After just having moved to macOS as my main laptop after a lifetime of Windows, (I’ll let you all know how that goes) it’s remarkable to notice that, in my experience, macOS is built for mouse usage.

That does not mean things are not feasible with a keyboard, though. This article sums up the most useful keyboard shortcuts I have come across while working with macOS.

This list will start rather small, but will grow as I encounter more use cases, and thus, more key combinations.

Key CombinationResult
Command-BackSpaceDelete selected files
Shift-Option-Command-4Create a screenshot from a selectable area and copy it to the keyboard
Command-SpacebarOpen Spotlight
Command-DAdd to favorites (imagine being a lifelong Windows User… 🥲)
Command-CCopy selection to clipboard
Command-XCut selection to clipboard
Command-VPaste selection from clipboard
Command-LIn browser, set focus on the address bar