Mac Keyboard Shortcuts?

Discussion in 'General Mac Discussion' started by passthejonch, Aug 3, 2003.

  1. passthejonch macrumors member

    Jul 23, 2003
    where can i find a link to a bunch of mac short cuts kinda like those on a pc

    im new to the mac world

    things like ctrl + v for paste
    and alt + tab to minimize

    right now i need to learn how to minimize big applications on macs and copy and paste using the keyboard
  2. P-Worm macrumors 68020


    Jul 16, 2002
    Salt Lake City, UT
    The keyboard shortcuts are in the menu next to it's action. I don't know minimize, but copy is apple-c and paste is apple-v. Usually they are the same as Windows, just Apple instead of Control.

  3. Schiffi macrumors 6502a


    May 22, 2003
    Cmd(apple)+M for minimize, however, most people use Cmd+H for hide.
  4. dbally macrumors member

    Jul 27, 2003
    thank you skymaXimus . . .

    I'll finally be switching tomorrow and have had the same concerns as passthejonch . . . I'd like the transition to go smoothly and the shortcuts should help immensely, thank you for the link. :)
  5. passthejonch thread starter macrumors member

    Jul 23, 2003
    ok im playing the sims on the mac

    but command + m and command + h won't work

  6. PB180 macrumors newbie

    Jan 7, 2002
    Just like on a PC, not all applications follow the rules quite right...

    The biggest offenders tend to be games and pro apps, probably because both have lots of special shortcuts of their own. In addition, many programs which were first made in the days before OS X have carried forward many shortcuts which don't fit in now.

    Certainly a nice thing you'll find is that if there is a keyboard shortcut for something, 99% of the time it will be clearly printed next to the name of the command.

    Welcome to the Mac!
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    Staff Member

    Dec 7, 2002
    New Zealand
  8. tjwett macrumors 68000


    May 6, 2002
    Brooklyn, NYC
    a lot of commands are the same for Win and Mac, even in the OS. just use cmnd(Apple button) instead of ctrl.
  9. passthejonch thread starter macrumors member

    Jul 23, 2003
    ok cmd + p worked

    one more question

    how do i take screenshots of my desktop?
    and what program do you use to save it as a file?
  10. bobindashadows macrumors 6502

    Mar 16, 2002
    Are you on OS X? I'll assume so.

    If you press Command-Shift-3, it will automatically take a picture of your entire screen, and save it to a PDF file on your desktop entitled "Picture 1". If there already is a picture 1, it'll name it "Picture 2", or "Picture 3", and so on and so forth.

    If you want to take a picture of a small portion of your screen, press Command-Shift-4. A little targetting crosshair will show up. Now you can either click and drag a selection, and that will save just that section to your desktop, or you can take a picture of just a certain window on your screen. To do that, press the space bar while the targeting cursor is still there. It'll turn into a camera, and when you point it at a window (or menu bar), it will give it a blue tint, meaning if you were to click, it will take a picture of all that is tinted. Give it a try on a few windows and such to familiarize. It's quite nifty-keen.

    [edit] Oh, and many, many games will not let you command-tab out of them. It really, really gets on my nerves. They usually have a window mode that you can use, though.[/edit]
  11. benixau macrumors 65816


    Oct 9, 2002
    Sydney, Australia
    In the sims - to get to the windowed mode you have to edit the preferences. Thats what i had to do. Kept crashing otherwise.
    I wold tell you how but there are plenty of other threads on editiong preferences files - just *gasp* search and ye shall find.

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