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Mac OS X Keyboard Shortcuts

These are the most useful of the keyboard shortcuts available in OS X. There are more, such as commands that are specific to menus or certain windows, but this list has mostly the universal ones. You can also create custom keyboard shortcuts. I have instructions for doing so -> Creating Custom Keyboard Shorcuts in Mac OS X

At Startup

Press X Force Mac OS X startup
Press C Start up from a CD
Press N Attempt to start up from a compatible network server (NetBoot)
Press T Start up in FireWire Target Disk mode
Press Shift during startup Start up in Safe Boot mode and temporarily disable login items and non-essential kernel extension files (Mac OS X 10.2 and later)
Press Command-V Start up in Verbose mode
Press Command-S Start up in Single-User mode
Press Option-Command-Shift-Delete Bypass primary startup volume and seek a different startup volume


In a Finder Window

Command-W Close Window
Option-Command-W Close all Windows
Command-Right Arrow Expand folder (list view)
Option-Command-Right Arrow Expand folder and nested subfolders (list view)
Command-Left Arrow Collapse Folder (list view)
Option-Command-Up Arrow Open parent folder and close current window


Other Commands

Option-Command-ESC Force Quit
Control-Eject Restart, Sleep, Shutdown dialog box
Control-Command-Eject Quit all applications and restart
Option-Command-Eject or Option-Command-Power Sleep
Option-Command-D Show/Hide Dock
Command-Tab Switch application
Tab Highlight next item
Command-Up Arrow Move up one directory
Command-Down Arrow Move down one directory
Page Up or Control-Up Arrow Move up one page
Page Down or Control-Down Arrow Move down one page
Option-Drag Copy to new location
Option-Command-Drag Make alias in new location
Command-Drag Move to new location without copying
Shift-Command-C Show Colors palette in application
Command-T Show Font palette in application
Command-Shift-3 Take a picture of the screen
Command-Shift-4 Take a picture of the selection
Command-Shift-4, then press Control while selecting Take a picture of the screen, place in Clipboard
Command-Shift-4, then Spacebar Take a picture of the selected window
Command-click window toolbar button (upper right corner) Cycle through available views for the window's toolbar (dependant on the nature of the Finder or application window)
Command-` Cycle through windows in application or Finder (if more than one window is open)