Apple Mac Keyboard Shortcuts

By Alasdair Lumsden on 9 May 2010

With my trusty Dell XPS M1330 is on its last legs, I decided to get with the times and buy a MacBook Pro 13″. I’m very, very happy with it. However switching from the PC there were a few main keyboard shortcuts I struggled to find until I asked around/googled. For the benefits of others they are:

PC: ctrl-shift-left/rightMac: alt-shift-left/rightSelects whole words, useful when deleting the last few words you typed

PC: Page Down KeyMac: Fn-Down

Useful: Apple – ~Cycle between windows of same app

Gosh I felt there were more than these. May add more to this as I figure them out :-)

Update: I also found that you can make dialogue box widgets tabble onto (OK/Cancel buttons etc) by doing: System Preferences —> Keyboard —> Keyboard Shortcuts and at the bottom of the page, click on the All controls radio button. Very handy.

Also Ben Summers helpfully recommended a useful tool called Alfred which I’d recommend checking out – helps you quickly launch things by hitting alt-spacebar.