What are Keyboard Shortcuts

Keyboard shortcuts are keys or combinations of keystrokes on a computer keyboard that provide an alternative way to do something that you would typically do with a mouse or through a menu.

If you are new to Mac OS X, it can be a bit frustrating to learn some of the hot-keys that you were used to on Windows are not quite where they should be. While there isn’t always an exact equivalent, there are a few shortcuts that are similar and you will soon get used to it.

Here are five of the commonly used special keys on Windows and their Mac equivalents:-

Windows key Mac Key
Ctrl Control ⌃​
Windows logo Command ⌘​
Alt Option ⌥​
Enter Return ⏎​​​
Backspace Delete ⌫


Keyboard shortcuts on Macs
See Apple support link here, full url is on https://support.apple.com/en-gb/HT201236

Keyboard shortcuts in Windows
Applies to: Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 7
See Microsoft Support link here, full url is on https://support.microsoft.com/en-gb/help/12445/windows-keyboard-shortcuts