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!

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