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Keyboard Shortcuts from Windows to Macs

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Keyboard Shortcuts from Windows to Macs: A picture of a glowing keyboard.

Keyboard Shortcuts from Windows to Macs: Overview

            Many Windows users know familiar keyboard shortcuts for common tasks, like “Cut,” “Copy,” and “Paste,” for example. However, you may feel a bit lost if having to use a Mac computer or MacBook Pro, for example. In addition, even though the PC market is shrinking, Apple just announced one of its biggest quarters ever with a notable increase in the sales of its Mac computers. This means that some of you are clearly switching to Macs from PCs. In light of this, we thought that a blog post that shows how to perform some common tasks in both operating systems would be helpful to many of you, who may be using new Macs for the first time. In this blog post, we will cover switching keyboard shortcuts from Windows to Macs.

            When switching keyboard shortcuts from Windows to Macs, it is useful to note that many of the keyboard shortcuts remain the same, but simply use the “Command” and/or “Option” key on the Mac keyboard in place of the “Ctrl” key on the Windows keyboard. However, many other keyboard shortcuts are completely different. Below is a table, grouped by computing category, that lists commonly used keyboard shortcuts in each category, the Windows keyboard shortcut, and the corresponding Mac keyboard shortcut. We hope this list makes transitioning from one to the other easier for you.

Keyboard Shortcuts from Windows to Macs: Table

Keyboard Shortcut Name Windows Mac
Text Editing
Select All Text CTRL + A Command + A
Cut CTRL + X Command + X
Copy CTRL + C Command + C
Paste CTRL + V Command + V
Undo CTRL + Z Command + Z
Redo CTRL + Y Command + Shift + Z
Save CTRL + S Command + S
Print CTRL + P Command + P
Find text CTRL + F Command + F
Go to beginning of line of text Home Command + Left Arrow
Go to end of line of text End Command + Right Arrow
Move left by one word Ctrl + Left Arrow Option + Left Arrow
Move right by one word Ctrl + Right Arrow Option + Right Arrow
Delete character to the left Backspace Delete
Delete character to the right Delete Fn + Delete
Cancel Esc Esc
Managing Open Applications
Move through open apps ALT + Tab Command + Tab
Quit the current app ALT + F4 Command + Q
Take screenshot of entire screen PrtScr or
Fn + PrtScr
Command + Shift + 3
Search system Windows Key Command + Spacebar
Force quit an app CTRL + ALT + Delete,
then “Task Manager”
Command + Option + Esc
Web Browsing
Search page CTRL + F Command + F
Go back a page ALT + Left Arrow Command + Left Arrow
Go forward a page ALT + Right Arrow Command + Right Arrow
Open a new tab CTRL + T Command + T
Close current tab CTRL + W or
CTRL + F4
Command + W
Select location or address bar CTRL + L Command + L
Switch between open tabs CTRL + Tab Control + Tab

Keyboard Shortcuts from Windows to Macs: A picture of a glowing keyboard.

Keyboard Shortcuts from Windows to Macs: A picture of a glowing keyboard.
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