Keyboard shortcuts on the new MBA?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by lina231, Aug 12, 2013.

  1. lina231 macrumors regular

    Aug 7, 2013
    I am a new MBA user and am having a hard time with the keyboard shortcuts. I have had experience with using a Mac but I myself have owned a PC for the past 10 years. Bottom line is im having trouble figuring out what the shortcuts are (especially because of the command button).

    I just wanted to know:
    -What are the most useful keyboard shortcuts that you use?
    -Are all shortcuts used with the command button?
    -Can I make my own short cuts?
    -How the hell do I copy and past using the keyboard shortcuts!:mad:

  2. ebel3003 macrumors 6502a


    Jun 20, 2007
    "The Google"
    For the most part, keyboard shortcuts are relatively the same on both platforms. Rather than using the control key however, you'll be using the command key for the majority of your shortcuts, with the exception of the ones that you make. Your best bet is going to be to look at what the combinations are under each application's respective menu. You can create your own shortcuts under the keyboard pane in system preferences.
  3. APlotdevice, Aug 12, 2013
    Last edited: Aug 12, 2013

    APlotdevice macrumors 68040


    Sep 3, 2011
    Option+Screen Brightness down OR up = Open Display Preferences
    Option+ Key Brightness down OR up = Open Keyboard Preferences
    Option+ Mute/Volume Down OR up = Open Sound Preferences
    Command+Shift+3 = Capture screen and save to desktop*
    Command+Shift+4 = Capture selected area and save to desktop
    fn+Delete = Forward delete
    fn+left/right arrow = Home and end
    fn+up/down arrow = Page up/down
    fn+fn (double tap) = Start voice dictation

    *If you wish to save screen to the clipboard, as the "Prt Src" button does in Windows, the default shortcut is Command+Control+Shift+3. You can also save a selected area of the screen to the clipboard by substituting 3 with 4.

    For the most part you do just replace control with command. So copy and paste are Command+C and Command+V, respectively.

    Yes! Just go into System Preferences > Keyboard > Keyboard Shortcuts.
  4. flynz4 macrumors 68040

    Aug 9, 2009
    Portland, OR
    Paste is Command+V. Command+P is print.

  5. APlotdevice macrumors 68040


    Sep 3, 2011
    Oops, you're absolutely correct. I spaced out on that one. :eek:
  6. Macneck macrumors regular


    Oct 17, 2012
    For me, after ages with PCs and today using both systems, it was no big deal. In fact, like it's been already said, many times just change the CTRL key for the Command and there you go with copy, paste or cut, for instance.

    Do you want a real challenge? Try to drive backwards with a car that has the wheel on the other side! :)
  7. Serrat macrumors newbie

    Jun 13, 2013
    Oslo, Norway
    You can use this Cheat Sheet tool in order to bring up all the shortcuts in the currently active application. I found it on MacRumors yesterday, and it works great.
  8. lina231 thread starter macrumors regular

    Aug 7, 2013
    Thanks guys! All of your posts have been extremely helpful!


    I think i'll pass on that! I'm not that great of a driver to begin with! haha

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