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Enable Dark Mode with a Keyboard Shortcut in OS X Yosemite

Oct 24, 2014 - 7 Comments
iMac with Retina Display

Dark Mode impacts the appearance of the Dock and Menu Bar in OS X Yosemite, turning both from their grey on white defaults to a higher contrast white text against black background dark alternative. The effect is sort of iOS-like, but it also makes a great addition to the Increase Contrast feature on a Mac … Read More

How to Change the Keyboard Language Being Typed with a Keystroke in Mac OS X

Oct 8, 2014 - 7 Comments
Current language typing indicator in OS X

If you’re bilingual, trilingual, or even just use an alternate keyboard input method from QWERY like DVORAK, you can make your typing life much easier by setting up a keyboard shortcut in Mac OS X that instantly changes the typed language. This shifts the keyboard to your other language or typing layout option(s), from an … Read More

Set a Keyboard Shortcut for “Save as PDF” in Mac OS X

Aug 19, 2014 - 22 Comments
Save as PDF Keyboard Shortcut in Mac OS X

Saving a file or document as a PDF is easily done from almost anywhere in Mac OS X by using the print to PDF feature, which is part of the Mac Printer service, but to trigger it you have to go to the Print menu and then specifically select to ‘print’ the file as a … Read More

Launch Mac App Preferences & Settings with an (Almost Universal) Keyboard Shortcut in OS X

Aug 7, 2014 - 6 Comments
Open Preferences with a Mac keyboard shortcut

Adjusting the Preferences and Settings of Mac apps is common and often a necessity to get things just right for you, particularly if you’re using an app for the first time, or setting up a new Mac. Rather than fish around in the menu items to find the Preferences or Settings menu option, you can … Read More

Toggle Tab Window Navigation in Mac OS X Instantly with a Keyboard Shortcut

Aug 5, 2014 - 6 Comments
tab-control-mac

Tab Navigation is a feature of OS X that allows Mac users to navigate around active windows and dialog boxes with the Tab key, rather than the cursor. It functions very similarly to how using the tab key in most web browsers and Windows will skip between onscreen elements, and it’s a handy feature for … Read More

How to Start the Mac Screen Saver with a Keyboard Shortcut in OS X

Jul 10, 2014 - 13 Comments
Keystroke to start a screen saver on the Mac

Have you ever wanted to initiate the screen saver of your Mac by hitting a keystroke combination? You’re not alone, and that’s what we’re going to show you how to do here. While OS X does not include this feature by default, we’ll demonstrate how to create an Automator system service that will accomplish the … Read More

Close All Windows in a Mac App with a Keystroke

Jul 2, 2014 - 8 Comments
Close All Windows in Mac OS X with a Keystroke

Most Mac users know that hitting the Command+W keyboard shortcut will close the currently active window, but with a slight modification and by adding an additional key press, you can close all windows in just about any OS X app or the Mac Finder. What’s this super excellent keyboard shortcut for closing everything? It’s easy … Read More

Instantly Email a Webpage URL from Safari or Chrome with a Keyboard Shortcut in Mac OS X

Jun 12, 2014 - 5 Comments
Email this webpage with a keyboard shortcut

Anytime you find yourself reading something particularly interesting, worthwhile, or helpful on the web (like OSXDaily.com) you may find yourself wishing you could share the active URL quickly with someone else. While many users may manually copy and paste the sites URL to an email client, there’s a better way that is supported by both … Read More

Tag Files in OS X with a Keyboard Shortcut

Mar 10, 2014 - 2 Comments
Tag files in OS X with a keyboard shortcut

Tagging files and folders in OS X can be a handy way to help manage and organize the contents of the Finder, even if only used on a limited basis for specific projects. To get the most out of file tags though, you’ll want to get quick access to the feature. One way to do … Read More

Using the Delete Key on a Mac & Adding a Forward Delete Button

Apr 26, 2013 - 1 Comment
Using the Delete Key on a Mac, including Forward Delete and deleting full lines of text

The delete key on a Mac keyboard functions like a backspace key on a Windows/PC keyboard, deleting a character a time backwards from where the cursor is located. Pretty straightforward, but many newcomers to the Mac platform are confused as to why there isn’t a forward delete key… well it turns out there is forward … Read More

7 Simple Window Management Keyboard Shortcuts for Mac OS X to Improve Workflow

Mar 22, 2013 - 10 Comments
Window Management keystrokes in Mac OS X

Overloaded with too many active windows from too many apps? Want to quickly flip through them, minimize one, maybe maximize another? Maybe you’d just like to really focus and go full screen? We’ve got this all covered with some simple keyboard shortcuts that can improve workflow by speeding up window management and how you interact … Read More

4 Useful Trash Keyboard Shortcuts Every Mac User Should Know

Nov 13, 2012 - 9 Comments
Trash Shortcuts in Mac OS X

Trash is one of those overlooked aspects of OS X that you probably don’t think much about, most of us just drag a file into it, empty the Trash to delete a document and free up disk space, and that’s about it. That’s fine, but there are also a handful of genuinely useful keyboard shortcuts … Read More

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