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An OS X keyboard shortcut reference System
As a new OS X user (from the UNIX world), I needed to find all the little keyboard shortcuts out there to do things. You would not believe how long it took me to figure out how to reach the menu bar via the keyboard! So, for all you newbie OS X users, I put together a quick reference guide (PDF, OpenOffice doc) for those magic keystrokes you find out about in bits and pieces here and there.

[robg adds: Many of these are documented here on hints, in Mac help, in various applications, etc., but it's nice to see so many in one spot. I know there are other lists out there like this. If you know of one, please post it in the comments.]
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An OS X keyboard shortcut reference
Authored by: Laqua on Apr 22, '05 11:01:29AM
Please note the link above for the pdf file does not work, it is missing the f inf pdf. Here is the full link. http://amduus.com/OpenSrc/FreePublications/OSX_KeyCombo_Reference_Guide.pdf

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Laqua

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An OS X keyboard shortcut reference
Authored by: chabig on Apr 22, '05 11:41:31AM

With the imminent release of Tiger, you might as well add F12=Spotlight.
Also, CMD-SHIFT-4, then SPACE gives you camera cursor that takes a picture of the window that you place the cursor over.



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An OS X keyboard shortcut reference
Authored by: landis on Apr 22, '05 11:56:37AM

Holy Cow! I never knew about that one and it's VERY useful. I always did a Cmd-Shift-4 and click and dragged around the window.

Thanks!!



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An OS X keyboard shortcut reference
Authored by: fds on Apr 22, '05 12:38:47PM

And while we are talking about Tiger, it's worth noting that saved screenshots there changed to PNG, rather than PDF.



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An OS X keyboard shortcut reference
Authored by: adrianm on Apr 22, '05 12:58:24PM

Really? so it changed from TIFF to PDF and now PNG. I wonder what format screen shots will be with Tabby :-)



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An OS X keyboard shortcut reference
Authored by: iroot on Apr 22, '05 06:29:03PM

...and cmd-esc cancels the cmd-shift-4-space (and others) if you change your mind.



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An OS X keyboard shortcut reference
Authored by: chabig on Apr 22, '05 10:44:18PM

Actually, just hitting escape by itself cancels these things. Holding down command is unnecessary.



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more screencapture tips
Authored by: sjk on Apr 23, '05 05:36:02PM
The Secret Screen Capture Shortcut describes how adding the control key modifier will capture to the Clipboard instead of a file. And screencapture can be run from the command line:
% screencapture 
screencapture: illegal usage, file required if not going to clipboard
usage: screencapture [-icmwsWx] [file]
  -i      capture screen interactively, by selection or window
            control key - causes screen shot to go to clipboard
            space key   - toggle between mouse selection and
                          window selection modes
            escape key  - cancels interactive screen shot
  -c      force screen capture to go to the clipboard
  -m      only capture the main monitor, undefined if -i is set
  -w      only allow window selection mode
  -s      only allow mouse selection mode
  -W      start interaction in window selection mode
  -x      do not play sounds
  -S      in window capture mode, capture the screen not the window
  file    where to save the screen capture


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An OS X keyboard shortcut reference
Authored by: cudaboy_71 on Apr 22, '05 12:23:32PM

not discrediting or trying to take away from the effort that went into the pdf. but, this is almost a carbon copy of the page at apple; and simpler to link to.

http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=75459

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if it aint broke, break it!



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Keyboard Shortcuts Quick Reference
Authored by: sjk on Apr 23, '05 05:40:08PM
An OS X keyboard shortcut reference
Authored by: jasongutierrez on Apr 22, '05 03:35:27PM

This isn't really a short cut, but UNIX geeks might enjoy it. You have to make sure that your login window is set to prompt for the user name and password. That said, logout of CMD + Shift + Q. When you are presented with the login promt, enter ">console" in the username area and hit return. Viola, you are running OSX without the GUI.



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An OS X keyboard shortcut reference
Authored by: roger69 on Apr 22, '05 05:01:45PM

Very cool!

Anyone know if there's a way to do this automatically on boot?



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An OS X keyboard shortcut reference
Authored by: cynikal on Apr 23, '05 01:31:24PM

cmd+s during the start up chime will bring you into single user mode.. or cmd+v to see the messages while it's booting fully into the UI..

if you want to fully boot the machien into multi-user mode but minus the gui, you need to edit your /etc/ttys change the console line to run getting instead of loginwindow.app.. you'll need to sudo to edit the file btw



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An OS X keyboard shortcut reference
Authored by: cynikal on Apr 23, '05 01:34:24PM

i used to use this in panther but it stopped working.. in tiger though i have verified it works..

shame it doesn't work in the fus prompt, only the initial login window.



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An OS X keyboard shortcut reference
Authored by: DanFrakes on Apr 22, '05 06:32:41PM
[Rob, hopefully it's OK to post these; if not, feel free to delete ;-) ]

Here are a couple lists I cobbled together:

keyboard shortcuts
modified mouse actions

(I haven't updated them for "official" Panther/Tiger compatibility, but nearly all still apply.)

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An OS X keyboard shortcut reference
Authored by: sjmills on Apr 23, '05 12:18:58AM
Here's a compilation that's been going for quite a while, by a guy I know. It's not just OSX, but old systems too.

Dave's Picks

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An OS X keyboard shortcut reference
Authored by: cynikal on Apr 23, '05 01:24:19PM

No fancy document, just a collection of keystrokes i've acquired over the years..

as a matter of fact, every person i convert to the mac (there've been dozens) since i converted myself, this is the first thing i put on their mac.. most people seem to not really care and either don't read it or eventually delete it.. it's a breathe of fresh air for a new mac user to actually want to know this kind of stuff..

so without further adieu.. here's my list.. it has most of the stuff other people's have, plus a few that most people don't know about..

