20 keyboard shortcuts that can make you a more powerful Mac user

Chuck La Tournous , Macworld

Chuck founded RandomMaccess.com in the mid-90s and hasn't shut up since. In addition to writing for Macworld, he speaks about technology, camping and marketing issues and at the slightest provocation dusts off his bass guitar to play in the Macworld All-Star Band. His new camping/technology site, TrailCamper.com is currently in open beta.
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If you’ve used a Mac longer than the span of a typical Hollywood awards show, you probably know that Command-P means print, Command-C means copy, and Command-V means paste. That great—it shows you already have a taste for how keyboard shortcuts can save you time. There are hundreds of keyboard shortcuts for just about anything you can do with a mouse. But shortcuts can be intimidating. They’re not always intuitive and they can take a lot of time and practice to commit to “finger memory.”

Adding just a few keyboard shortcuts to your repertoire can be painless and easy. And painless in more ways than one, since shortcuts mean spending less time on the mouse, which in turn means a lower risk of Carpel Tunnel and Repetitive Stress Injury (RSI).

Let’s take a look at three of the places where you probably spend most of your time on the Mac and see how keyboard shortcuts can make you more efficient.

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