Use these 6 Mac keyboard shortcuts on a regular basis.

Use these 6 Mac keyboard shortcuts on a regular basis.

These underutilized Command keyboard shortcuts for macOS can make your life easier. 

You almost certainly use the modifier keys on your keyboard when using your Mac, whether you’re working or watching your favorite TV show online. These are the kind of shortcuts that can only be performed by certain keys, like Command and Option, which are perhaps the most significant keys on your keyboard.

The most basic and frequent examples are a copy (Command-C) and paste (Command-V), but you can also perform more difficult operations using these keyboard shortcuts, like forcing an app to close (Option-Command-Esc) or quickly taking a screenshot.

And which modifier key is the most crucial of all? Command.

With it, you can open new windows, select all of your items at once, undo typing, copy and paste text, and more. The Command key is much more powerful than you might expect, in addition to all the common shortcuts for which it is well known.

Even if you’re a seasoned MacOS user, you might not be aware of all the features the Command key offers, such as the ability to quickly hide desktop-cluttering windows or search through all of your computer’s storage.

Here are six uncommon keyboard shortcuts that make use of the Command key.

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1. Go through each open window on your desktop one by one.

You may swiftly go across each open app window on your desktop by using the keyboard shortcut Command-Tab. Holding down Command and Tab will open a window listing all of your open apps as long as the window is open on your desktop and not minimized in your dock. When the app you want to bring to the front is highlighted, release your hold on Command. Keep holding down Command as you tap the Tab key to cycle through the apps.

2. Cover up the desktop window that is open at the moment.

You may instantly hide any open window on your desktop by pressing the shortcut Command-H rather than reducing your window with the yellow minus button in the upper left corner. In contrast to minimizing, the hidden keyboard shortcut keeps the window open but removes it from your desktop and dock. Simply click the app icon in your dock or elsewhere to reopen the window. Additionally, you can use Option-Command-H to hide all app windows except for the one in front.

3. Open Spotlight to find files and applications on your computer.

One of the Mac’s most potent features is Spotlight search. Whatever you want to look up—text messages, emails, documents, programs, notes, music, settings, movies, or locations—just open the search box and start typing. Although Spotlight search can be launched using the magnifying glass in the menu bar, you can also access it quickly by using the following keyboard shortcut: Command-spacebar.

4. In order to share the URL quickly, highlight it in your web browser.

Typically, to copy the selected text to your clipboard when sharing a web address, you double-click in the search bar. However, pressing Command-L will accomplish this more quickly. Any text you type or the URL of the website you’re on will be highlighted right away in the address bar of Safari, Chrome, or another web browser when you do this. Then, you can paste it somewhere else by pressing Command-C to copy it.

5. In the Safari web browser, open any previously closed tabs.

There is a shortcut that can reopen a tab that was inadvertently closed, in addition to the shortcut that starts a new tab in Safari (Command-T). If you press Command-Shift-T, the last tab you closed will be recovered. Additionally, you can keep hitting the Command-Shift-T shortcut to open additional closed tabs if you’ve closed a number of tabs and want to reopen them all at once.

6. Launch a new application in one of the Apple native programs.

The keyboard shortcut Command-N is seldom ever used. The Command-N keyboard shortcut on a Mac can open a new email in Mail, a text message in iMessage, a window in Safari, a note in Notes, an event in Calendar, and more in addition to what is almost universally known as opening a new window in many popular applications. Test Command-N in your preferred apps to see what it can open for you.