Stupid Simple Mac Tips #98 – Command Performance

by | May 26, 2022

I love fast things: fast cars, fast service, fast results.

But mostly I love getting work done fast. And I know the same is true for you.

So permit me to share a trio of Mac keyboard shortcuts that make magic happen faster than using the mouse.

All three of these tricks begin with the “command” key.

Fastest Way to Switch Open Apps: ⌘ + Tab

Pressing “command” [and] “tab” together lets you see all open apps and quickly switch back and forth between them without taking your hands off the keyboard or using the dock. Hold down the “command’ key and press “tab” as many times as needed to get to the app you need.

This is useful if, for instance, you’re doing online research in Safari and drafting in Word and need to switch back and forth often.

Bonus: A quick single hit of “command” + “tab” switches to the most recent app.

See what you’re missing: ⌘ + [or] ⌘ –

Simultaneously hitting “command” [and] “plus” makes whatever’s on your screen larger so you can get a closer look at it.

Using “minus” in place of “plus” makes the content of your screen smaller so you can get the view from 30,000 feet.

Repeatedly tapping “plus” or “minus” makes things increasingly larger or smaller, respectively.

Bonus: “command” + “0” [the number] resets to the default size.

Instant security: ⌘ ⇧ Q

You owe clients a duty to keep your work product safe from prying eyes. The quickest way to fulfill that obligation when you have to step away from your Mac is to push down simultaneously on “command” [and] “control” [and] “Q”.

This makes your Mac instantly lock, preserving confidentiality and letting you peel away from the screen faster.

Because fast is the name of the game.

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