How To Type On Mac Keyboard

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.

Command Key

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.

Function Keys

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.

Special Characters

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!