Mac Keyboard Shortcuts

One of the most confusing things for Mac beginners is that the keys are differently configured from those on a Windows PC. The below tables are my attempt to make some sense out of Mac Keyboard or Keystroke Shortcuts.

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Power Commands - Shutdown, Restart, Sleep

Use these shortcuts from your keyboard to control sleep, shutdown and restart. You can also click on the Apple menu and select menu commands.
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General Commands in Every App

Mostly universally available keystroke commands, across applications.
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Navigating Text

Practice a bit, and you’ll be whizzing through text with these handy keystroke sequences.
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Grabbing Screenshots

You can use these keyb combinations, or use the built-in Grab application (try spotlighting Grab, then enter on the app’s name) to make a screenshot. There are third-party applications available as well, such as SnapzPro from Ambrosia software.
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In the Finder

If you use the Finder for your file management, these are useful keystrokes. You might also consider a Finder replacement like CocoaTech’s Path Finder.
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Docking Around

Some key accelerators for Docking around in the Dock.
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Spotlight - Focused Search

Quick keyboard shortcuts for spotlight.
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While Starting Up

Special keypresses for use when starting up.
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