Using a PC keyboard in Mac – key mapping

 

Using a PC keyboard in Macintosh 


When you use a PC keyboard on a Macintosh computer, the keyboard shortcuts that you use map to different keys. In particular, the primary key that is used in keyboard shortcuts in combination with other keys is frequently different. The following are the primary key substitutions on the Windows keyboard, and their Macintosh equivalents.

Basic Keys

 

Windows Macintosh
ALT OPTION
Windows/Start COMMAND/Apple
BACKSPACE DELETE
DELETE DEL
SHIFT SHIFT
ENTER RETURN

Capture front most window ALT+PRINT SCREEN COMMAND+SHIFT+3
Close active window CONTROL+W COMMAND+W
Copy to Clipboard CONTROL+C COMMAND+C
Delete to Clipboard CONTROL+X COMMAND+X
Exit a dialog box without changes ESC ESC
Find/Search CONTROL+F COMMAND+F
View item information or properties ALT+ENTER COMMAND+I
Log off Current User Windows logo key +L COMMAND+SHIFT+Q
Minimize windows Windows logo key +M COMMAND+M
New folder CONTROL+N COMMAND+SHIFT+N
Open file CONTROL+O COMMAND+O
Paste Clipboard content CONTROL+V COMMAND+V
Print CONTROL+P COMMAND+P
Exit/quit program ALT+F4 COMMAND+Q
Save file CONTROL+S COMMAND+S
Select all items CONTROL+A COMMAND+A
Send/receive e-mail CONTROL+K COMMAND+K
Toggle through open applications ALT+TAB COMMAND+TAB
Undo CONTROL+Z COMMAND+Z

 


Microsoft Office and iWork 

Action Windows Macintosh
All Caps CONTROL+SHIFT+A COMMAND+SHIFT+A
Bold CONTROL+B COMMAND+B
Extend selection word left CONTROL+SHIFT+LEFT ARROW OPTION+SHIFT+LEFT ARROW
Extend selection word right CONTROL+SHIFT+RIGHT ARROW OPTION+SHIFT+RIGHT ARROW
Font menu CONTROL+D COMMAND+D (Office) or COMMAND+T (iWork)
All Caps CONTROL+I COMMAND+I
Move to beginning of current or previous word CONTROL+LEFT ARROW OPTION+LEFT ARROW
Move to end of current or next word CONTROL+RIGHT ARROW OPTION+RIGHT ARROW
Move to end of current line CONTROL+END OPTION+END
New document – new e-mail message CONTROL+N COMMAND+N
Underline CONTROL+U COMMAND+U

Safari Shortcuts

Action Windows Macintosh
Back ALT+LEFT ARROW or BACKSPACE COMMAND+LEFT ARROW or DELETE
Find word/phrase on a page CTRL+F COMMAND+F
Forward ALT+RIGHT ARROW or SHIFT+BACKSPACE COMMAND+RIGHT ARROW or SHIFT+DELETE
Browse to home page ALT+HOME COMMAND+SHIFT+H
Open new browser window CTRL+N COMMAND+N
Open new tab CTRL+T COMMAND+T
Print page CTRL+P COMMAND+P
Refresh Web page CTRL+R COMMAND+R
Increase text size CTRL+PLUS SIGN (+) COMMAND+PLUS SIGN (+)
Reduce text size CTRL+MINUS SIGN (-) COMMAND+MINUS SIGN (-)

 

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