Using Keyboard Shortcuts

In this lesson for macOS Mojave on the Mac, I look at how to get around the Mac using keyboard shortcuts. With keyboard shortcuts, you can access various features including folders just by a keyboard shortcut instead of using the mouse or trackpad. You don’t have to use keyboard shortcuts, but in some cases, they do make getting around the Mac easier.

What a Keyboard Shortcut Is
When you press a combination of keys, your Mac will perform a specific function. These keys you press are the keyboard shortcut. These keys include the Command key, Option key, and Control key. These are all located on your keyboard. Newer Macs will also include the symbol on the key. To see if there is a keyboard shortcut for a specific function, such as opening a new Finder window, you look at the Menu Bar, under the menu you select you will see the different options you have. To the right of the option or task will be the keyboard shortcut.

Using a Keyboard Shortcut
To use a keyboard shortcut, you just tap the keys you want, and the task will be performed. As an example, command-N will open a new Finder Window. A lot of keyboard shortcuts work across different apps, as an example, when you are in an app, command-Q will quit the app.

See this Lesson Action
To see this lesson in action, take a look at the video above.

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