Seven essential keyboard shortcuts for Mac OS X Jaguar

In no particular order, here are seven keyboard shortcuts for Mac OS X 10.2 that everyone running Jaguar should know:

Shift + Command + A in Finder: opens the Application folder. (Thanks, Gaucho and Michael J!)

Option + Mute: launches System Preferences.

Option + Command + clicking an application in the Dock: selects that application and hides all others.

Command + Option-D: Toggle Dock Hiding On/Off.

Command + Delete in Finder: Move Highlighted Item to Trash.

Hold T key during startup: Put FireWire machine into FireWire Target Disk mode. (Thanks, Sam!)

Command + Option + 8 toggles zoom in any application. Then Command + Option + (plus key) zooms in and Command + Option + (minus key) zooms out. (Thanks, RAM for the tip and ais for doing the math!) – FYI: we actually covered the Zoom commands back on 9/25/02 here.

Enjoy! Anyone have any other favorite keyboard shortcuts? Add your feedback below.


  1. In Safari, try:

    Command + Option + M: Marks the current page for Snapback
    Command + Option + P: Page Snapback

    Once you get used to it, you’ll browse more efficiently!

  2. command + tab switches between apps
    shift + commad + tab goes the opposite direction

    Once that command is issued, pressing command+Q will make whichever application you have selected to Quit. And, it does this without leaving your current app!

  3. Holding SHIFT while starting (just after the grey apple logo) will start your machine in “Safe Mode”, roughly equivalent to starting with extentions off. It will also fsk your startup disk (Essentially runs Disk First Aid). Great for troubleshooting, or routine maintenance without your install disk. I believe this only applies to 10.2.

  4. shift+command+H for home folder
    shift+command+N for new folder (I miss command+N 🙁 )
    command+N for new window
    command+up and command+down for tunnelling through folders in finder
    command+left and command+right opens and closes selected folder in list view

    damn that command-mute trick is cool!

  5. option-mute not only takes you to the preferences; it takes you to the Sound preference pane. Going along with the theme, option-brightness will take you to the Monitors preference pane and option-volume up (or down) will also take you to the Sound preference pane.

  6. I, for one, am terribly disappointed in the Powerbook keyboard F-keys that are tied to hardware functions, and having to use the fn key to use the F-keys freely. It should be the other way around so we can use the F-keys with one stroke for customized operations by way of QuicKeys or within programs that allow such customization.

  7. Michael’s comment about the function keys is fair enough, but there is a fix. From memory (I’m typing this at work): you reboot your Powerbook into OS 9, then go to the keyboard control panel, then click on the function keys button, then fix your settings, then close your control panel and boot back into OS X again. That should fix it (it did for me). Email me if you want better instructions.

  8. actually, the system prefs thing works other ways too. option mute brings up the volume control panel. but F15 on the pro keyboards raises the contrast and F14 lowers it. Option + F15 or F14 opens the system control panel..but on displays, not volume

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