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If You Have a Mac, Memorize These Keyboard Tricks

By  Carina Kolodny 

If you’re going to spend your life with your hands hovering over a keyboard, you might as well do it right. Or at least make the experience as tolerable as possible.
And while most Mac users know basic keyboard shortcuts — command + “X” to cut, command +”V” to paste, etc. — there are so many more life-altering, time-saving tricks to be discovered. Let us lead you into the light.

1. If you need to cut through the clutter, press COMMAND + F3
Command + F3 pushes all your open applications out of the way so you can actually see your desktop, so you can procrastinate dealing with impending application overload.

2. To become a tab-scrolling expert, press COMMAND + 1 (and so on)
Command + a number helps you easily scroll through the respective tabs in your web browser, so you can quickly see what you need and, more importantly, click out of what you don’t.

3. If you don’t want to watch the entire hour-long YouTube video of your niece’s dance recital, press 1, 2, 3 (and so on)
1, 2, 3 will advance the video to 10 percent completion, 20 percent completion, 30 percent completion, respectively (and so on and so forth). Take that, little niece.

4. If you frequently write words like “antidisestablishmentarianism,” press OPTION + DELETE
Option+Delete deletes entire words so you don’t have to hold down the delete key forever. Unfortunately, there is not a keyboard shortcut to ending insufferable wordiness.

5. If your vocabulary isn’t quite as advanced, try CONTROL + COMMAND + D
Control+Command+D will define any highlighted word. Look at you, all literate now!

6. If formatting copied text drives you insane, try CONTROL + COMMAND+V

Control+Command+V pastes your copied text without including its formatting. Your formatting problems have now been disappeared.

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