Keyboard control tricks
Speed up your work by spending less time pointing and clicking
Get tasks done without reaching for your mouse or trackpad as often
Major OS X features can be triggered using gestures on a mouse or trackpad, but many more of them require you to move the pointer to the menu bar and click at least twice. Too often you’ll find you need to do this when your hands are already on the keyboard, and thinking about where to go interrupts your train of thought.
Many apps have shortcuts already defined for their most commonly-used or important features, which are triggered holding one or more of the modifier keys ( ç,å, ≈, ß and sometimes ƒ) and pressing a letter, number or symbol key. You can see these to the right of items in menus, and they’re a big time saver if you’re able to memorise them. Some of the more complex ones can be tricky, but if you use a feature regularly, you might override a shortcut with one of your choosing that’s more memorable.
Even then, you might find it hard to remember every shortcut. So, the one you really need to know, along with at least part of the name of the item you want, is ß+ç+/, which is the default shortcut to open the Help menu. When pressed, the search bar in that menu is automatically given the input focus so you can type what you’re looking for. When you do, you’re shown a list of matching items from the menus. You can use the arrow keys to highlight one and be shown its location in the menu, and – in well-behaved apps, at least – press ç to trigger that menu item. Alan Stonebridge
You‘ll find a long list of shortcuts you can use in most places on your Mac in the Keyboard preferences pane.