We’ve been looing at Mac shortcuts this week. Today, we’ll check out some handy keyboard shortcuts for when you’re working on a document using an Apple computer.

           Shortcut Description
Command-B Boldface the selected text, or turn boldfacing on or off.
Command-I Italicize the selected text, or turn italics on or off.
Command-U Underline the selected text, or turn underlining on or off.
Command-T Show or hide the Fonts window.
Command-D Select the Desktop folder from within an Open dialog or Save dialog.
Control-Command-D Show or hide the definition of the selected word.
Shift-Command-Colon (:) Display the Spelling and Grammar window.
Command-Semicolon (;) Find misspelled words in the document.
Option-Delete Delete the word to the left of the insertion point.
Control-H Delete the character to the left of the insertion point. Or use Delete.
Control-D Delete the character to the right of the insertion point. Or use Fn-Delete.
Fn-Delete Forward delete on keyboards that don’t have a Forward Delete   key. Or use Control-D.
Control-K Delete the text between the insertion point and the end of the line or paragraph.
Command-Delete Select Delete or Don’t Save in a dialog that contains a Delete or Don’t Save button.
Fn–Up Arrow Page Up: Scroll up one page.
Fn–Down Arrow Page Down: Scroll down one page.
Fn–Left Arrow Home: Scroll to the beginning of a document.
Fn–Right Arrow End: Scroll to the end of a document.
Command–Up Arrow Move the insertion point to the beginning of the document.
Command–Down Arrow Move the insertion point to the end of the document.
Command–Left Arrow Move the insertion point to the beginning of the current line.
Command–Right Arrow Move the insertion point to the end of the current line.
Option–Left Arrow Move the insertion point to the beginning of the previous word.
Option–Right Arrow Move the insertion point to the end of the next word.
Shift–Command–Up Arrow Select the text between the insertion point and the beginning of the document.
Shift–Command–Down Arrow Select the text between the insertion point and the end of the document.
Shift–Command–Left Arrow Select the text between the insertion point and the beginning of the current line.
Shift–Command–Right Arrow Select the text between the insertion point and the end of the current line.
Shift–Up Arrow Extend text selection to the nearest character at the same horizontal location on the line above.
Shift–Down Arrow Extend text selection to the nearest character at the same horizontal location on the line below.
Shift–Left Arrow Extend text selection one character to the left.
Shift–Right Arrow Extend text selection one character to the right.
Option–Shift–Up Arrow Extend text selection to the beginning of the current paragraph, then to the beginning of the following paragraph if pressed again.
Option–Shift–Down Arrow Extend text selection to the end of the current paragraph, then to the end of the following paragraph if pressed again.
Option–Shift–Left Arrow Extend text selection to the beginning of the current word, then to the beginning of the following word if pressed again.
Option–Shift–Right Arrow Extend text selection to the end of the current word, then to the end of the following word if pressed again.
Control-A Move to the beginning of the line or paragraph.
Control-E Move to the end of a line or paragraph.
Control-F Move one character forward.
Control-B Move one character backward.
Control-L Center the cursor or selection in the visible area.
Control-P Move up one line.
Control-N Move down one line.
Control-O Insert a new line after the insertion point.
Control-T Swap the character behind the insertion point with the character in front of the insertion point.
Command–Left Curly Bracket ({) Left align.
Command–Right Curly Bracket (}) Right align.
Shift–Command–Vertical bar (|) Center align.
Option-Command-F Go to the search field.
Option-Command-T Show or hide a toolbar in the app.
Option-Command-C Copy Style: Copy the formatting settings of the selected item to the Clipboard.
Option-Command-V Paste Style: Apply the copied style to the selected item.
Option-Shift-Command-V Paste and Match Style: Apply the style of the surrounding content to the item pasted within that content.
Option-Command-I Show or hide the inspector window.
Shift-Command-P Page setup: Display a window for selecting document settings.
Shift-Command-S Display the Save As dialog, or duplicate the current document.
Shift–Command–
Minus sign (-)
Decrease the size of the selected item.
Shift–Command–
Plus sign (+)
Increase the size of the selected item. Command–Equal sign (=) performs the same function.
Shift–Command–
Question mark (?)
Open the Help menu.

~ Cynthia