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.

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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


Taking screenshots

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.

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