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20 Mac Text Editing Shortcuts You Should Start Using


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They can be extremely helpful and speed up your work with text, but still, many professional text users only use the most basic shortcuts. This visual guide makes it easy to understand and learn the Mac shortcuts for text navigation and selection. Learn to master your keyboard and see how fast and easy you can edit text without even the need to reach out for your mouse!

Since the shortcuts might differ between apps, the overview focuses on regular, OS-compatible shortcuts (of text processing and layout apps like InDesign), and Mac-specific apps (like TextEdit, Safari, Pages). If the shortcuts for the latter differ from the former, they are shown in red. 

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1. Viewport jump

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2. Page jump

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3. Jump to the start or end of a line

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4. Jump one word to the left or right — note, that the cursor will ignore spaces and land at the beginning of words

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5. Jump one paragraph down

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6. Jump one paragraph up

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7. Jump to the start of the current text flow

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8. Jump to the end of the current text flow

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9. Select a character to the left or right

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10. Select words to the left of the cursor

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11. Select words to the right of the cursor

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12. Select from cursor to the start of the line

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13. Select from cursor to the end of the line

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14. Select line until the character above or below the cursor

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15. Select from cursor to start of paragraph

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16. Select from cursor to end of paragraph

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17. Select from the cursor to the start of the text flow

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18. Select from the cursor to the end of the text flow

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19. Delete the word to the left of the cursor — until now you were hitting delete for every character, weren’t you?

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20. Delete the word to the right of the cursor




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