Common Shortcuts for OS X And Their Windows Equivalents

If you are new to OS X, there are a bunch of shortcuts that you’ll immediately recognize from Windows.  If you don’t use shortcuts at all, you really are missing out, as they are much faster than using the mouse in most situations.  I tout programs like LaunchBar and Colibri because they make your computer usage faster. It is no different for shortcuts built-in to the operating system, so you should really take advantage of them!
Here is a short list of the most common on both OS X and Windows:

OS X and Windows Shortcuts

OS X and Windows Shortcuts

Since Vista was launched, you can create keyboard shortcuts to your programs through the Shortcut Icons that a program creates.  You do this by:

  1. Right-Click the shortcut icon for the program
  2. Left-Click Properties
  3. In the “Shortcut Properties” box, find “Shortcut” tab and Left-Click on that.
  4. Left-Click the “Shortcut Key” box., and type in a letter you want to start the program.  For example, type P for Photoshop.
  5. The box should update to show CTRL-ALT-P, as all shortcuts created in this manner automatically must begin with CTRL-ALT.