Basics: Keyboard shortcuts
To use a keyboard shortcut, press a modifier key at the same time as a character key. For example, pressing the Command key (it has a ⌘ symbol) and then (+) the “c” key copies whatever is currently selected to the Clipboard. This is also known as the Command (+) C keyboard shortcut. You can see the keys that map to many shortcuts by looking in an app’s menus.
Cut, copy and paste
You can use these shortcuts in most apps to cut, copy, or paste a selected item.
Command (+) C: Copy the selected data to the Clipboard
Command (+) X: Remove the selected item and place a copy on the Clipboard
Command (+) V: Place a copy of (paste) the Clipboard contents into the current document or app
Use these shortcuts to take a picture of what you see on your screen. These will automatically save to your desktop.
Command (+) Shift (+) 3: Capture the screen to a file
Command (+) Shift (+) Control (+) 3: Capture the screen to the Clipboard
Command (+) Shift (+) 4: Capture a selection of the screen to a file, or press the spacebar to capture just a window
Command (+) Shift (+) Control (+) 4: Capture a selection of the screen to the Clipboard, or press the spacebar to just capture a window
Other keyboard shortcuts
Visit Apple Support for more shortcuts to improve your Mac experience.