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Time Saving Macbook Keyboard Shortcuts

written by: Shane Burley•edited by: Michael Dougherty•updated: 12/28/2010

Here are some of the most useful Mac OS X keyboard shortcuts for your Macbook.

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    Speeding Up Your Work

    From The newer world of mobile computing is really about speed, both in working with the applications and the base computer itself. The Macbook has become a standard for academia and many industries because of the unity between its usability and the kind of software it has used as its foundation. Though its different programs it has a somewhat common language for Macbook keyboard shortcuts that you can begin to integrate in an effort to save time and make your work much more intuitive. Here is a look at the most important Macbook keyboard shortcuts that you should begin to learn right from the start to shift into a faster, and more professional, workflow.

    (Source: Apple Support

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    Finder Keyboard Shortcuts

    Much of what it takes to work with the Mac OS X on the Macbook is through the Finder window and features, which will really allow you to manage the software, content, and functionality of your laptop computer. Here are some of the Finder focused Macbook keyboard shortcuts that you should be using right from the start.

    • Eject - Command and E
    • Select All - Command and A
    • Deselect All - Option, Command and A
    • Open Applications Folder = Shift, Command and A
    • Open Computer - Shift, Command and C
    • View Options - Command and J
    • Connect to Server - Command and K
    • Minimize All Windows - Option, Command and M
    • New Folder - Command and N
    • New Smart Folder - Option, Command and N
    • Log Out - Shift, Command and Q
    • Open - Command and O
    • Copy - Command and C
    • Cut - Command and X
    • Paste - Command and V
    • Close Specific Window - Command and W
    • Move to Trash - Command and Delete

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    Application Keyboard Shortcuts

    Mobile computing with the Apple Macbook has the use of multiple, and co-dependent, applications at its center. The Macbook keyboard shortcuts are not just designed to work with the base system, but actually within many of the applications themselves. Here are some Macbook keyboard shortcuts that will work in most applications and to manage applications, though there may still be some applications that will not support them. Many of these Macbook keyboard shortcuts are also the same as other commands, which means that they have different outcomes if in a specific program rather than just the open Mac OS X.

    • New Document - Command and N
    • Find File for Specific Program - Command and O
    • Open Print Features - Command and P
    • Open Find - Command and F
    • Close Front Window - Command and W
    • Undo - Command and Z
    • Redo - Shift, Command and Z
    • Force Quit - Option, Command and Esc
    • Move Down Application Page - Control and V
    • Go to Front of Document (Often used for a text file to move to the beginning of a text line) - Control and A
    • Go A Character Back - Control and B
    • Down a Line - Control and N
    • Go a Character Ahead - Control and F
    • Focus to Dock - Control and F3

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    Starting Up

    Many of the easiest Macbook keyboard shortcuts are atually used right from the beginning of your computer use, which are meant to be used when the computer is still starting up.

    • Begin from a Boot Disc - B
    • FireWire Target Disc Mode - T
    • Single User Mode - Command and S
    • Verbose Mode - Command and V
    • Enter Safe Mode - Shift
    • Use Mac OS X if Other Start Up is Being Used - X