Everyone that uses a computer in Canada can benefit from using shortcuts. Whether you're using a laptop for school, work, or just casually, you can benefit from using shortcuts. It may not seem like a handy thing, but you can save a lot of time using shortcuts. Keyboard shortcuts aren't taught in class, and nobody talks about shortcuts. This is why we have created this article to give you 8 of the most helpful keyboard shortcuts to save you time to allow easier access when using the computer.

Keyboard shortcuts may take some time to use, but after, they'll stick with you forever. You can use them for school, work or just using the computer causally. You can start to see the value in shortcuts when you start using them.

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Save time on the keyboard by using shortcuts. Source: Christina Morillo, Pexels
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8 Mac Keyboard Shortcuts

Here are 8 Mac keyboard shortcuts you can use to make your time on the computer easier. Once you start getting the hang of these, you'll never go back to your old ways. It can be efficient to use these shortcuts over your old methods. It makes some time to fully use all of them, but after a while, you won't even think about using your mouse or another way. Check out these keyboard shortcuts for Mac Users.

Command + A

I use this all the time. Hitting Command then A can will be something you can use every day. It'll highlight the whole text. Instead of dragging your mouse from top to bottom, you can automatically highlight everything. You can use this shortcut in all programs, whether on Pages, Word or Google docs. It's a lifesaver and be a benefit.

Command + F

Command + F is the ultimate time-saver. It brings up a search bar that allows you to search for any word, symbol or number. This is perfect when you're looking for a specific term that needs changes, or you can check how times you have used a certain word.

One of the key benefits of this keyboard shortcut is for research. When searching for extensive documents that are more than a couple of pages long, you can use the Command + F feature and search the word related to your research instead of reading everything. Easy and simple.

Command + C

Command + C is something hopefully you already know about. Again, it's a time saver. Command + C allows you to copy whatever is highlighted. This works on any platform as long as you can highlight a particular part. The only other way to copy something would be going to the top of the page, hitting edit and then searching for copy. This keyboard shortcut is definitely something you need to be using if you haven't already.

Command + V

Command + V allows you to paste what you have copied. This should be used after Command + C. The two go well together. Again if you don't use this feature, you have to the top of the page, hit edit and then paste. It's much easier only to hit two keys, and it can be done instantly. Once you start using this keyboard shortcut, you'll have a much easier time on the keyboard.

Using a mouse over a keyboard will always take longer.
Using a mouse over a keyboard will always take longer. Source: Vlada Karpovich, Pexels

Command + P

Command + P allows you to print anything your using. On Pages, for instance, if you hit Command + P, it'll automatically bring up the print screen. It makes it more accessible to print and a lot quicker. Sometimes on specific documents or pages, the print button isn't easily shown. You can often bring up the print screen for anything using this Command.

Command + W

Command + W can quickly close windows on whether you're on the web or using the software. Command+ W closes the window. It will not lose everything if you have multiple tabs open, for instance, on Google Chrome. If I have multiple accounts open, it'll close the tab I'm currently on. It doesn't automatically close everything.

Command + Q

I don't use this one personally as often, but it can still help close things down when you have too many files or tabs open. Command + Q closes everything, regardless of what you have available, compared to Command + W. Command + Q closes everything; it will prompt you before you lose everything. You'll see a screen saying Hold Command + Q after hitting the Command quickly.

Commmand + Shift + 4

I love how easy you can take screenshots with a Mac. Yes, it's not as easy as using a Windows computer, but once you remember this shortcut, you'll have no issues. Press Command + Shift + 4, and it'll toggle your mouse into a pointer. Then click and drag what you want to take a screenshot of. It isn't a typical screenshot, but it gets the job down. It should save the screenshot directly to your desktop, making it easy to find it.

These shortcuts are just the beginning. There are lots of other ones that you may find useful. The shortcuts we listed above are the most common ones everyone can use. if you are having trouble remember keyboard shortcuts. You can print them off and keep them close to your keyboard. This way, you can always refer back to them when you are typing until you start to remember.

It takes a little practice to get these shortcuts remembered, but they're worth it in the long run.
It takes a little practice to get these shortcuts remembered, but they're worth it in the long run. Source: Amina Filkins, Pexels

Other Mac Shortcuts

Coming from Windows to Mac computer can really be challenging for some people. Mac has its own software, operating system, and there are a few functions that are different. For instance, the command key is a feature that takes time to use properly, especially coming from a Windows computer.

You have to think of the command key like the control key on Windows. It’ll be used for almost all of the shortcuts used on the computer. Another shortcut some new Mac users may be unaware of is the trackpad. The Mac trackpad is very efficient once you get comfortable with it. It doesn't just click. You can scroll, drag and switch screens.

To scroll simple, use two fingers and swipe up or down depending on where you want to go. Another mouse shortcut is with all 5 of your fingers; put them on the trackpad and bring your fingers closer together while keeping all of them still on the trackpad. You’ll automatically bring up all your applications.

Computer skills are important to learn. If you want to learn more about them, you can also work with a tutor to teach you anything you need to know. Superprof has tutors all over Canada that can help you with your computer skills. They have the experience and knowledge to teach you the best way possible. Superprof also offers lessons online and in-person, giving you the freedom and flexibility to learn when you want to learn. Now is the perfect time to learn.

Start Saving More Time

Most of us in Canada use the computer for a big part of our day. These shortcuts can make it easier to navigate. They’ll also save you a lot of time. It may not seem like much, but those minutes add up on the computer. By using these shortcuts, there will be a difference in your time spending on the computer. 

Learning other computer skills can be useful. If you are looking to learn, we have written a series of articles around computer skills. Check out these articles below.

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