Text keyboard shortcuts on MAC

Working with Text
Some only work in Cocoa applications like Safari, Mail, TextEdit, etc.

Action Keystroke
Go to end of line Cmd-right arrow
Go to beginning of line Cmd-left arrow
Go to end of all the text Cmd-down arrow
Go to beginning of all the text Cmd-up arrow
Go to end of current or next word Option-right arrow
Go to beginning of current or previous word Option-left arrow
Add Shift to the above keystrokes to make a selection to that point.
On Laptops: Delete Text to the right of the cursor (like the Del key on a full keyboard) Function(fn)-Delete
Non-touching (Discontinuous) text selections Command-drag
Select non-linear areas Option-drag
Delete entire word to the left Opt-Delete
Look up word in dictionary Position mouse over a word and hold Cmd-Ctrl-D
Auto completion word Start typing the word. Press Esc (or F5) to open suggested word list
Switch to Outline Mode in TextEdit
  • Press Option-Tab to convert the current line into a list item
  • Press Return to create another list item
  • Press Tab at the start of a blank list item to indent it, creating a sublist
  • Press Shift-Tab to remove a level of indention
  • Press Return twice to decrease the indent, exiting the current sublist

MAC Pages Shortcuts

Formatting text

Action

Shortcut

Show fonts window Command-T
Show styles drawer Shift-Command-T
Apply a paragraph, character, or list style F1 through F8, if you’ve assigned them in the Styles drawer
Bold Command-B
Italic Command-I
Underline Command-U
Delete previous character or selection Delete
Delete the next character or selection Del (not available on all keyboards)
Make font size bigger Command-plus sign (+), command-equal sign (=)
Make font size smaller Command-minus sign (-)
Make text superscript Control-Command-plus sign (+)
Make text subscript Control-Command-minus sign (-)
Align text flush left Command-{
Center text Command-|
Align text flush right Command-}
Align text flush left and flush right (justify) Option-Command-|
Decrease list indent level Command-[
Increase list indent level Command-]
Edit hyperlink text without disabling hyperlinks Arrow keys into hyperlink text
Cut Command-X
Copy Command-C
Copy paragraph style Option-Command-C
Copy character style Option-Shift-Command-C
Paste Command-V
Paste character or paragraph style Option-Command-V
Paste and match style of destination text Option-Shift-Command-V
Insert non-breaking space Option-Space bar
Insert line break (soft return) Shift-Return
Insert page break Command-Enter
Insert paragraph break Return

Manipulating fixed objects

Action

Shortcut

Draw a floating text box, shape, table, or chart Option-click the Text Box, Shapes, Table, or Chart toolbar button; then drag to size
Select all floating objects Select one floating object and press Command-A
Deselect all floating objects Select one floating object and press Command-Shift-A
Select or deselect additional objects Command-click, Shift-click
Add range to (or remove it from) selection Shift-drag, Command-drag
Move selected object one point Arrow key
Move selected object ten points Shift-Arrow key
Send object to the back Shift-Command-B
Send object one layer back Option-Command-B
Bring object to the front Shift-Command-F
Bring object one layer forward Option-Shift-Command-F
Group objects Option-Command-G
Ungroup objects Option-Shift-Command-G
Lock objects Command-L
Unlock objects Option-Command-L
Duplicate object Command-D, Option-drag
Constrain movement of object to 45-degrees Shift-drag
Resize object Drag handle
Resize object from center Option-drag handle
Constrain aspect ratio when resizing object from center Option-Shift-drag handle
Constrain aspect ratio when resizing object Shift-drag handle
Rotate object Command-drag handle
Rotate object 45-degrees Shift-Command-drag handle
Rotate object around opposite handle (instead of center) Command-Option-drag handle
Rotate object 45-degrees around opposite handle (instead of center) Shift-Command-Option-drag handle
Turn off alignment guides Command-drag
Mask or unmask object Shift-Command-M
Exit mask mode Return, Command-Return, Enter, double-click
Reenter mask mode Double-click the masked image
Open shortcut menu for selected item Control-click
Exit text edit mode and select object Command-Return
Choose an object to insert Shift-Command-V
Define as placeholder text Control-Option-Command-T
Define object as media placeholder Control-Option-Command-I

