July 19, 2012, 9:33 PM — Among computer users, there are two types of people: mousers and keyboarders. Im the latter. I like to use keyboard shortcuts as often as possible to save time and to keep my hands on my keyboard. Here are ten of my favorite keyboard shortcuts for the applications I use most.
1. Select Safaris address field
Sometimes I copy a URL and want to paste it into Safaris address field. Instead of using the tab key, or a mouse or trackpad, to select the field, I prefer using the Command-L keyboard shortcut. This highlights the text in the field, and I can then paste my URL and press Return to go to a webpage.
2. Jump to whats currently playing in iTunes
I often have iTunes running while I work, and I often browse my library, or the iTunes Store while Im listening to music. But sometimes I want to come back to the music Im playing: either in a playlist or in my Music library. A little-known keyboard shortcut, Command-L, does just this. It highlights the current track, and changes the view so you can see exactly where it is.
3. Paste and match style in Pages
I work with Apples Pages from time to time, and I sometimes need to paste text that Ive copied from another file, or from a webpage. Since I use styles in Pages, if I paste text, it will show up with its original font and style. Command-Option-Shift-V is the Paste And Match Style command, so the pasted text inherits the style where youve placed your cursor. This shortcut also works in Numbers and Keynote.
4. Mark messages as read or unread in Mail
When I use Apples Mail, I like to keep messages that need action in my inbox marked as unread. This way their subjects appear in bold text. I even have a special smart mailbox that groups all these unread emails. Sometimes I read an email but want to keep it in that smart mailbox. Selecting a message and pressing Command-Shift-U toggles its read status. If its unread, it marks it read; if its read, it sets its status back to unread.
5. Quickly see information for multiple files
I often need to check info for multiple files in the Finder. You probably know that if you select an item and press Command-I, you get an Info window for that item. This window shows everything from file size to what application will open the file.
If you press Command-Option-I, you see that items Info Window, but if you click on another item, the Info window will change to show the new items information. You can also navigate in a folder using arrow keys when this window is visible to see info for all the items in a folder. This is a great way to view information for a lot of files, such as a folder of photos.
6. Open files without clicking