MacBook Tips and Tricks

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by shakerbaby, Oct 14, 2006.

  1. shakerbaby macrumors regular

    Oct 5, 2006
    Okay I am new to Macs and am impressed so far that I wont be going back to PC's however I need help in learn some of the key combinations. :eek:

    For example I loved the Ctrl+Alt+Command+8 tip I read recently. :cool:

    Spill the beans, impress me more. What other ones are there? :confused:
  2. Willehard macrumors newbie


    Apr 10, 2006
    Hold down ctrl and scroll with your trackpad or mouse
  3. TaylorB macrumors regular

    Oct 13, 2006
    I found that holding the Apple (clover looking thing) key, shift and then pressing 3 at the top takes a full screenshot. Then if you do the same thing, except press 4 at the top you can either drag and make your own sized picture, or you can get a window up and press spacebar to take a picture of that. I find those very useful.
  4. shakerbaby thread starter macrumors regular

    Oct 5, 2006
    Thanks guys this is the type of stuff I want to learn, however I cant get the hold down Ctrl and use the trackpad to scroll one working. :confused:
  5. TaylorB macrumors regular

    Oct 13, 2006
    To scroll using the track pad you place two fingers on the pad at once and then move them in whatever direction you want to scroll. If you hold control while doing it, you zoom in.
  6. shakerbaby thread starter macrumors regular

    Oct 5, 2006
    Nice one. Cheers :D
  7. TaylorB macrumors regular

    Oct 13, 2006
    I'm glad you like it. It is definitely one of my top 5 shortcuts. :)
  8. frome macrumors member


    May 20, 2005
    Queensland, Australia
    Other cool ones include holding shift when minimizing windows, opening dashboard, closing a widget and when using expose. Also in dashboard press apple-r and the selected widget will do a swirl and reload...:D
  9. shakerbaby thread starter macrumors regular

    Oct 5, 2006
    Cool :cool:

    Cant get the apple-r one to work though. Do you mean hold down the command key and r? :eek:
  10. Egaas macrumors newbie

    Oct 9, 2006
    Get Quicksilver. It can do so many keyboard shortcuts easily, that's all the tricks you need.
  11. 1=1? macrumors regular


    Jun 1, 2010
    More things like this please.
  12. Dockmasterlynn macrumors newbie

    Apr 3, 2009
    Macbook tricks and short cuts

    How do you make the open web page when closing go back to the safari icon and not on the doc?

    Macbook pro 17
  13. i.phone4 macrumors member

    Jun 15, 2010
    using 4 fingers on the trackpad swipe up, down, right, left. three finger swipe right or left will show the previous/next page in safari.
  14. letswastetime macrumors regular

    Feb 11, 2007
    It is a setting you can change in system preferences, under dock.
  15. RockPortTech macrumors regular

    Mar 10, 2011
    South Texas
    Thank you so much, as a new Mac user but longtime Windows user they come in handy.
  16. marmitelover macrumors newbie

