Tips & Tricks
Do you find it time consuming
to always go to the menu bar with your mouse when you need to apply a
common function? Well, for many common tasks you dont need to. You
can use Keyboard Shortcuts. Keyboard
shortcuts use the modifier keys (the
3 to the left of the spacebar, shift, Fkeys and sometimes the Caps Lock)
in conjunction with intuitive letter keys. You hold down the modifier
key(s) and then type the letter. You don't hit them all at
the same time. For instance, to save
in almost every program all you need to do is hold down the command
key (the key on either side of the spacebar, the one with the
Apple on it) and type S (cmd+S).
FINDER KEYBOARD SHORTCUTS They must be used from the Finder, not from an application.
- Create a new folder
Some of the most common shortcuts
that are available to virtually all Mac programs
Control Your Machine While Booting Up:
shft - allows you to start up your Mac without extensions.
C - allows you to force your Mac to boot from an internal CD-ROM drive.
cmd+opt - tells the Mac to rebuild the hidden Desktop file. This should be done periodically for good preventative maintenance.
cmd+opt+shft+delete - tells the Mac to skip the first device in the SCSI chain. This comes in handy when you want to force your Mac to boot from an external drive.
cmd+opt+P+R - clears the parameter RAM. One of those things to do when things aren't right and you can't think of anything else to try. This clears things like date and time, location, etc.
Spacebar - opens the Extensions Manager when starting up.
Mouse Button - will force eject a floppy while booting up.
opt (OS9) - will give a choice of which drive or volume to boot from
A printer friendly shortcut list - you can print this out on a single page, just be sure to disable printing the headers and footers.