If you could work less every day, would you? Lets say you could shave off 2 seconds of every minute just by using keyboard shortcuts instead of a mouse. Although 2 seconds doesn't sound like much time, the folks over at Brainscape believe you can save a whopping 64 hours a year, or 8 workdays, just by utilizing keyboard shortcuts, or KBS. So if you haven't given KBS a try, there's no better time then right now to become the super user you always dreamt you'd become.
Let's start with some basics for the Mac and then quickly move on to the shortcuts you'll be able to use every day at home or in the workplace.
Whenever you use a keyboard shortcut you are utilizing a key combination called a "modifier key" along with a character key. The modifier keys and their symbols on a Mac include:
Fn Function Key
⌥ Option (alt)
I've pieced together a punch list of shortcuts that will advance anyone from the family IT Dad to a career-minded IT Director. I've broken down these keyboard shortcuts into categories to make the learning process slightly easier.
There's a very long list of Mac keyboard shortcuts and it can be daunting to memorize every shortcut that exists. However, by learning the shortcuts listed above, you'll be well on your way to becoming the KBS super user.
Matthew Surowiec is firm believer that technical support services should provide two things: highly trained, friendly support reps and low pricing for customers. He co-founded Hello Tech Support, LLC, which provides advanced remote and on-site technical support nationwide. Matt is Apple Certified and specializes in Mac OS X, OS X Server, and mixed environment integration.