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Jan 22, 2006, 11:29 AM
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Link: Navigate through the dock, menu bar, and open windows with your keyboard (http://www.macbytes.com/link.php?sid=20060122122910)
Description:: This series of key commands can give you total control of the key parts of Mac OS X: the dock and the menu bar, and the ability to cycle through all open windows.

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Jan 22, 2006, 12:08 PM
Nifty. Although it's not as ergonomical as using cmd - *. The hand position is a lot worse using ctrl-f2 than cmd-f2 for example.
And the ctrl-f8 is useless if you have keyboard shortcuts set up to zoom with f8/f7 as I, and a lot of others, do. Not that I really use the right hand side of the menu bar all that often, apart from Spotlight which is cmd-space anyway.
Always useful to have a few more keyboard tips.

Jan 22, 2006, 01:38 PM
found this a while ago, cant remember where?

"Press X during startup" = Force Mac OS X startup
"Press Option-Command-Shift-Delete during startup" = Bypass primary startup volume and seek a different startup volume (such as a CD or external disk)
"Press C during startup" = Start up from a CD that has a system folder
"Press N during startup" = Attempt to start up from a compatible network server (NetBoot)
"Press T during startup" = Start up in FireWire Target Disk mode
"Press Shift during startup" = start up in Safe Boot mode and temporarily disable login items and non-essential kernel extension files (Mac OS X 10.2 and later)
"Press Command-V during startup" = Start up in Verbose mode
"Press Command-S during startup" = Start up in Single-User mode

Finder window
"Command-W" = Close Window
"Option-Command-W" = Close all Windows
"Command-Right Arrow" = Expand folder (list view)
"Option-Command-Right Arrow" = Expand folder and nested subfolders (list view)
"Command-Left Arrow" = Collapse Folder (list view)
"Option-Command-Up Arrow" = Open parent folder and close current window

Menu Commands
"Shift-Command-Q" = Apple Menu Log out
"Shift-Option-Command-Q" = Apple Menu Log out immediately
"Shift-Command-Delete" = Finder Menu Empty Trash
"Option-Shift-Command-Delete" = Finder Menu Empty Trash without dialog
"Command-H" = Finder Menu Hide Finder
"Option-Command-H" = Finder Menu Hide Others
"Command-N" = File Menu New Finder window
"Shift-Command-N" = File Menu New Folder
"Command-O" = File Menu Open
"Command-S" = File Menu Save
"Shift-Command-S" = File Menu Save as
"Command-P" = File Menu Print
"Command-W" = File Menu Close Window
"Option-Command-W" = File Menu Close all Windows
"Command-I" = File Menu Get Info
"Option-Command-I" = File Menu Show Attributes Inspector
"Command-D" = File Menu Duplicate
"Command-L" = File Menu Make Alias
"Command-R" = File Menu Show original
"Command-T" = File Menu Add to Favorites
"Command-Delete" = File Menu Move to Trash
"Command-E" = File Menu Eject
"Command-F" = File Menu Find
"Command-Z" = Edit Menu Undo
"Command-X" = Edit Menu Cut
"Command-C" = Edit Menu Copy
"Command-V" = Edit Menu Paste
"Command-A" = Edit Menu Select All
"Command-1" = View Menu View as Icons
"Command-2" = View Menu View as List
"Command-3" = View Menu View as Columns
"Command-B" = View Menu Hide Toolbar
"Command-J" = View Menu Show View Options
"Command - [" = Go Menu Back
"Command - ]" = Go Menu Forward
"Shift-Command-C" = Go Menu Computer
"Shift-Command-H" = Go Menu Home
"Shift-Command-I" = Go Menu iDisk
"Shift-Command-A" = Go Menu Applications
"Shift-Command-F" = Go Menu Favorites
"Shift-Command-G" = Go Menu Goto Folder
"Command-K" = Go Menu Connect to Server
"Command-M" = Window Menu Minimize Window
"Command-?" = Help Menu Open Mac Help
"Command-Space" = Open Spotlight (Mac OS X 10.4 or later)
"Command-Alt-Space" = Open Spotlight Guide (Mac OS X 10.4 or later)
"F12" = Opens Dashboard (Mac OS X 10.4 or later)

Universal Access and VoiceOver
"Option-Command-* (asterisk)" = Turn on Zoom
"Option-Command-+ (plus)" = Zoom in
"Option-Command-- (minus)" = Zoom out
"Control-Option-Command-* (asterisk)" = Switch to White on Black
"Control-F1" = Turn on Full Keyboard Access?When Full Keyboard Access is turned on, you can use the key combinations listed in the table below from the Finder.
"Control-F2" = Full Keyboard Access Highlight Menu
"Control-F3" = Full Keyboard Access Highlight Dock
"Control-F4" = Full Keyboard Access Highlight Window (active) or next window behind it
"Control-F5" = Full Keyboard Access Highlight Toolbar
"Control-F6" = Full Keyboard Access Highlight Utility window (palette)
"Command-F5 or fn-Command-F5" = Turn VoiceOver on or off (Mac OS X 10.4 or later)
"Control-Option-F8 or fn-Control-Option-F8" = Open VoiceOver Utility (Mac OS X 10.4 or later)
"Control-Option-F7 or fn-Control-option-F7" = Display VoiceOver menu (Mac OS X 10.4 or later)
"Control-Option-; or fn-Control-option-" = Enable/disable VoiceOver Control-Option lock (Mac OS X 10.4 or later)

Mouse Keys
"8" = Move Up
"2" = Move Down
"4" = Move Left
"6" = Move Right
"1, 3, 7, 9" = Move Diagonally
"5" = Press Mouse Button
"0" = Hold Mouse Button
". (period on keypad)" = Release Mouse Button (use after pressing 0)

Other Commands
"Option-Command-D" = Show/Hide Dock
"Command-Tab" = Switch application
"Command-Up Arrow" = Move up one directory
"Command-Down Arrow" = Move down one directory
"Page Up or Control-Up Arrow" = Move up one page
"Page Down or Control-Down Arrow" = Move down one page
"Option-Drag" = Copy to new location
"Option-Command-Drag" = Make alias in new location
"Command-Drag" = Move to new location without copying
"Command-C" = Show Colors palette in application
"Command-T" = Show Font palette in application
"Command-Shift-3" = Take a picture of the screen
"Command-Shift-4" = Take a picture of the selection
"Command-Shift-4, then press Control while selecting" = Take a picture of the screen, place in Clipboard
"Command-Shift-4, then Spacebar" = Take a picture of the selected window
"Option-Command-esc" = Force Quit
"Control-Eject" = Restart, Sleep, Shutdown dialog box
"Control-Command-Eject" = Quit all applications and restart
"Option-Command-Eject or Option-Command-Power" = Sleep
"Command-click window toolbar button (upper right corner)" = Cycle through available views for the window's toolbar (dependant on the nature of the Finder or application window)
"Command-`" = Cycle through windows in application or Finder (if more than one window is open)
"Function-Delete (PowerBook, iBook only)" = Forward Delete (delete the character to the right of your cursor)

in combination with voicer over its good for those who have bad sight.

Jan 22, 2006, 10:31 PM
My most used shortcut has to be Apple-`(~ not ") to cycle through windows in the selected app. That combined with Apple-Tab

Feb 21, 2006, 05:40 PM
FYI, the long list of OS X keyboard shortcuts (listed above) can be found in Apple tech support article 75459, at location


Feb 21, 2006, 08:34 PM
Control - F4 also cycles backwards through the mix if you toss in a Shift key.