• Cut, copy, paste, and other common shortcuts

              Shortcut          

    Description

    Command-X

    Cut: Remove the selected item and copy it to the Clipboard.

    Command-C

    Copy the selected item to the Clipboard. This also works for files in the Finder.

    Command-V

    Paste the contents of the Clipboard into the current document or app. This also works for files in the Finder.

    Command-Z

    Undo the previous command. You can then press Command-Shift-Z to Redo, reversing the undo command. In some apps, you can undo and redo multiple commands.

    Command-A

    Select All items. 

    Command-F

    Find: Open a Find window, or find items in a document.

    Command-G

    Find Again: Find the next occurrence of the item previously found. To find the previous occurrence, press Command-Shift-G.

    Command-H

    Hide the windows of the front app. To view the front app but hide all other apps, press Command-Option-H.

    Command-M

    Minimize the front window to the Dock. To minimize all windows of the front app, press Command-Option-M.

    Command-N

    New: Open an new document or window.

    Command-O

    Open the selected item, or open a dialog to select a file to open.

    Command-P

    Print the current document.

    Command-S

    Save the current document.

    Command-W

    Close the front window. To close all windows of the app, press Command-Option-W.

    Command-Q

    Quit the app.

    Option-Command-Esc

    Force Quit: Choose an app to force quit. Or press Command-Shift-Option-Esc and hold for 3 seconds to force just the front app to quit.

    Command–Space bar

    Spotlight: Show or hide the Spotlight search field. To perform a Spotlight search from a Finder window, press Command–Option–Space bar. If you use multiple input sources to type in different languages, these shortcuts change input sources instead of showing Spotlight.

    Space bar

    Quick Look: Use Quick Look to preview the selected item.

    Command-Tab

    Switch apps: Switch to the next most recently used app among your open apps. 

    Shift-Command-Tilde (~)

    Switch windows: Switch to the next most recently used window of the front app. 

    Shift-Command-3

    Screenshot: Take a screenshot of the entire screen. Learn more screenshot shortcuts.

    Command-Comma (,)

    Preferences: Open preferences for the front app.