Once you get used to them, keyboard shortcuts are a great way to cut down on the time it takes to type, as well as reducing the stress of repetitive actions. Here are some of the dozens which would be more useful for writers. I have never owned a mac, so this post is just a companion post to the keyboard shortcuts for windows taken from various sources off of the internet.

Symbols seen on Mac menus and non-US Apple keyboards, with their common names

 

  • Command + ? – Help
  • Command + ; – Check spelling
  • Command + A – Select all
  • Command + C – Copy
  • Command + D – Duplicate
  • Command +  F – Find
  • Command + O – Open
  • Command + P – Print
  • Command + Q – Quit
  • Command + S – Save
  • Command + V – Paste
  • Option + Delete – Back delete one word
  • Shift + Option + Delete – Forward delete one word
  • Option + Up Arrow – Move up one paragraph
  • Option + Down Arrow – Move down one paragraph
  • Command + Up Arrow – Move to beginning of all text
  • Command + Down Arrow – Move to end of all text
  • Command + Right Arrow – Move to the end of the current line
  • Command + Left Arrow – Move to the beginning of the current line
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