MAC OS X Shortcuts

An extensive list of  common Mac OS X keyboard shortcuts.

Keystroke Description
Press X during startup Force Mac OS X startup
Press Option-Command-Shift-Delete
during startup
Bypass primary startup volume and seek a different startup volume (such as a CD or external disk)
Press C during startup Start up from a CD that has a system folder
Press N during startup Attempt to start up from a compatible network server (NetBoot)
Press T during startup 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 during startup Start up in Verbose mode.
Press Command-S during startup Start up in Single-User mode
Finder window
Keyboard shortcut Description
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
(Assigned in Keyboard & Mouse preferences) Show Package Contents (of selected file in Mac OS X 10.5 or later only). To create this contextual menu shortcut, open Keyboard & Mouse preferences in Mac OS X 10.5, click Keyboard Shortcuts, click the “+” button, choose as the Application, and type “Show Package Contents” (exactly), and set whichever shortcut you want, such as Command-Control-S.
Menu commands
Keyboard shortcut Description
Shift-Command-Q Apple Menu
Log out
Shift-Option-Command-Q Apple Menu
Log out immediately
Shift-Command-Delete Finder Menu
Empty Trash
Option-Shift-Command-Delete Finder Menu
Empty Trash without dialog
Command-H Finder Menu
Hide Finder
Option-Command-H Finder Menu
Hide Others
Command-N File Menu
New Finder window
Shift-Command-N File Menu
New Folder
Command-O File Menu
Command-S File Menu
Shift-Command-S File Menu
Save as
Command-P File Menu
Command-W File Menu
Close Window
Option-Command-W File Menu
Close all Windows
Command-I File Menu
Get Info
Option-Command-I File Menu
Show Attributes Inspector
Command-D File Menu
Command-L File Menu
Make Alias
Command-R File Menu
Show original
Command-T File Menu
Add to Favorites (Mac OS X 10.2.8 or earlier), Add to Sidebar (Mac OS X 10.3 or later—use Shift-Command-T for Add to Favorites)
Command-Delete File Menu
Move to Trash
Command-E File Menu
Command-F File Menu
Command-Z Edit Menu
Command-X Edit Menu
Command-C Edit Menu
Command-V Edit Menu
Command-A Edit Menu
Select All
Command-1 View Menu
View as Icons
Command-2 View Menu
View as List
Command-3 View Menu
View as Columns
Command-B View Menu
Hide Toolbar
Command-J View Menu
Show View Options
Command – [ Go Menu
Command – ] Go Menu
Shift-Command-C Go Menu
Shift-Command-H Go Menu
Shift-Command-I Go Menu
Shift-Command-A Go Menu
Shift-Command-F Go Menu
Shift-Command-G Go Menu
Goto Folder
Command-K Go Menu
Connect to Server
Command-M Window Menu
Minimize Window
Option-Command-M Window Menu
Minimize All Windows
Command-? Help Menu
Open Mac Help
Command-Space Open Spotlight (Mac OS X 10.4 or later)
Command-esc Front Row
Activates Front Row for certain Apple computers

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