Key­board con­trol tricks

Speed up your work by spend­ing less time point­ing and click­ing

Mac Format - - IMPROVE -

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.

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