Windows Renegades: Keyboard Shortcuts for the Mac OS X
Article by George Norman
On 03 Feb 2009
In our previous Windows Renegades article we covered some of the most common problems a person switching from Windows to Mac might encounter and how to solve them. We briefly mentioned that keyboard shortcuts are called aliases, but we did not go into any in-depth details on what these shortcuts actually are, so a follow up article was in order.

The first thing to keep in mind is that unless you have the pink keyboard for blondes , the differences between the Windows and Mac keyboard are not significant: Ctrl is still in the same place, Windows is replaced by Option (says Ctrl on it and display a squiggly symbol), and Alt is replaced by Command (you can’t miss it since it always display the Apple logo on it). Command offers similar functionality to Ctrl in Windows.

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Here are some of the most used and to my opinion some of the handiest keyboard shortcuts you can employ in Mac OS X. Some of them might look familiar:
- During startup press X to force MAC OS X startup, press Option-Command-Shift-Delete to locate a different startup volume, press C to start up from CD, press N for NetBoot, press Shift for Safe Boot mode.
- Ctrl + Eject to access the Restart/Sleep/shutdown dialog.
- Ctrl + Command + Eject to reboot with no confirmation dialog.
- Ctrl + Command + Shift + Eject to shut down the machine with no confirmation dialog.
- Shift + Command + Q to log out.
- Option + Command + Esc to perform a force quit.
- Command + W to close a window.
- Option + Command + W to close all windows.
- Command + M to minimize a window.
- Control + F4 to highlight a window.
- Command + X/C/V to cut/copy/paste.
- Command + A to select all.
- Command + Left arrow for list view.
- Command + Scroll wheel to zoom in and zoom out. Alternatively you will want to use Option + Command + “+” or “-” (that is the plus sign and the minus sign).
- Command + Option + D to hide the dock and bring it back from hiding.
- Command + ? to access the help menu.
- Shift + Ctrl + Eject to put the monitor to sleep.
- Ctrl + Option + Command + 8 to invert the colors on the screen.
- Command + Shift + Option + Backspace to empty the Trash (known as Recycle Bin in Windows)



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