macOS is a proprietary graphical operating systems developed by Apple Inc as primary operating system for Apple’s Mac computers. It has been in active development since 2001. macOS is the second most widely used desktop OS, after Microsoft Windows. This document captures the most common Keyboard shortcuts that will make you more efficient.

Mac menus and keyboards often use symbols for certain keys, including modifier keys:

  • Command (or Cmd)
  • Shift
  • Option (or Alt)
  • Control (or Ctrl)
  • Caps Lock
  • Fn

Here is a list of macOS Keyboard shortcuts that I frequently use to achieve efficiency.

Command+Control+QImmediately lock your screen
Shift+Command+QLog out of your macOS user account. You will be asked to confirm
Command+Control+FActivate a full-screen mode for an app on your macOS
Command+SpaceShow or hide the Spotlight search field
Command+Option+SpacePerform a Spotlight search from a Finder window
Control+Command+SpaceShow the Character Viewer, from which you can choose emoji and other symbols.
Cmd+TabSwitch to the most recently used application or press tab repeatedly to cycle through your open applications.
Shift+Cmd+SSave the current document with a new name.
Shift+Command+3Take a screenshot. If you see a thumbnail in the corner of your screen, click it to edit the screenshot. Or wait for the screenshot to save to your desktop
Shift+Command+4Capture a portion of the screen by manually selecting.
Shift+Command+4+ SpaceCapture a window or menu. Click the window or menu to capture it.
Cmd + QQuits the current app.
Cmd + ClickOpen Link in new tab on Chrome and Safari browser

Please help other macOS users by commenting about those Keyboard shortcuts you use on daily basis for quicker access to applications, documents and system utilities.

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