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List of keystrokes to help you get the most out of your mac

# application switching keystrokes
opt+click on icon (of running app) in dock = hide app in front of app clicked on dock
opt+click inside app window = hide app in front of app click on
opt+cmd+click on dock icon = hide all other apps
opt+cmd+click inside app window = hide all other apps

# dialog specific keystrokes
cmd+d (in open dialog) = open desktop
cmd+d (in save/discard/cancel dialog) = discard

# mac controlling keystrokes
cmd+e = eject media (only useful during/after start up chime)
cmd+opt+eject = sleep
cmd+ctrl+eject = graceful restart
cmd+opt+ctrl+eject = graceful shutdown
cmd+ctrl+power = immediate restart (dangerous, should only be used if your system is frozen though we know how rare that is)

# navigational keystrokes
opt+scrollbar = jump to exact scrollbar location
opt+scrollbar arrows = scroll page at a time (page up/down)

# window manipulation keystrokes
cmd+expose command = slow motion expose
shift+minimize button = slow motion minimize (works in un-minimize direction too)
opt+minimize button = minimize all windows (of current app)
opt+close button = closes all windows (of current app)
cmd+drag on title bar = move any window around without changing focus to it first

# general, yet essential app keystrokes
cmd+q = quit
cmd+o = open file
cmd+i = get info (on current selected object/file/dir)
cmd+n = new window/document
cmd+s = save
cmd+m = minimize
cmd+h = hide app (ctrl+cmd+h in photoshop since cmd+h is reserved)
cmd+opt+h = hide OTHER apps (useful to show desktop if you cmd+tab to finder first - thanks go to Zeca Moraes)

# app switching keystrokes
cmd+tab = toggle back to previous app
cmd+tab then q (while still holding cmd) = close other app (w/o switching to it)
cmd+tab then h (while still holding cmd) = hide other app (w/o switching to it)

# screen shots
cmd+shift+3 = take a screenshot (at any time) of the entire screen
cmd+shift+4 = draw selection for a screenshot

# finder specific keystrokes
cmd+down = open
cmd+up = up to parent dir (cd ..)
cmd+double-click folder icon = open in new window
opt+drag file/folder = explicit copy (when it may possibly move instead if destation and source are on same volume)
cmd+drag file/folder = explicit move (when it may possibly move instead if destation and source are on different volume)
cmd+opt+drag file/folder = create link
cmd+i = get info (on current selected object/file/dir)
cmd+shift+A = open Application Folder
cmd+shift+U = open Utility Folder
cmd+shift+H = open Home Folder
cmd+shift+G = go to DIR (in tiger, in a dialog box, beginning a filename with a / does the same)
cmd+shift+N = create new folder and name it something
cmd+shift+K = go to network
cmd+k = connect to server (tiger now has servers in recent items menu in apple menu)
cmd+~ = cycle window (including desktop)

# dock specific keystrokes
cmd+drag (to/through dock) = keeps icons on dock from moving "out of the way" (useful for when dragging stuff to trash)
cmd+opt+d = hide/show dock (should work while in any app)

# terminal (something i use a lot of) specific keystroke
cmd+double-click on a URL in Terminal = url grab / open in default browser (way cool for text-based chat channels :-)
cmd+opt+shift+s = save selected text
cmd+left/right arrow = switch windows
cmd+1 or 2 or 3.. = switch to 1st, 2nd, 3rd, etc window

--------- this list put together by cynikal.. for more corrections and contributions, please email me at cynikal@cynikal.net
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An OS X keyboard shortcut reference
Authored by: qwerty denzel on Apr 26, '05 07:56:40AM

Also, useless, I know, but it's not there: Control+Eject = bring up shutdown panel.



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Fixing "top of box" in Firefox
Authored by: Juneappal on Apr 24, '05 02:50:41PM

Some browsers have the very pleasant up-arrow=front of input box, right-arrow=end of input box. Firefox does not. Does anyone know how to fix this?

To see what I mean, put your cursor at the end of a URL in firefox and press up-arrow. Or the end of the search box at macosxhints.com. Now try it in Safari or iCab.



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Fixing "top of box" in Firefox
Authored by: thombo on Jun 02, '05 08:48:24PM

randomly saw your post when searching for something else, i didnt read the whole thread so dont know if this was mentioned earlier, but Command+Left or Right will bring you to the beginning/end of a single line input box, a line in word processing, etc.

thombo



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Cocoa TextEntry
Authored by: lee1 on Apr 25, '05 12:01:33PM
There is another layer of shortcuts built in to the text entry system; many of these are the same as traditional emacs control codes: ^e for eol, etc. If you install TextExtras (as you should) you get a bunch more that you can redefine and add to: option-l to select the current line, etc. --- Lee Phillips

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An OS X keyboard shortcut reference
Authored by: mikecosterus on Jan 25, '06 02:07:51PM
I made a Mac OSX Keyboard Shortcuts Quick Reference.pdf for all of you guys (and for me sure)...

LINK:

http://www.costerus.at/mac/Mac%20OSX%20Keyboard%20Shortcuts%20Quick%20Reference.pdf

It is a Modified Compilation from the Apple Human Interface Guidelines, found at:

http://developer.apple.com/documentation/UserExperience/Conceptual/OSXHIGuidelines/XHIGKeyboardShortcuts/chapter_20_section_1.html

Cheers,

MIKE

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