Working with tables

Action

Shortcut

Select all table borders or cell content, depending on initial selection Command-A
Delete selected table, border or border segment, or contents of selected cells Delete
Constrain the movement of the table and snap to guides Shift-drag table
Replace contents of selected cell with contents of destination cell Drag selected cell to another cell
Copy contents of selected cell into destination cell Option-drag selected cell to another cell
Extend selection from selected cell to destination cell Shift-click in destination cell
Select cell Click cell of selected table or double-click cell of unselected table
Add cell to (or remove it from) selection Command-click selected or unselected cell
Enter text edit mode Return or enter (in cell selection mode)
Stop editing text and select cell Command-Return
Select border Click border of selected table or double-click border of unselected table
Add border to (or remove it from) selection Command-click or Shift-click border
Select border segment Click or double-click if the table isn’t selected
Add border segment to (or remove it from) selection Shift-click border segment or Command-click border segment
Move border or border segment to new position Drag border or border segment
Move selected table, border, or border segment one point Arrow keys
Move selected table, border, or border segment ten points Shift-arrow keys
Select next cell to the left, right, up, or down Arrow keys (in cell selection mode)
Extend cell selection by one cell Shift-arrow keys (in cell selection mode)
Select text in next cell or if last cell is selected add a new row Tab
Select text in previous cell Shift-Tab
Stop editing cell and select the table Command-click the selected cell
Insert a tab Option-Tab (in text edit mode)
Open table formatting menu for selected table or cells Control-click table
Create a table by dragging Option-click Table in toolbar, and then drag to size
Open Formula Editor for selected non-formula cell =
Open Formula Editor for cell containing formula or formatted number =, Return, Enter, or double-click
In Formula Editor, save changes Return, Enter, Accept button
In Formula Editor, discard changes Escape, Cancel button

Editing chart data

Action

Shortcut

Show or hide Chart Data Editor Shift-Command-D
Complete a cell entry and move the selection down Return
Complete a cell entry and move the selection up Shift-Return
Complete a cell entry and move the selection to the right Tab
Complete a cell entry and move the selection to the left Shift-Tab
Move one character left, right, to the beginning of text (up), or to the end of text (down) Arrows keys (in text edit mode)
Complete a cell entry and select the cell Enter
Move one cell in a given direction Arrows keys (in cell selection mode)
Move to the beginning of the row Home
Move to the last nonblank cell at the end of the row End
Extend the selection by one cell Shift-Arrow keys
Extend the selection to the beginning of the row Shift-Home
Extend the selection to the end of the row Shift-End

Working with editable shapes

Action

Shortcut

Make a custom shape editable Click the shape, then click again
Move a point of an editable shape Click point and drag to another location
Delete a point of an editable shape Click point and press Delete
Add a point to an editable shape Option-click the shape border where you want to add a point
Change a corner point of an editable shape into a curved point Double-click the corner point
Change a curved point of an editable shape into a corner point Double-click the curved point
Reshape the curve of an editable shape Click a point on the curve and move the control handles

Thumbnail View

Action

Shortcut

Show page thumbnails Option-Command-P
Select section above current section Shift-Up Arrow
Select section below current section Shift-Down Arrow
Extend selection from current section to section above Shift-Up Arrow
Extend selection from current section to section below Shift-Down Arrow
Move between pages Page Up and Page Down
Select first section Home
Select last section End
Select all sections Command-A

General

Action

Shortcut

Open new document (You can choose the type of document you want to open in Pages Preferences.) Command-N
Open new document from template chooser Shift-Command-N
Open existing document Command-O
Save Command-S
Save as Shift-Command-S
Print Command-P
Page setup Shift-Command-P
Pages help Command-?
Find Command-F
Find next Command-G
Find previous Shift-Command-G
Use selection for find Command-E
Scroll to found selection Command-J
Show search sidebar Option-Command-F
Check spelling Command-semicolon (;)
Show spelling window Command-colon (:)
Zoom in Command->
Zoom out Command-<
Close window Command-W
Minimize window Command-M
Show preferences Command-comma (,)
Show Inspector window Option-Command-I
Show document rulers Command-R
Show layout Shift-Command-L
Show formatting characters (invisibles) Shift-Command-I
Show colors window Shift-Command-C
Hide Pages Command-H
Hide other windows Option-Command-H
Quit Pages Command-Q

Moving around within a document

Action

Shortcut

Move one character to the left Left Arrow
Move one character to the right Right Arrow
Move to the line above Up Arrow
Move to the line below Down Arrow
Move to the beginning of current or previous word Option-Left Arrow
Move to the end of current or next word Option-Right Arrow
Move to the beginning of the current line Command-Left Arrow
Move to the end of the current line Command-Right Arrow
Move to the beginning of the current paragraph Option-Up Arrow
Move to the end of the current paragraph Option-Down Arrow
Scroll to the beginning of the document Home
Move to the beginning of the document Command-Up Arrow
Scroll to the end of the document End
Move to the end of the document Command-Down Arrow

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