Once you change from a geeky Windows user to a professional Mac user, first you will encounter a problem regarding to keyboard shortcuts. I’ve experienced it before, though some of the shortcuts are the same but most of them are different.
Here are several tips and shortcuts that I think you will feel it useful if you really want to transform your Mac shortcuts into old Windows arsenals.
Change Modifier Keys
Maybe you’ve noticed, in most of the shortcuts CTRL key in Windows has the same function as the Command key in Mac. Basically, by swapping the action performed by Command and Control of your Mac, you can get most of your new Mac shortcuts suitable for Windows switchers.
To change the action of modifier keys, there are only several steps need to be done:
- Click on the Apple on menubar
- Go inside System Preferences…
- Choose Keyboard & Mouse and go under Keyboard section
- Find the button labelled Modifier Keys… and hit it
- Select Control key to act as Command key and Command key to act as Control key
- Confirm by punching the OK button
- Now, you’ve done most part of your Mac to Windows transforming process
If you’ve already satisfied with the current result, you can just step out of the process. But I’d encourage you to read further as it’s quite challenging to make your Mac machine acts as your old Windows (for switchers).
Match Commonly Used Shortcuts as in Windows Platform
Again, you need to go to System Preferences Pane under Keyboard Shortcuts sections. You will see a small + button on the bottom left-hand corner of the pane. Click on it and you will be able to assign new shortcut.
These are several shortcuts that can be transformed into Windows-like shortcuts:
|Opt-Cmd-F||Finder||Find by Name…||Shift-F3||Search by filename|
|Cmd-F||Finder||Find…||F3||Search for a file|
|F11||Dock, Exposé, and Dashboard||Desktop||Cmd-D||Display the desktop|
|None||Finder||Show Path Bar (Hide Path Bar)||F4||Display the address bar|
|Cmd-W||All Applications||New Finder Window||Ctrl-F4||Close the active window in applications|
I’ve long forgotten most of Windows shortcuts. Shortcuts above are told by my friend who just switched to Mac and funny enough, he still carries the behaviour of a Windows user.
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