The macOS operating system is famous for its convenience and thoughtfulness to the smallest detail. One of these little things are keyboard shortcuts and special actions.
Now we’ll tell you how to use just one key Option (Alt) You can get more than 20 extra chips when working with a Mac.
They collected them by tasks, so do not be surprised that there will be 10 points. But the teams themselves are 20.
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1. Open new items in the menu bar
Almost any element of the menu bar will display additional actions if you click on it with the key pressed Option.
▸ for volume indicator A menu will open for selecting input sources for switching between the built-in microphone on the computer and the microphone on the wireless headset.
▸ for wifi icons Additional information about the current wireless network and several menu items for diagnostics will be available.
▸ similarly, additional data and options will be displayed when pressed while holding the button Alt on the bluetooth icon.
▸ tap on notification center icon paired with a magic key to turn on or off the mode Do not disturb on the computer.
▸ time machine indicator will allow you to quickly go to the folder with saved backups.
Experiment with other icons of standard and third-party applications in the menu bar to see additional features.
2. Quickly go to the settings
If together with the pressed key Option press the function buttons of the upper row of the keyboard (or Touch Bar), you will immediately go to the appropriate section of the system settings.
▸ Brightness Adjustment + Option opens display settings.
▸ key Mission control + Option opens the settings of the chip of the same name
▸ Volume buttons + Option lead to the sound settings menu.
3. Turn off and restart the Mac without a timer
When trying to turn off or restart the computer from the menu bar, the user is faced with a dialog box that asks you to open the running application after the next system start.
You must either confirm the action or wait 60 seconds to automatically close the dialog box.
If you hold down the Option key before shutting down or rebooting, the dialog box will not be displayed.
4. Cut files when copying
Users who switched to Mac from Windows computers have been trying for a long time to find an analogue of the hotkey Control + x to cut the file with further movement.
On macOS, this feature works a little differently. First, copy the data using a combination Command + C, and at the insertion point to copy data, click Command + V, and for transfer Command + Option + V.
5. Copy the path to the file
If you try to crank this trick before copying and click Command + Option + C, then the file itself will not be placed on the clipboard, but the path to it.
Sometimes it is very useful.
6. Delete files past the recycle bin
We pump some more known shortcuts:
▸ use Command + Backspace to delete the selected data to the basket, and Command + Option + Backspace for permanent removal past the basket.
▸ apply Command + Shift + Backspace to clean the basket as well Command + Shift + Option + Backspace to empty the basket without a confirmation menu.
7. Change the direction of rotation for the image
In the application View or Finder There is a button to quickly rotate the photo 90 degrees counterclockwise. If you need to rotate the photo once clockwise, you have to rotate it left three times.
Hold the key Option and the direction of rotation is reversed.
8. Change the default applications for files
To open a file in a specific program, we call its context menu and select the program in the section Open in application.
If you hold down the Option key, the item will change the name to Always open in application.
This will quickly change the default program for any type of file.
9. We work with text faster
When working in text editors, standard and third-party applications for working with text or browsers, the Option key will help speed up the process.
▸ Option + arrows allow you to move the cursor over words.
▸ Option + Shift + Arrows lead to quick word highlighting.
▸ Option + Backspace allows you to delete the whole word.
10. Turn on the slide show
When you select multiple photos, you can quickly view them in a standard Mac viewer.
To do this, you just need to add the Option key to the already familiar Space key. In this case, the shortcut Option + Space will launch a full-blooded slide show.
Now you know how much the key Option (Alt) is needed and useful in macOS. Feel free to experiment and click on it in other menus or applications for more options.