Mac OS and Windows Keyboard Equivalents

Are you a Mac OS user who has to use Windows at work? Or are you a former Windows user new to the Mac platform? As you've probably surmised, there are key differences between the general operation of the two Operating Systems. Let's look at some of the common Mac Windows keyboard equivalents.

(Original source by William Bailey at http://macos.about.com/compute/macos/library/weekly/aa080100a.htm)

General

Function

Mac OS

Windows

Close dialog without any action

Esc

Esc

Contextual Menus

Control + Click

Right Click

Copy a file

Option + drag icon

Control + drag icon

Create an alias/shortcut

Command + M

Right Click and choose create shortcut

Create an alias/shortcut in a specific location

Command + Option and drag

Alt + drag

Item's Info or Properties

Command + I

Alt + Enter

Move a file

Drag icon to location

Shift + drag icon

Select additional items without
deselecting previously selected
items

Shift + Click on items

Control + Click on items

Select All

Command + A

Control + A

Send to Trash/Recycle Bin

Command + Delete

Delete

Startup with Extensions Off/Safe Mode

Shift

F8

Switch to next active application

Command + Tab

Alt + Tab

 

Deleting

Function

Mac OS

Windows

Backward Delete

Delete Key

Backspace Key

Forward Delete

Del Key

Delete Key

 

Editing

Function

Mac OS

Windows

Cut to clipboard

Command + X

Control + X

Copy to clipboard

Command + C

Control + C

Paste from clipboard

Command + V

Control + V

Undo

Command + Z

Control + Z

 

Quitting

Function

Mac OS

Windows

Quit a frozen program

Command + Option + Esc

Control + Alt + Del

Quit/Close a program

Command + Q

Alt + F4

 

Screen Shots

Function

Mac OS

Windows

Screen capture to clipboard

Command + Control + Shift + 3

Print Screen

Active window to clipboard

Command + Control + Shift + 4 + CapsLock and click

Alt + Print Screen

Create a picture of a portion of your screen to clipboard

Command + Control + Shift + 4

None

Create a picture of a portion of your screen to disk

Command + Shift + 4

None

Create a picture of a specific window to disk

Command + Shift + 4 + CapsLock and click

None

Screen shot to disk

Command + Shift + 3

None

 

Special thanks to the About Windows Guide and About Computing Channel Editor for feedback on the Windows commands.

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