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Your cool and useful shortcut for mac os x?

Asked by tantaikooi (122points) February 20th, 2008

Hello world. I am now using my new mac. And this is the first “form” i used in this macbook. Showoff your cool and useful shortcut…for anything.

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jrpowell's avatar

I use Hide Application the most.. I can hit “Command H” and the app and all windows associated to that app are placed in the apps icon in the dock.

sndfreQ's avatar

spaces ftw!

a close second: expose “show all windows” assigned to mighty mouse’s scroll ball and to F11 on my MBP.

tantaikooi's avatar

Is there any idea do action like “move the window to top left”?

sferik's avatar

I’m a big fan of Command-Shift-4, then Spacebar, then click, to take a screenshot of a window.

Also, Command-Tab to switch between applications and Command-` to cycle through the windows in foreground application.

Here is Apple’s official list of Mac OS X keyboard shortcuts.

I don’t know of any way to move a window to the top left, other than by dragging and dropping it there.

klaas4's avatar

You could make a workflow in Automator, and then use Spark or something to assign it to a shortcut…

I use Ctrl+Alt+Command+S/M/C a lot, assigned with Spark. S = Safari, M = Mail and C = iChat. I also use F7, F8 and F9 often (iTunes-controls).

tantaikooi's avatar

wow!! i am loving my mac!
mac os x 10 is so much nicer than the previous one! and of cos…it’s much more user friendly than windows!

how about a shortcut to re-arrange the opened windows/files? (cascade??)

paulc's avatar

I’m a big fan of Quicksilver – its like shortcuts on steroids and the steroids are on growth enhancements and the growth enhancements are naturally big boned.

ezraglenn's avatar

@sferik – command+shift+F5 takes a whole screenshot, while with cmnd+shift+F4 you can do a part of the screen. Just to save you from a few rounds of keyboard twister…

segdeha's avatar

@sferik, Something I just learned about command-tab is that you can send events to the application while it’s got focus. For example, you can do command-tab, then (without picking up the command key) command-q to quit the app.

tantaikooi's avatar

How to close the application entirely? i mean when i click “close” -> the button on the top left, it will just minimize it… is there a way to “quit” it instead of minimize?

sndfreQ's avatar

@tantaikooi: that would be Command + Q

segdeha's avatar

@tantaikooi, You’re not alone as a Windows user who instinctively clicks the red droplet in the top/left of the window, thinking you’re closing the application. Macs work on a slightly different paradigm than Windows. In Window, the window is the application (though it can have sub-windows). In Mac OS, the window is more like an attribute of the application (though there are a few cases, unfortunately for consistency’s sake, where Mac apps act like Windows apps). The bright side of this is that as a Unix operating system, your Mac is happy to let dozens of apps sit in memory waiting for the next time their needed without taking a lot of CPU. [Translation: It’s OK to leave applications running, so don’t worry too much if you tend to hit the red droplet instead of invoking command-q!]

Bri_L's avatar

I also like Butler. Much like Quicksilver it is a shortcut program on steroids. I hit “ctrl + a” then “m” for mail, or “f” for Fire fox. and it sets itself up for that. VERY customizable.

As far as native OS X quick keys my favorite is SPACEBAR with a file selected. It gives you a quick look at the file. if it is a pdf you can page through it, if it is a movie you can watch it, if it is a picture you can preview it. Kinda neat.

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