Working in tech and on digital platforms, I spend a lot of time on my computer. While I’m all for apps to make my productivity better, being quick and efficient with my computer doesn’t just stop with apps. Two things I use all the time are my keyboard shortcuts and my trackpad (I have a Mac). I can probably list off a dozen keyboard shortcuts without even thinking about it, but today I want to share my five favorite ones for my Mac that help me work faster.
1. Command + M = Minimize Your Window
This one is a shortcut I just started using and I love that I can quickly minimize a window to get to the window after. I have windows open all the time, so I can quickly get this one out of the way and to a different screen.
2. Command + Shift + 4 = Screenshot a Part of your screen
The ability to grab screenshots is super useful, especially when writing blog posts. Command + Shift + 3 will take a screenshot of your whole screen, but sometimes that’s not useful. The crosshairs allow me to just get what I want and then I don’t have to go edit afterward.
3. Command + Tab = See your recent open windows
I talked about the ability to minimize windows to see the last one you had open, but command + tab shows you a row of the last ten (I think ten) apps you’ve opened on your computer. This one is fantastic if you need to find something quick.5 keyboard shortcuts to help you work faster. Click To Tweet
4. Command + Option + Shift + Q = Log out without the annoying box
This one is one I use exclusively at work. If you’ve ever logged out of a Mac, you’ve seen the little box that asks if you want to open all your apps again when you log back in. When I’m trying to get out for the night, I don’t want to sit and tell my Mac what to do. During a call one day, I discovered this little jem of a shortcut. Now, when it is time to go, I just hit these four keys and I’m good to go.
5. Command + Space = Spotlight Search
This one is my favorite because Spotlight is so flexible. You can use it to search for things, both on your computer and online. So I can quickly search the Weather (it’s warm) or for a file on my computer.
While that’s all nice and dandy, my favorite reason for using Spotlight SEarch is that I can quickly launch apps if I need to. I just type the name of the app into my search bar, hit the return key and never have to touch my trackpad. Though I do love my trackpad.