OS X shortcuts for a Windows power user

alexmsft

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Hey everyone, I've recently switched over to a MacBook Air (running Mountain Lion) from Windows and for the most part I've got the hang of the keyboard shortcuts but there are a few I haven't found yet. Can anyone point out what these are in OS X?

  • In Safari, complete the url I type (i.e. add '.com' to the end and go). In Windows this is usually Control+Enter.
  • Maximize a Window. Windows + Up in Windows.
  • Navigate back in Safari. In Windows, this is Backspace.
  • Navigate up or back in Finder. In Windows Explorer that's Alt + Up, Alt + Left Arrow

Thanks guys! Loving the experience so far! :D
 
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smirk

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Navigate back in Safari. In Windows, this is Backspace.
You can either use Command+[ and Command+] to navigate back and forward, or gestures on your trackpad. I don't have a trackpad, but I think it is a two-fingered swipe left and right (check the trackpad system preferences for the gesture to use).

Navigate up or back in Finder. In Windows Explorer that's Alt + Up, Alt + Left Arrow.
Same keys or gestures to move back and forward in Finder as in Safari. To go up a folder level, use Command+up arrow.

Also, refer to this: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1343
 

alexmsft

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Hmm, thanks smirk for those. Looks like that list doesn't have one though for maximizing a window or for the Safari .com auto-complete.
The .com auto-complete is probably the more important one, I realize most people just search for sites instead of entering actual URLs, but I prefer skipping the search engine when I know the URL.
 

chown33

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The .com auto-complete is probably the more important one, I realize most people just search for sites instead of entering actual URLs, but I prefer skipping the search engine when I know the URL.
Simply omit the ".com" then. I don't think I've actually typed ".com" into the address-bar in years.

Examples I just tried, that all worked without typing ".com":
macrumors
google
example
macintouch
arstechnica
apple
amazon

And the last time I used a Windows browser, I didn't type ".com" either.
 

smirk

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Yep, same here -- I can't remember the last time I typed in ".com" on a URL in Safari. Safari automatically adds the ".com" if needed. However, if you use OpenDNS as your DNS server then I think this no longer works and you'll have to key in the ".com".
 

x86isslow

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Hmm, thanks smirk for those. Looks like that list doesn't have one though for maximizing a window or for the Safari .com auto-complete.
The .com auto-complete is probably the more important one, I realize most people just search for sites instead of entering actual URLs, but I prefer skipping the search engine when I know the URL.
Maximize window is control-command-f
 

alexmsft

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Aug 28, 2012
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Simply omit the ".com" then. I don't think I've actually typed ".com" into the address-bar in years.

Examples I just tried, that all worked without typing ".com":
macrumors
google
example
macintouch
arstechnica
apple
amazon

And the last time I used a Windows browser, I didn't type ".com" either.
Thanks for the reply, for me, typing a URL and hitting enter in the Safari combined Search+Address bar just does goes to the search engine, unless I've already visited the site once, in which case it might automatically choose the right url from the drop down. I tried all the urls you mentioned with the same result. This behavior isn't what I'm looking for. I don't want to go the search engine at all, I want to explicitly type the name of the url and hit some key combination to have it automatically add the .com to it (and nothing else. just .com) and go.
I use this all the time in Windows (Ctrl+Enter), it lets me save time by skipping the search engine when I already know where I want to go and also saves me from typing .com every time.
Looks like this might not be possible in this version of Safari. I know it was possible in the previous version by hitting Ctrl+Enter or Command+Enter or some such combination.