If you’re new to using a Mac, understanding the keyboard can be slightly overwhelming. Mac keyboards are not too dissimilar from any other keyboard, but Mac does have a few additional features and buttons that aren’t found elsewhere. In this blog post, we’ll guide you on how to type on a Mac keyboard.
Understanding the Basics
Let’s start with the basics. Most keys on a Mac keyboard are the same as any other keyboard. For example, the QWERTY layout is standard, and you’ll find keys such as Enter, Shift, Ctrl, Alt (called Option on Mac), and Spacebar in their usual places.
One of the first things you might notice on a Mac keyboard is the Command ⌘ key. This key is an essential part of using a Mac and is equivalent to the Control key on a Windows keyboard.
For instance, if you want to copy text, instead of using Ctrl + C as you would on a Windows machine, you would use Cmd + C on a Mac.
Mac keyboards also have function keys (F1, F2, etc.). By default, these keys perform special actions. For example, F11 and F12 are used to adjust the volume. If you wish to use them as standard function keys, press and hold the Fn (Function) key first.
Typing special characters on a Mac keyboard is straightforward. To access special characters, press and hold the appropriate letter. For instance, to type the letter ‘é’, you would press and hold ‘e’ and then select ‘é’ from the popup.
Tips and Tricks
Finally, let’s look at some handy keyboard shortcuts that can help you become more efficient when typing on a Mac keyboard.
Cmd + C = Copy Cmd + V = Paste Cmd + X = Cut Cmd + Z = Undo Cmd + A = Select all Cmd + S = Save Cmd + P = Print Cmd + F = Find Cmd + H = Hide the windows of the current app Cmd + W = Close the front window Cmd + Q = Quit the app
Remember, practice makes perfect. The more you use your Mac keyboard, the more comfortable you’ll become. And soon, you’ll be typing away like a pro! Happy Typing!