The document-Level macOS Keyboard Shortcuts You Should Know

file level macOS keyboard shortcuts

If you’re a Windows veteran like me, after switching to macOS, you may be confused by the document (file)-level keyboard shortcuts on macOS. So in this post, I’m going to show you some of the most frequently used document-level keyboard shortcuts on macOS. After reading it, you’ll be familiar with those document-level keyboard shortcuts!

Document / file -level keyboard shortcuts

Copy the selected item to the Clipboard:

Cut the selected item and copy it to the Clipboard:

Select All items:

Duplicate the selected files:

Paste the contents of the Clipboard into the current document or app. This also works for files in the Finder:

Undo the previous command:

Reverse the undo command:

Save the current document:

Find items in a document or open a Find window:

Show the Get Info window for a selected file:

Move the selected item to the Trash:

Empty the Trash:

Empty the Trash without confirmation dialog:

Print the current document:

Show the Character Viewer, from which you can choose emoji and other symbols:

Use Quick Look to preview the selected item:

Create a new folder in the Finder:

Move the dragged item to the other volume, instead of copying it:

Copy the dragged item. The pointer changes while you drag the item:

Make an alias of the dragged item. The pointer changes while you drag the item:

Hopefully, after reading this post, you’ve been familiar with the document (file)-level keyboard shortcuts on macOS! If you’ve any suggestions or questions on this topic, please let me a comment below. Thanks for reading!

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By Bin Zeng

Bin Zeng, a Microsoft 365 Certified: Modern Desktop Administrator Associate, is a technical writer by practice and an optimist by nature.

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