apple + 4 = Selection Grab or Hit the spacebar for Photo Grab (creates a PDF file on your desktop)

    Also, how about
    Command + Tab = switch to next application

    And the Expose keys might be nice too.

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    Thanks... I've corrected them..

    Thanks for the test Zero.

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    gloriroze
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    What a splendid list! Perfect for all of us recent switchers. Thank you so much for sharing this...

    Gloria

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    Thanks for that, there were a few that I did not know.
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    A couple corrections:
    Apple + Option + Escape = Force Quit
    shouldn't be in the Safari section. It should be in the universal section (I see you have it in the Finder section, too. That's good.)

    Also, you are kinda inconsistent in "Apple" vs. "Command". They are the same key, and so, it needs to be consistent. (Sorry, I am a <insert your favorite word> about that sort of thing )

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    pcjabber
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    And, thanks. The F7 one I did not know about (you can make iBooks span -- see http://www.rutemoeller.com/mp/ibook/ibook_e.html), and the backlite ones (I don't have a backlit kb)....And some other ones =)

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    What's the Mac equivalent of "Copy Shortcut" from a PC? For example, if I wanted to copy the link of a hyperlinked word without opening the link in a new window or tab and then copying it from the address bar.

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    Nevermind. I figured it out by playing around with the Control, Command, and Option keys.

    For those who want to know the answer to my above question, place the cursor over the linked word and variously press those keys for different options of what to do with the link.

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    I use control + mouse click

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    Matt
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    Thankyou so much Hype it. This will help me with my soon coming iMac G3

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    TylerMoney
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    apple + **** + delete = empty trash

    this is nice when you use cmd(apl) delete to get ride of something; you can just empty your trash real quick like too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TylerMoney
    apple + **** + delete = empty trash

    this is nice when you use cmd(apl) delete to get ride of something; you can just empty your trash real quick like too.
    You mean Command + Shift + Delete = Empty Trash

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    Have a look here, it should cover almost everything:

    http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=75459
    I'm in your forums, writing sentences in a grammatically acceptable manner.

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