Here’s a small tip for quickly adding in foreign characters while typing, such as é, or ä.
All you have to do is hold the letter you want with whichever foreign accent it is you’re looking for, and a pop-up window will appear above it with all the options available, where you can click on the one you want using your mouse, or use the corresponding number key as a shortcut.
No but seriously, who ate all the crêpes?
How to survive using your keyboard only; here are some shortcuts.
Users with MacBooks need to include the function (fn) key in commands involving F#-keys.
ctrl + F2
opens access to your menu bar, which is navigated with arrows, enter, or letters (for a shortcut, type the first letter of the menu item you want to access.
ctrl + F3
opens up access to your dock, which can be navigated in the same way as the menu bar.
NOTE: If those actions are not working, then press
ctrl + F1
to activate/deactivate the commands.
Don’t forget the simple shortcuts too, like
Command + Shift + A
which opens your applications folder (only works when on Finder; Safari for instance, gives you autofill preferences…)
Other shortcuts you must know are:
Empty trash: Command + Shift + Delete
Quit application: Command + Q
Close current window: Command + W
UPDATE: oli4 reminded me with his comment; to see a directory of shortcuts, go to System Preferences > Keyboard & Mouse > Keyboard Shortcuts
UPDATE #2: Learned a new shortcut! When on Safari, select a word and press
ctrl + Command + D
and you will get a quick definition show up as a tool tip window.
Feel free to share your tips and shortcuts in the comments below!