    Dec 25, 2011
    Command-A = Select all items in the front Finder window (or desktop if no window is open)
    Option-Command-A = Deselect all items
    Shift-Command-A = Open the Applications folder
    Command-C = Copy selected item/text to the Clipboard
    Shift-Command-C = Open the Computer window
    Command-D = Duplicate selected item
    Shift-Command-D = Open desktop folder
    Command-E = Eject
    Command-F = Find any matching Spotlight attribute
    Shift-Command-F = Find Spotlight file name matches
    Option-Command-F = Navigate to the search field in an already-open Spotlight window
    Shift-Command-G = Go to Folder
    Shift-Command-H = Open the Home folder of the currently logged-in user account
    Command-I = Get Info
    Option-Command-I = Show Inspector
    Control-Command-I = Get Summary Info
    Shift-Command-I = Open iDisk
    Command-J = Show View Options
    Command-K = Connect to Server
    Shift-Command-K = Open Network window
    Command-L = Make alias of the selected item
    Command-M = Minimize window
    Option-Command-M = Minimize all windows
    Command-N = New Finder window
    Shift-Command-N = New folder
    Option-Command-N = New Smart Folder
    Command-O = Open selected item
    Shift-Command-Q = Log Out
    Option-Shift-Command-Q = Log Out immediately
    Command-R = Show original (of alias)
    Command-T = Add to Sidebar
    Shift-Command-T = Add to Favorites
    Option-Command-T = Hide Toolbar / Show Toolbar in Finder windows
    Shift-Command-U = Open Utilities folder
    Command-V = Paste
    Command-W = Close window
    Option-Command-W = Close all windows
    Command-X = Cut
    Option-Command-Y = Slideshow (Mac OS X 10.5 or later)
    Command-Z = Undo / Redo
    Command-1 = View as Icon
    Command-2 = View as List
    Command-3 = View as Columns
    Command-4 = View as Cover Flow (Mac OS X 10.5 or later)
    Command- "," (the comma key) = Open Finder preferences
    Command-` (the apostrophe key) = Cycle through open Finder windows
    Command-Shift-? = Open Mac Help
    0ption-Shift-Command-Esc (hold for three seconds) - Mac OS X v10.5, v10.6 or later only = Force Quit front-most application
    Command-[ = Back
    Command-] = Forward
    Command-Up Arrow = Open enclosed folder
    Control-Command-Up Arrow = Open enclosed folder in a new window
    Command-Down Arrow = Open highlighted item
    Command-Tab = Switch application--cycle forward
    Shift-Command-Tab = Switch application--cycle backward
    Command-Delete = Move to Trash
    Shift-Command-Delete = Empty Trash
    Option-Shift-Command-Delete = Empty Trash without confirmation dialog
    Spacebar (or Command-Y) = Quick Look (Mac OS X 10.5 or later)
    Command key while dragging = Move dragged item to other volume/location (pointer icon changes while key is held--see this article)
    Option key while dragging = Copy dragged item (pointer icon changes while key is held--see this article)
    Option-Command key combination while dragging = Make alias of dragged item (pointer icon changes while key is held--see this article)

    may be a little confusing sorry but that isn't even all of them!

  17. cgaw macrumors newbie

    Dec 11, 2012

    Command-S: Save
    Command-Q: Quit
    Command-P: Print
    Command-C: Copy
    Command-V: Paste
    Command N: New Window
    You could find others at System Preferences-Keyboard-Keyboard Shortcuts.:)
    Macbook Air 11'', 1.4 GHz, 2GB RAM, 64GB
    iMac 27'', 2.9 GHz, 4GB RAM, 1TB
    iPad 2, 32GB
    iPod Touch 4, 32GB
  18. AirThis macrumors 6502a

    Mar 6, 2012
    Some terminal commands you might (or not...) enjoy. These are all case sensitive.

    Configure Dock with no glass reflections

    To put it back:

    Show/unshow hidden folders in Mac

    Show hidden folders:

    Hide hidden folders:

    View settings related to sleep

    You can also change these settings. For more detailed info, search MacRumors

    Names of all Mac Apps using an open network socket with IPaddress/DNS name where they are connected

    Please note that the IP addresses given are REVERSED (i.e. would be expressed as

    List of tcp sockets that your Mac is using (destination address on right)

    Precise amount of time since the system last booted (including sleep):

    To see the free disk space for all mounted Volumes (including Time Capsule) attached to your system:

    To open Itunes (or anything else) from the command line

    In similar fashion, to open iPhoto:

    For non-Apple programs, it's a bit more complicated. You need to give the App's full path as an argument:

    For the above command with Word, you're probably wondering how to guess where to put the spaces and backslashes. There's a trick:

    Type "open /App" (without quotes) and then hit <tab>. You will be presented with:

    "open /Applications/"

    Append the letters "Mic" and hit <tab>. You will be presented with:

    "open /Applications/Microsoft\ Office\ 2011/"

    Append the letters "Mic" and hit <tab>. You will be presented with:

    "open /Applications/Microsoft\ Office\ 2011/Microsoft\ "

    Append the letters "Wo" and hit <tab>. You will be presented with:

    "open /Applications/Microsoft\ Office\ 2011/Microsoft\"

    Now hit enter. Word will start.

    To kill Word from the command line

    To see all the commands you typed


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