70+ commonly used and useful keyboard shortcuts

Download this free cheat sheet with handy keyboard shortcuts for Windows and Mac, perfect for boosting your productivity.

Whether you’re using Windows or Mac, there are plenty of handy shortcuts right at your fingertips. It allows you to easily perform repetitive tasks and quickly navigate the operating system – no need to scroll through cumbersome menus.

If you’ve recently switched from Windows to Mac or vice versa, or if you have a computer running both, you may be confused about which keys to press to run common shortcuts. That’s why we’ve put together this guide with useful actions and their respective Windows and Mac shortcuts.

These keyboard shortcuts are perfect for Windows 11 and macOS Monterey, although most will work on earlier versions as well.

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Essential Mac and Windows Shortcuts

Shortcut Windows 11 macOS Monterey
To copy Ctrl + C Command + C
snow Ctrl + X Command + X
To stick Ctrl + V Command + V
Undo Ctrl + Z Command + Z
Find Ctrl + F Command + F
Find and replace Ctrl + H Command + H
Select everything Ctrl + A Command + A
In bold Ctrl + B Command + B
Italics Ctrl + I Command + I
underline Ctrl + U Command + U
Superscript Ctrl + Shift + = Command + Control + +
subscription Ctrl + = Command + Control + –
rename F2 Yield
File menu Alt + F Command + F2 and F
Edit menu Alt + E Command + F2 and E
View menu Alt + V Command + F2 and V
Print Ctrl + P Command + P
Command Prompt/Terminal
To copy Ctrl + C Command + C
To stick Ctrl + V Command + V
Select current line Ctrl + A Triple click on the line
Move a line up/down Ctrl + Up / Ctrl + Down Option + Command + Page Up / Option + Command + Page Down
To search Ctrl + F Command + F
New tab Ctrl + Win + T Command + T
List files and folders dir ls
Full path of current directory/directory CD pwd
Change folder/directory CD CD
One folder up in the folder tree CD.. CD..
Move to root folder CD CD
Create new folder in current folder mkdir new folder mkdir my folder
Create new file echo a-text > filename(.txt) cat > filename(.txt)
Delete a folder rmdir my folder rmdir my folder
Rename a folder ren old folder name new folder name mv old folder name new folder name
Copy a folder robocopy myFolder cp -r myFolder
Move a folder move myFolder mv myFolder
Delete a file share myFile rm myFile
Rename a file ren oldFile name newFile name ren oldFile name newFile name
Copy a file copy myFile cp myFile
Move a file move myFile mv myFile
Clear the screen cls Transparent
Merge and print a file my file cat myFile
Count lines in a file C:/../myFile PIPE** find “” /v /c wc -l myFile
Close window Type Exit and Enter Shift + Command + W
New tab Ctrl + T Command + T
Focus on browser address bar Alt + D Command + L
Go to the browser home page Alt + Home Command + Home
add .com to URL Ctrl + Enter Command + Return / Control + Return
Bookmark current page Ctrl + D Command + D
Close current window Ctrl + W Command + F11
Search system Windows, then type Command + space then type
Show or hide desktop Windows + D Command + Mission Control
Peek desktop Windows + , Command + F3
Resize or minimize app Windows + Down Arrow Command + M
Minimize all apps Windows + M Command + Option + M
Switch between active windows Alt + Tab Command + Tab
Close active window Alt + F4 Command + W
Activate full screen F11 Command + Control + F
Launch the taskbar app with the position specified by the number Windows + Number Fn + Control + F3 then Left Arrow and Return
Save screenshot of the screen Windows + Print screen Command + Shift + 3
Copy screenshot to clipboard Print Screen Command + Control + Shift + 3
Copy active window screenshot Alt + print screen Command + Control + Shift + 3
Narrator in Windows / VoiceOver in Mac Windows + Ctrl + Enter Command + Fn + F5
Start menu in Windows / Dock in Mac Windows Command + Option + D
File Explorer in Windows / Open Search in Finder Windows + E Command + Option + Space
Overview of letters Windows + R, type charmap and then Enter Command + Control + Space
Settings / Preferences Windows + I Command + ,
Lock desktop Windows + L Command + Control + Q
Sign out Ctrl + Alt + Del, click Sign Out Command + Option + Shift + Q
Sleep or Standby Windows + X then U then S Command + Option + Eject
Shut down Windows + X then You then You Command + Control + Option + Eject
Restarting Windows + X then U then R Command + Control + Power
Forced Shutdown Press and hold the power button Press and hold the power button for more than 1.5 seconds

Increase your productivity with these shortcuts

Now that you know the equivalents of Windows and Mac shortcuts, it’s time to put them into practice. Plus, it’s easier than ever to switch between these operating systems once you know the basics.

And who knows, it may encourage you to become a multi-OS household. This is even possible on one machine thanks to virtualization.

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