Four Keystrokes to Ease Navigation in Mac OS X

Jan 26, 2007 - 3 Comments

Navigating around Mac OS X is significantly easier than competive operating systems, thanks to the Dock, Expose, Spotlight, and the improved Finder. Of course there are also third party apps that people swear by, such as Quicksilver, but with so much built into OS X it’s not necessary to install anything. Simply dig deeper and learn a few new tricks. Here are some great keystrokes to know that will make navigation even easier.

Action Keystroke
Switch windows with the current application Command – Tilde (~)
Move a window in the background Command – Drag title bar
Display hierarchy Command – Click on name in title bar
Quickly switch between open applications Command – Tab

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  1. deck2 says:

    well nice to find usefull stuff as im new in OS X and my work requires many shortcuts to save time. thanks!

    i foun many usefull things here

  2. Jeremy Hartley says:

    Thanks. I especially appreciate the Command Tilde one, since I had been missing the Ctrl Alt key that windows has.

  3. Shlomo says:

    After you’re in the app switcher with Command + Tab, while holding down Command hit the Tilde key to cycle backwards! This is handy if you’re got a lot of open apps (and don’t feel like using your mouse).

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