The best new shortcuts and trackpad gestures in Apple’s new OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion

“OS X Mountain Lion brought with it a world of new keyboard shortcuts and trackpad gestures that make working with your Mac faster and easier,” Alan Henry reports for Lifehacker. “We’re still getting used to many of them, but here are some of our favorites right out of the gate that you should definitely learn.”

Finder Shortcuts
• Bring back “Save As” by Holding the Option key when in the File menu
• Launch Mountain Lion’s new Dictation app by pressing the Function key (fn) twice

Application Shortcuts
• Disable Notification Center for one day by Alt + Left-Clicking
• Look up a word in the dictionary by tapping it with three fingers

More shortcuts in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: OS X Mountain Lion’s dictation feature works so well that we almost teared up with joy! That’s not an overstatement. Dictating the tags for this article and parts of other articles is a real boon for us. We’re going to be double tapping the function key a lot on our Macs! In fact, this Take was dictated using OS X Mountain lion’s dictation feature. We only had to go back to capitalize the “T” in take.


  1. I upgraded to OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion, but my Mac mini still doesn’t have a microphone. No dictation for me. I also thought the upgrade might install one of those SSD drives people are raving about.

    1. You’re right, you have to think before you speak. That’s probably a good practice for a lot of people on this forum. I am using the dictation feature to write this message. It takes a little practice, and the ability to break up your thoughts into smaller pieces… but once you get the hang of it it’s a real lifesaver if you hate to type.

    1. That’s what Save As does. It just closes the current document and puts you into the new one. I’m guessing from your remarks that the new Save As leaves the old one still open. Is it in the background? I’ll have to look when I get home.

  2. So how many gestures are there now? 10 or so?

    Yet by default the magic mouse has right click disabled because it’s too hidden / complicated for the masses…

  3. Dictation has not worked particularly well for me. Some words it just doesn’t get. (Is there a way to teach it?) As many different ways as I have said, “avert,” it has gotten it wrong. Doesn’t do too well with “famine” either. “Innumerable” has been inconsistently transcribed…consistently. And more.

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