5 macOS Shortcuts You Need to Know
I love my MacBook, and I'm always looking for new shortcuts to make my everyday experience even more pleasant and productive. Here's a selection of five shortcuts I discovered which I don't want to miss anymore.
#1 Moving Files in Finder
For the longest time, I was under the impression that Finder just didn't offer any shortcut for cutting (or moving) files rather than copying them. I intuitively tried
CMD+X when I first started using Mac OS X, but obviously that didn't work.
Just recently, I found out that it is possible after all and that I simply looked in the wrong place. Rather than using a different shortcut when cutting files, you need to use a different shortcut when pasting them. If you hit
ALT+CMD+V instead of just
CMD+V, Finder won't copy the selected files to the target location, but move them there. Cut and paste does exist, after all!
#2 Screenshotting a Single Window
You probably know that you can take a screenshot of the entire screen by pressing
CMD+SHIFT+3, and you possibly know as well that you can capture a rectangular area using
CMD+SHIFT+4. Now try pressing
CMD+SHIFT+4 to take a screenshot of a selected window:
Note that the result is a clean and pretty screenshot which even includes the window chrome and its drop shadow.
#3 Cycling Through Application Windows
I'm sure you know that you can cycle through your open applications using
CMD+TAB. If an application has multiple open windows, however, they'll be grouped and you won't cycle through every single one of them. This is usually a good thing when navigating between different applications.
In case you do want to cycle through all open windows of the current application, you can use the
CMD+` (command + backtick) shortcut instead. This is especially helpful for window-heavy applications like Finder. And just as with
CMD+TAB, you can reverse the cycling direction by additionally pressing the
#4 Fine-Grained Volume Control
Sometimes, I just don't find the perfect volume for my music because the steps of the volume control keys just aren't fine-grained enough.
Recently, I found out that pressing
ALT+SHIFT in addition to the
F12 keys decreases the step to one fourth of the usual amount. Try it out, you'll have a lot more fine control over your volume level!
#5 Interacting with Inactive Windows
This last shortcut is one I don't use as much as the others, but it definitely comes in handy from time to time. If you want to to interact with an inactive window without losing focus of the currently active one, you can hold down
CMD while clicking on the inactive window.
I usually do this when I need to switch to a different browser tab in the background or when I want to pause media playback without leaving my active window.