Command + N and Other Incredibly Useful Mac Keyboard Shortcuts I Use Daily

You’re probably used to using modifier keys, like Control and Option, on your mac to perform certain shortcuts that cannot be performed with a single key. Probably the most basic and common examples are copy (Command-C) and paste (Command-V), but shortcuts also allow you to easily force quit an application (Option-Command-Esc) or take quickly take a screenshot (Command-Shift-4).

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 more. And besides all the routine shortcuts it’s known for, the Command key is a lot more powerful than you might think.

Even if you’re an experienced macOS user, you might not know all the Command key has to offer, like the ability to quickly hide windows cluttering your desktop or find anything stored on your computer. .

Check out six lesser-known keyboard shortcuts that use the Command key below.

And if you want to know more about your Mac, check out the best features of macOS Montereyas good as 10 tips to help you develop your Mac’s superpowers.

1. Browse all open windows on your desktop

The keyboard shortcut Command-Tab allows you to quickly cycle through every open application window on your desktop. As long as the window is open on your desktop and not minimized in your dock, hold down Command-Tab to bring up a window with all your open apps. Continue to hold the Command key while pressing 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 show all your open windows.

Nelson Aguilar/CNET

2. Hide the currently open window on your desktop

Instead of minimizing your window with the yellow minus button in the upper 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 window from your desktop and dock, without closing it completely. To open the backup window, simply click on the app icon in your dock or elsewhere. And if you want to hide all application windows except the one in front, you can use Option-Command-H.

3. Bring up Spotlight to find files and apps on your computer

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

Spotlight search function on Mac

Command-Spacebar lets you quickly use Spotlight to search your computer.

Nelson Aguilar/CNET

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

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

Highlighted text in Safari

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

Nelson Aguilar/CBS

5. Reopen all closed tabs in Safari web browser

You may know Command-T 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’ll get back the tab you closed most recently. And if you have closed multiple tabs and want to get them all back, you can keep pressing the Command-Shift-T shortcut to open multiple closed tabs.

6. Open something new in various native Apple apps

The Order the keyboard shortcut is not used enough. Although it’s almost universally known to open a new window in many popular apps, 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 Calendar and more. Try it in your favorite apps and see what Command-N can open for you.

Comments are closed.