If you’re on a Mac, you should know these 5 keyboard shortcuts

There are a lot of keyboard shortcuts that you probably already use on your MacBook to perform common tasks. However, Apple has also built in many system shortcuts that may end up saving you some time or, in some cases, some difficulties.

That’s why we’ve put together this guide that looks at five different Mac shortcuts you weren’t familiar with. Our guide covers volume, brightness, Airdrop adjustments, and more.

Refine your brightness

If you own a MacBook, you are probably familiar with using the brightness button on your keyboard or using the Touch Bar to change the screen brightness. It’s obvious enough, but there are some moments when the brightness options from the keyboard may be too bright or too dim. Or, if you’re using a MacBook without a Touch Bar, there may be times when you don’t have a dedicated slider handy.

You might think you’d need to head to the brightness slider in Control Center to tweak the brightness to get a more accurate percentage, but there’s actually a keyboard shortcut for that.

With Option + Shift + Increase keyboard brightness or Option + Shift + Reduce keyboard brightness, You can adjust screen brightness in smaller steps. You know you’re getting an exact amount of brightness, as you’ll see the slider move between one of the usual increments listed as boxes in the pop-up slider you see on the screen.

And if you’re on a Mac Mini, iMac, Mac Pro, or Mac Studio, there’s a keyboard shortcut for you too! on external displays, Control + Increase Brightness And Control + Brightness Decrease It will adjust the brightness of your screen as you see fit. Just keep in mind that your monitor will need to support this.

Adjust your volume levels

MacBook Pro volume slider.

Just like you can adjust your brightness as we described above, you can also adjust volume levels in macOS. This will take the volume between one of the levels you get when using the dedicated volume buttons on your keyboard. It works just as the brightness slider option works, or how the Touch Bar works on a MacBook Pro.

Use Option + Shift + Volume Up or Option + Shift + Volume Down, you can adjust the volume in smaller steps. Again, you know you’re adjusting the volume to an exact level when you see the volume indicator move between one of the usual increments listed in the boxes in the pop-up slider you see on the screen.

We’ll also touch on a quick shortcut here as well. If you hit Option And raise the volume On the keyboard, you will be taken to the Voice Preferences dialog. This can save you a lot of clicks, since you have to go to the menu bar and then the System Preferences pane.

Quick access to Airdrop

Airdrop on macOS.

Need to send a file from your iPad or iPhone to your Mac? Normally, you would have to open a Finder window and navigate to the Airdrop section manually to do so, but did you know there is a keyboard shortcut for that?

Apple makes it easy: all you have to do to access Airdrop is tap Shift + Command + s on the keyboard at the same time when you are not inside the application. This takes you straight to the window, and you’ll be able to send your files in a hurry.

Empty Trash without annoying prompts

Delete files in macOS

One of the great things about macOS (and Windows) is that operating systems will prompt you if you want to empty the Trash. Usually, this is to avoid deleting important files.

Well, if you really want to delete files from your Mac without warning, you can just tap on File Option + Shift + Command + Delete buttons on the keyboard at the same time after the file is highlighted. When you do this, all files will be deleted from your recycle bin in a jiffy, without the need for confirmation.

Change Finder Views

Changing researcher views in macOS.

Our last option is to change views in the Finder. You can actually do this by manually clicking on the toggle buttons at the top of the Finder, but what if you want to use the keyboard instead? Well, there are four keyboard shortcuts that Apple has in macOS that you might want to try.

Command + 1: Allows you to display items in the Finder window as icons. Command + 2 It will allow you to display items in a Finder window as a list. Command + 3 Allows you to display items in a Finder window in columns. list inventory, Command + 4: Allows you to display items in a Finder window in a gallery.

These shortcuts can be useful in file selection modes, for example if you’re uploading a file to Teams or another app. You will be able to switch between views more easily, without using the mouse.

Check out the full Apple list

These are just our top five picks for useful Mac shortcuts you didn’t know about. Apple already has a webpage that lists a whole bunch of commands that you can use with your Mac. The list is quite extensive, so if you are looking for more, you may want to read it.

There is a lot of cool stuff covering Mission Control, Documents folders, Time Machine, servers, and much more.

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