macOS Monterey Keyboard Shortcuts

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macOS Monterey is the eighteenth major release of macOS released on October 25, 2021, for Apple’s desktop computers. It gets its name from Monterey Bay. If you have a MacBook or iMac, you need to know the keyboard shortcuts of macOS Monterey to do different tasks quickly. Like other preview macOS versions, macOS Monterey also offers a set of keyboard shortcuts. I am making a list of the best macOS Monterey keyboard shortcuts that you need to remember.

In Windows, most keyboard shortcuts use CTRL and ALT keys, but macOS keyboard shortcuts use CMD and Option keys. In Windows, you need to use CTRL+C for copy but macOS uses CMD+C for copy. In most keyboard shortcuts, macOS uses CMD in place of CTRL. Most keyboard shortcuts are similar to Windows, but use CMD in place of Command and ALT in place of Option.

Also see: How to Capture Screenshot on Mac

Monterey Keyboard Shortcuts

Finder Shortcuts

Command + 1View as Icon
Command + 2View as List
Command + 3View as Columns
Command + 4View as Cover Flow
Command + [Go to the previous folder
Command + ]Go to the next folder
Command + ↑Navigate up one level
Command + ↓Navigate down one level
Command + Control + NOpen folder that contains the current folder in the new window
Option + Double clickOpen the selected folder in a new window + close current window
Command + Double clickOpen the selected folder in the new tab
Command + Click window titleSee folder’s path
Command + TabCycle through opened applications (forward)
Command + Shift + TabCycle through opened applications (backward)
SpaceLaunch Quick Look
Command + YLaunch Quick Look
Command + ASelects all items in Finder
Command + Option + ADeselects any selected items
Command + Shift + AGo to the Application folder
Command + Shift + UGo to Utilities folder
Command + NNew Finder window
Command + KConnect to Server
Command + Shift + KOpen Network Window
Command + IGet info of the item
Command + JShow view options
Command + Option + EscForce quit an application

Finder (List view)

Open selected folder
Close selected folder

Files and Folders Shortcuts

Command + DeleteMove to trash
Command + Shift + DeleteEmpty Trash
Command + Shift + Option + DeleteEmpty Trash (Silence mode)
Command + drag file/folderMove item to another location
Option + drag file/folderCopy item to another location
Command + Option + drag file/folderMake an alias of dragged items
Command + LMake an alias of selected items
Command + DDuplicate selected item
Command + CCopy selected item
Command + XCut selected item
Command + VPaste copied item
Command + ZUndo action
Command + Shift + NNew folder
Command + Option + NNew Smart folder
Command + OOpen selected item

Shortcuts for screen displays

F1Decrease brightness
F2Increase brightness

Desktop Shortcuts

Control + ↑Launch/Quit Mission Control
F3Launch/Quit Mission Control
Control + ↓Application windows (See all)
Command + F3Show Desktop
Option + Command + DToggle Dock On/Off

Mission Control (Inside Mission Control)

Control + ←Move to space on left
Control + →Move to space on the right
Control + #Switch to a specific (#n) desktop. Example: To switch to desktop 3, use Control + 3

Dashboard Shortcuts

Fn + F12Launch Dashboard
Command + RReload current widget
Command + =Show/hide widget bar
Command + ←Scroll widget bar left
Command + →Scroll widget bar right


Shift + Command + 3Screenshot the entire screen. Saves as the picture.
Shift + Command + Control + 3Screenshot entire screen. Copies to clipboard.
Shift + Command + 4Screenshot a designated area. Saves as a picture.
Shift + Command + Control + 4Screenshot a designated area. Copies to clipboard.
Shift + Command + 4, then SpaceScreenshot a designated window.

Spotlights Shortcuts

Command + SpaceSpotlight on/off
Option + Command + SpaceShow Spotlight window

Accessibility Shortcuts

Command + F5VoiceOver on/off
Option + Command + F5Display Accessibility controls
Command + Option + 8Zoom On/Off
Command + Option + +Zoom in
Command + Option + +Zoom out

Common for various applications

Note: This may not work for some applications

Shift + Command + /Show Help Menu
Command + ,Open App’s Preference
Command + `Cycle through opened Apps (of the same type) windows
Command + Shift + ?Open App’s Help Search
Command + HHide current window
Command + Option + HHide all running windows
Command + MMinimize current window
Command + Option + MMinimize all windows
Command + WClose selected window
Command + Option + WClose all windows
Command + Shift + WClose file with its associated windows

Shortcuts for Sleep Mode and Shutdown

⎋ (once)Put Mac to sleep
⎋ (again)Wake Mac up
⎋ (hold)Force Mac shut down
Command + Control + ⎋Force Mac to restart
Control + ⎋Show restart/ sleep/ shutdown dialog
Command + Option + Control + ⎋Quit all opened applications
Shift + Control + ⎋Put dispplays to sleep
Command + Shift + QLog Out
Command + Shift + Option + QLog Out (immediately)

Mac Booting Shortcuts

Option (hold)Display bootable volumes
Shift (hold)Start in Safe Mode
Left Shift (hold)Bypass automatic login
(hold)Boot from other media
(hold)Start in FireWire target disk mode
(hold)Start from NetBoot server
(hold)Force macOS startup
Command + R (hold)Start in Recovery Mode

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