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Basic Keyboard Shortcuts aka Hot Keys

CommandCommand + q = To quit programs or operations.

CommandCommand + z = Undo mistakes.
CommandCommand + s =To Save
CommandCommand + c =To Copy
CommandCommand + v =To Paste
Help Command = Help menu

Note: the CommandCommand key is also known as "open apple key" or just apple.

Mac OS Keyboard Shortcuts aka Hot Keys
CTRL + mouse pointer
for pop-up menus. While pressing the Control (CTRL) key, point the cursor tip on an icon, disk, or the inside of a window. Keep the Control key pressed down and a pop-up menu will appear at you cursor tip, with a list of commands that a specific to that icon, disk, or window.
CommandCommand + . (period) To cancel commands or abort operations.
CommandCommand + Delete (the delete key) To delete items.
CommandCommand + Dragging To shift windows diagonally. Mac OS 8.5 or later. You can move inside a window by holding down the Commandcommand key and dragging anywhere inside without having to use the scroll bars.
CommandCommand + E To close a split screen.
CommandCommand + Option key + Esc To force-quit programs.

Option key + CommandCommand To rebuild your desktop. (Solves a lot of pesky problems missing icons for instance.)
Step 1 Turn the computer on.
Step 2 As it start up, press and hold the Option and the CommandCommand Keys.
Keep them down until the computer asks you whether you want to "rebuild the desktop." Click OK.


CommandCommand + w To close a window (Handy for Browser Windows-when you want to close popups. )
CommandOption Key + Command + w To close all open windows.
Option key + drag-and-drop To drag text or graphic to another application or document window.
Option key + Empty Trash To dump all trash.

Keyboard Word Processing Spreadsheet Shortcuts aka Hot keys
CommandCommand + L or R ARROW key = Moves the cursor to end of the word.
CommandCommand + Up or Down ARROW key = Moves the cursor to the beginning or end of the paragraph.
SHIFT + ARROW Key = Highlights text in any direction.
HOME key = Go to the beginning of a line you are on in word processing and spreadsheets.
END key = Go to the end of the line you are on in word processing and spreadsheets.
CommandCommand + HOME key = Go to the beginning of a page
CommandCommand + END key = Go to the end of a page (Note when trying to go to the end of a page you may go beyond where the actual contents are because there can be spaces below the contents you can see. Because of this it is very important when printing a spreadsheet, for instance, you highlight the contents and print the highlighted area only. You can accidentally print an entire ream of blank paper when printing spreadsheets.)
CommandCommand + p key = To print a document
CommandCommand + s key = To save a document

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Copy and Paste
To copy a line (or lines) of text:
First you need to highlight it. There are many ways, one way is to place your I beam at the beginning of the line you wish to copy and click to select your insertion point (blinking cursor). Next hold down the SHIFT key and press the RIGHT ARROW key. This will highlight the desired text. (Or hold the SHIFT key down and press the END key. This will highlight the entire line.) Release the SHIFT key and press the CommandCommand + c key. This copies the text (It is now stored on the clipboard and can be pasted anywhere in this or another document.)

To Paste it:
Place your I beam and click your mouse once to select an insertion point (blinking cursor), in your document, where you wish to your copied text to go (do this with your arrow keys or click there with your mouse) and press
CommandCommand + v.

Copy and Paste from your Drop Down Menus:
To Copy: Highlight the text you wish to copy then Edit Copy.
To Paste: Choose Edit paste.

To bold, italic, underline, a highlighted word or line of text:
CommandCommand + b Bold
CommandCommand + i Italic
Command + u Underline
If you change your mind you can again depress CommandCommand + a character b, i, or u, to restore your text to it's previous state.

To copy what you see on the screen:
CommandCommand + Shift + 3 You can take a picture of your screen (OS 8.5 and above). The picture is stored as a .pic file on your hard drive.

Don't forget to back up your important personal data!!!

It's not necessary to back up the programs aka applications that you already have on disk or CD. It is imperative to backup your personal files. More than one copy on different disks if they are very important.

Several of the Mac machines do not have floppy disk drives but they can be purchased from Apple.

  • Put a floppy disk in the floppy drive, then open your document in the program you created it in and save as to place a spare copy on a your floppy disk.
  • On your desktop you can drag your file from the place it resides on your hard drive to your floppy disk this action will make a copy to the disk you drag it to without damaging the original copy.

Back Up Devices:

StuffIt Deluxe™ Handy file compression programs to help a large file fit on one floppy disk.

Your Hard Drive: Is where your programs and personal files are stored.

CD-ROM Drive: Is the drive that you can play your music CDs or add new programs to your computer.

Happy Computing: ;>)


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