Instantly See All Keyboard Shortcuts for Mac Apps with CheatSheet

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    Instantly See All Keyboard Shortcuts for Mac Apps with CheatSheet




    There are so many keyboard shortcuts throughout Mac OS X and itís myriad of third party apps that itís easy to forget them or get lost trying to memorize the sea of keystrokes for each app. This is where CheatSheet will make your life easier, itís a tiny free application that sits in the background waiting to be summoned from any app to instantly show all keyboard shortcuts for that application.

    Get CheatSheet for free from Media Atelier (requires OS X 10.7 or later)

    After youíve downloaded CheatSheet, place it in /Applications/ folder and the launch the app. Now from any application, hold down the Command key for a few seconds to summon the ďCheat SheetĒ list of all keyboard shortcuts for that app. This allows you to quickly see even the most obscure shortcuts that would otherwise be buried deep within a submenu somewhere.

    Hereís a quick video showing CheatSheet in use with Google Chrome and TextEdit:





    Quick troubleshooting tips: if some apps arenít responding to the hotkey, either relaunch those apps or try releasing and holding Command again and it should activate. Also if youíve forgotten the meaning of Mac keyboard symbols it may be a good time to review those really quickly.

    My only complaint about CheatSheet is that since it runs in the background you have to use something like Activity Monitor to easily quit out of it. Having an optional menu item to summon the cheat sheet for the active application, give you some control over basic settings like response time, and having a quick way to quit CheatSheet would be a nice touch, but this is a free app that is very useful as is so we really canít complain too much.

    Whether youíre a longtime Mac user or completely new to the platform, you are practically guaranteed to find CheatSheet useful. Get it now and thank me later.

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    Making Sense of Mac Keyboard Symbols



    Ever wondered what those Mac keyboard symbols mean and what they translate to? You see them on a lot of Mac keyboards and on plenty of keyboard shortcut lists, looking like strange glyphs (⌥), shapes (⇪), and bugs splattered on windshields (⌘). They can be fairly confusing, which is why we at OSXDaily.com always try to manually write out the key itself. Using the name of the key is becoming the norm on newer Apple keyboards, but many pre-2011 Macs have keyboard symbols on keys, and with really old Macs you get all symbols with no labels. Additionally, youíll find the symbols in drop-down menus throughout OS X, so what the heck are they in plain english?

    ⌘ is the Command () key
    ⌃ is the Control key
    ⌥ is the Option (alt) key
    ⇧ is the Shift key
    ⇪ is the Caps Lock key
    fn is the Function key

    Now you know, but if the symbols confuse you, donít feel too bad about it. Iíve been using Macs since I was a little kid and the Option and Control key symbols have always perplexed me to the point where Iíll forget which each is, and that is precisely why Apple is gradually moving to the labeled keys rather than symbol keys. Simple is better.

    The above list is the standard keyboard symbols for most keyboard shortcuts, below is a more complete list of some of the symbols that appear elsewhere in menus and the keys they map to. Thanks to Lri for posting these secondary symbols in the comments.

    Full Keyboard Symbol List:

    ⌘ is command

    ⌥ is option

    ⌃ is control

    ⇧ is shift

    ⇪ is caps lock

    ← is left arrow

    → is right arrow

    ↑ is up arrow

    ↓ is down arrow

    ⇥ is tab

    ⇤ is backtab

    ↩ is return

    ⌤ is enter

    ⌫ is delete

    ⌦ is forward delete

    ⇞ is page up

    ⇟ is page down

    ↖ is home

    ↘ is end

    ⌧ is clear

    ␣ is space

    ⎋ is escape

    ⏏ is eject

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