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Keyboard Control

    The inside cover of Mac OS X Power Tools contains a list of selected keyboard shorcuts in OS X. Below is a more complete list, divided into sections based on where they are applicable. For mouse/keyboard actions, check out the “Modified Mousing” link to the left. (Letter keys are printed here in CAPS for clarity — you do not need to press the shift key unless explicitly instructed.) (NOTE: This page is in the process of being updated for full Panther compatibility.)

Startup and Login (see Chapter 3)

    command+option+O+F Invoke Open Firmware
    command+option+P+R Reset PRAM
    T Startup in FireWire Target Disk Mode
    option Invoke Startup Manager
    command+S Invoke single-user mode
    command+V Invoke verbose mode
    C Boot from CD/DVD
    X Boot into OS X (if you previously booted from OS 9 on the same volume)
    shift (immediately at startup) Safe boot
    shift (after boot screen, until login screen) Override auto-login
    shift (after login screen) Safe login
    option+escape, then click on a user Present name/password login dialog instead of list of users

System-wide (various chapters)

    option+volume up/down/mute Open Sound preferences
    option+brightness up/down Open Display preferences
    command+space Cycle through active keyboard layouts/scripts
    F12 Eject CD/DVD drive (hold down for two seconds)
    return or enter Select default button in dialog (OK, Open, Save, etc.)
    escape or command+. Exit/cancel dialog
    command+shift+Q Log out
    command+option+shift+Q Log out without confirmation dialog
    power button (laptops) or control+eject (desktops) Bring up Restart/Sleep/Shut Down dialog
    command+option+eject (desktops) Sleep computer immediately
    command+option+escape Bring up Force Quit window
    command+control+eject (desktops) Restart immediately (chance to save changes in open documents)
    command+option+control+eject (desktops) or
    command+option+control+power (laptops)
    Shutdown immediately (chance to save changes in open documents)
    command+control+power button Force restart (no chance to save changes in open documents)
    hold power button Force shutdown (no chance to save changes in open documents)

Universal Access (must be enabled in Universal Access preferences) (see Chapter 3)

    command+option+8 Toggle zoom (screen magnification) on/off
    command+option+= Zoom in
    command+option+- Zoom out
    command+option+control+8 Toggle display inversion (white-on-black) on/off
    shift (five times) Toggle Sticky Keys on/off
    option (five times) Toggle Mouse Keys on/off

Full Keyboard Access (see Chapter 3)

    control+F1 Toggle Full Keyboard Access on/off
    control+F2 (or control+M) Focus keyboard control on menu bar
    control+F3 (or control+D) Focus keyboard control on Dock
    control+F4 (or control+W) Focus keyboard control on active Window or cycle to next window
    control+F5 (or control+T) Focus keyboard control on toolbar
    control+F6 (or control+U) Focus keyboard control on palette (utility window)
    control+F7 In windows and dialogs, switch focus to text boxes/lists/controls
    arrow keys Navigate active item
    return, enter, or spacebar Select highlighted item
    return or enter Select default dialog control (OK, Yes, No, Save, Open, etc.)
    escape Cancel action, menu, or dialog

Finder: General (see Chapter 5)

    command+J Open View Options
    command+shift+delete Empty Trash (with confirmation dialog)
    command+option+shift+delete Empty Trash (without confirmation dialog)
    command+F Bring up Find dialog
    command+K Bring up Connect to Server dialog

Finder: Files and Folders (see Chapter 5)

    command+shift+N New Folder in active Finder window (including the Desktop)
    arrow keys Navigate items in active Finder window
    tab/shift+tab Select next/previous file or folder (alphabetically)
    type name of file/folder Select that file/folder
    return Edit file/folder name
    command+O Open selected item(s)
    command+I Open Get Info window for selected item(s)
    command+option+I Open File Inspector window
    command+D Duplicate selected item(s)
    command+L Create alias(es) for selected item(s)
    command+R (for aliases) Show target of selected alias (“reveal original”)
    command+T Add selected item(s) to Favorites (creates alias in Favorites folder)
    command+delete Move selected item(s) to Trash
    command+down arrow Open item(s); add option key to close current folder
    command+up arrow Switch to enclosing folder (if no windows are open, opens new window to Home); add option key to close current folder
    option+right arrow/left arrow (folders in list view) Toggle disclosure triangle for selected folder(s) open/closed
    command+option+right arrow/left arrow (folders in list view) Toggle disclosure triangle for all folder(s) open/closed

Finder: Windows (see Chapter 5; Application shortcuts, listed below, also apply to the Finder)

    command+N New Finder window
    command+1/2/3 View active window as Icons/List/Columns
    control+tab or control+I (in list view) Change column sorting; cycles columns left to right (add shift key to cycle right to left)
    command+B Show/hide window toolbar for active window
    command+shift+C/H/I/A/F Go to Computer / Home / iDisk / Applications / Favorites in active window (a new window will be opened if necessary)
    command+shift+G Bring up “Go to Folder” dialog in active window (a new window will be opened if necessary)
    command+[ or command+] Go back or forward in window view history
    command+W Close active Finder window
    command+option+W Close all Finder windows

Finder: Volumes/Media (see Chapter 5)

    command+E Eject volume/disc

Open/Save Dialog Shortcuts (see Chapter 5)

    tab Switch between browser and text fields
    arrow keys, page up/down Navigate in browser
    command+N Create new folder in the current directory
    command+D Change directory to Desktop
    command+shift+A Change directory to /Applications
    command+shift+C Change directory to Computer view (list of volumes)
    command+shift+F Change directory to Favorites folder
    command+shift+H Change directory to Home folder
    command+shift+I Change directory to iDisk (mounts iDisk if necessary)

Dock (see Chapter 6)

    command+option+D Toggle Dock auto-hide on/off
    command+tab Cycle through active applications; each tab press while holding command changes the application once. Add the shift key to cycle backwards. As long as you keep the command key pressed, you can also quit or hide applications as you cycle through them.

Applications, including the Finder (see Chapters 6 and 7)

    command+H Hide current application
    command+option+H Hide all other applications
    command+M Minimize active window to the Dock
    command+option+M Minimize all windows in active application to the Dock
    command+` Cycle through current application’s windows (add the shift to cycle backwards)
    command+, Open application preferences dialog (not universal yet, but becoming more common)

Screenshot (see Chapter 7)

(By default, screenshots are saved to the Desktop in PDF format; add the control key to any of the combinations below to copy the screenshot to the clipboard instead; you can then paste it into any graphics application — such as OS X’s Preview — and save it in any format you prefer.)
    command+shift+3 Full screenshot
    command+shift+4 Crosshair to allow selection of screenshot area
    command+shift+4, then spacebar Camera to capture specific screen object

Text-related shortcuts in Cocoa applications (see Chapter 7)



    in Terminal for complete list (in the list, ^ means the control key).

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