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88 Keyboard Shortcuts & Commands, Part II November 15th, 2000
I have lots of great reader input and suggestions to share this week. The first letter is from Chris Gleeson of Ontario in response to last week's column. As part of that column I shared information on keyboard commands that can be used by those who prefer the keyboard to the mouse. Chris sent a whole, huge list of keyboard commands. He and I have done our best to properly source this list and I apologize if we skipped acknowledging anyone. In addition to the list, Chris recommended a Mac list that is devoted to 68K Macs. Chris writes:
Here is the list of key combinations I promised earlier. I got it from Jo Hissel, who is from the Netherlands. I think, based on his e-mail address, via Low End Mac's Quadlist e-mail list. That is one very useful and entertaining list for anyone using a 68k Mac, although the focus is on the 68040 series of Macs.
Actually, I would suggest that anyone who is using an older Mac check out the Low End Mac site for all sorts of useful info. Heck, that's where I got the link to Mac Observer in the first place! :-)
I don't know about anyone else, but I am going to print and post this list next to my computer. Thanks Chris.
The Magic of the Command Key
Check out the Magic Option Key to see option key combinations and other key commands
Command + A (when inside window, desktop, or document) = Select All
Command + C = Copy (what is selected or highlighted)
Command + D = Duplicated (folders and Files)
Command + E (selected disk) = Ejects
Command + F = Find File
Command + I (on selected files or folders) = Get Info
Command + K (in some control panels and installers) = User Mode or Configurations - Uninstall (installers)
Command + M (on selected folders or files) = Make Alias
Command + N = New
Command + O = Open
Command + P = Print
Command + Q = Quit
Command + S = Save
Command + V = Paste
Command + W = Close
Command + X = Cut
Command + Y (selected disk or selected recently moved files) = Put Away
Command + Z = Undo
Command + . = Cancel
Command + Option + E = Eject and Leave Behind
Command + Option + S = Saves All
Command + Option + P = Prints All
Command + Option + W = Closes All
Command + Option at Start up = rebuild the desktop
Command + Option + P + R at Start up = Zaps the PRAM
Command + Option + Shift + Delete at Start up = Forces start up drive to go off-line and start up off another drive with blessed system
Command + Shift + 3 = Screen Shot
Command + Shift + 4 = Selection cursor to select an area for a Screen Shot
Option + Command + P + R at Start up = Zaps the PRAM
Option + Command + Shift + Delete at Start up = Forces start up drive to go off-line and start up off another drive with blessed system
Option + Command + Tab as inserting disk = Initializing Disk
Option + Command + Power = Force Sleep
Option + Command + Power + Shift = Force Shutdown
Option + Command + Memory Control Panel = Startup Memory Test Option
Option + Command + Control + Shift + Apple Menu = About MacOS Team
Option + space bar = non breaking words (when typing)
Option + Command + Control + Mouse Drag = Create Alias where mouse button is released
Other Key Commands
Space Bar at Start up = Loads Extensions Manager before starting extensions across your screen
Shift at Start up = Extensions Off
Tab Key in save dialog box = switches disks to save onto
Shift Key five times = enables Easy Access Control Panel
Mouse Button at start up = Ejects floppy with system before system load starts (older systems, obviously)
Thanks again to Chris for his help, and I hope you find this list as useful as I have.
If you have any tips, suggestions, or other comments about this, or any other Mac topics, send them to me so that I can share them with other readers.
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