Knowing keyboard shortcuts on a Macbook is a great way to improve productivity and efficiency when you need to use the computer.
There are two general categories of keyboard shortcuts: system-wide and application specific. System-wide shortcuts work across all applications on your computer, while application specific shortcuts only work within the app you are currently using.
You can also set up unique shortcuts for a specific application. For example, a Terminal Mac shortcut to open the tool. Note, though, that a third-party app, such as Keysmith, will have to be used in this case.
It is important to be aware of the difference between these two types as they are used differently depending on the task.
Next, let's look at the different types of shortcut keys that can be used in Mac OS X: modifier keys, special characters, and function keys (F1 – F12). The modifier keys are Control (⌃), Option (⌥), Command (⌘) and Shift (⇧). You can use these modifier keys together with other keys to perform various tasks in Mac OS X. For example, pressing Command + C will copy whatever text or object that is currently selected.
Special characters are also key combinations that you can use for various tasks such as changing language input source, changing desktop background image or entering symbols like © or ®. Finally, the function keys (F1 – F12) provide quick access to certain settings such as volume control or brightness adjustment. They can also be used to open apps such as iTunes or Safari by pressing their corresponding number key combination along with Command + Option.
Now that we know the basics of how to use Mac keyboard shortcuts let’s explore some more useful ones!
8 Useful Mac Keyboard Shortcuts
1. Command + Tab: This shortcut allows you to switch between open applications on your Mac quickly. All you need to do is press and hold the Command key and then press the Tab key until you reach the application you want to switch to.
2. Command + Spacebar: This keyboard shortcut launches the Spotlight search feature on your Mac, allowing you to find applications, documents, emails, music and other files instantly.
3. Command + Option + Esc: If an application freezes on your Mac, this keyboard shortcut can be used to force quit it without needing to go through Apple’s menu options. Simply press these three keys together and then select the application from a list of running processes that appears on screen.
4. Control + F2: This is a useful navigational shortcut that brings up the macOS menu bar when activated from any active window on your Mac’s desktop interface. It can also be used in tandem with arrow keys for navigating through multiple menus in an application quickly.
5. Option + Volume Up/Down Keys: Using this keyboard shortcut will allow you to make all the adjustments necessary for adjusting system volume without having to mess around with System Preferences settings or using your mouse/trackpad pointer controls for finding the volume slider control widget in macOS’s menubar UI element(s).
6. Option + Brightness Up/Down Keys: Just like Option+Volume Up/Down keys, this combo enables quick brightness adjustments as well so that users don’t have to fiddle around with System Preferences settings or use their mouse/trackpad pointer controls.
7. Shift + Control + Eject Key (or Power Key): This shutdown shortcut is not commonly known but can come quite handy during crises such as power outages or when working with multiple computers of different models simultaneously where shutdown shortcuts may vary from one machine type to another type.
8. Control + Option+Command+Eject Key (or Power Key): This is an emergency restarting sequence which acts similarly as resetting a computer back into its initial state as if it had just been powered up for the first time by pressing all four of these keys down together at once instead of having to manually restart via Apple’s menu options or pressing down on their physical ‘Power Button’ located at the back side of their device.
Additionally, many apps have their own set of useful keyboard shortcuts which you can usually find by going into Preferences in each app and looking under Keyboard Shortcuts section; this is great for quickly performing frequently used commands like saving an image file or creating a new document without needing to navigate through several menus manually each time.
Lastly, knowing how to customize your own keyboard shortcuts will free up time from having to do mundane tasks repeatedly. You can easily create your own custom shortcut combinations from System Preferences > Keyboard > Shortcuts tab and selecting App Shortcuts from the left menu; here you may add any command from any application with its related shortcut key combination so it’s easier for yourself when performing repetitive tasks!
As mentioned before, learning how to use Mac Keyboard Shortcuts will make your life easier by increasing your productivity and efficiency significantly when working with a Macbook! Knowing all these tricks will not only help you become more proficient but also allow others around you that aren't familiar with Mac keyboards better understand how they work too! So take some time today and explore all these options available – who knows what kind of helpful habits could come out from it?