Command + N and other incredibly useful Mac keyboard shortcuts I use daily

You’re probably used to using modifier keys like Control and Option in your Mac to execute certain shortcuts that cannot be done with just a single key. The most basic and common examples are probably copy (Command-C) and paste (Command-V), but shortcuts also allow you to force close an application (Option-Command-Esc) or quickly take a screenshot ( Command-Shift -4).

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Arguably the most important modifier key of all is Command. With it, you can copy and paste text, undo typing, select all your items at once, open a new window, and so on. And in addition to all the routine shortcuts it’s known for, the Command key is far more powerful than you might think.

Even if you’re a power MacOS user, you might not be familiar with everything the Command key has to offer, like the ability to quickly hide windows that take up your desktop or search through anything stored on your computer.

Check out six not-so-known keyboard shortcuts that use the Command key below.

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1. Scroll through all open windows on your desktop

the keyboard shortcut command-guide lets you quickly scroll through all open application windows on your desktop. As long as the window is open on your desktop and not minimized to your dock, holding down the Command-Tab combination will open a window with all your applications open. Keep pressing Command while tapping the Tab key to cycle through apps and release when the app you want to bring to the front is highlighted.

Apps in the dock on a Mac

Command-Tab will open all your open windows.

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2. Hide the window that is open on your desktop

Instead of minimizing your window with the yellow minus button in the top left corner, you can quickly hide any open window on your desktop with the Command-H shortcut. Unlike minimize, the hide keyboard shortcut hides the desktop and dock window without completely closing it. To open the window back, just click on the application icon in your dock or elsewhere. And if you want to hide all application windows except the front one, you can use Option-Command-H.

3. Open Spotlight to search for files and apps on your computer

Spotlight search is one of the most powerful features on Mac. Open the search bar and type what you want to search for, such as text messages, emails, documents, apps, notes, music, settings, movies, or locations. You can use the magnifying glass in the menu bar to bring up the Spotlight search, but this keyboard shortcut is at your fingertips: Command-spacebar.

Spotlight Search Feature on Mac

The command space bar lets you quickly use Spotlight to search your computer.

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4. Highlight the URL in your web browser to quickly share it

Typically, if you are sharing a web address, double-click the search bar and copy the selected text to the clipboard. However, there is a faster way to do this: use Command-L. This will immediately highlight whatever is in the address bar of Safari, Chrome, or another web browser, whether it’s something you’ve typed or the URL of the website you’re on. You can press Command-C to copy and paste it somewhere else.

Highlighted text in Safari

With Command-L, you can quickly highlight the URL in your web browser.

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5. Reopen all closed tabs in Safari browser

You may be familiar with T-command in Safari, which opens a new tab, but there is also a shortcut that can reopen an accidentally closed tab. Just press Command-Shift-T and you will recover any tabs that you have closed most recently. And if you have closed multiple tabs and want to get them all back, you can keep pressing Command-Shift-T shortcut to open multiple closed tabs.

6. Open something new in various native Apple apps

O N-command keyboard shortcut is not used enough. While it is almost universally known to open a new window in many popular applications, on your Mac the Command-N shortcut can open a new email in Mail, a text message in iMessage, a window in Safari, a note in Notes, an event in the Calendar and much more. Try it out in your favorite apps and see what Command-N can open for you.

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