Keyboard shortcuts can make navigation easier in Safari, working with Mail or Finder on your Mac. We will try to expand your list with some convenient combinations. They will allow you to quickly navigate the Dock panel and applications located in it.
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To quickly switch between applications on Mac, users use the usual hotkey combination ⌘Cmd + Tab. However, not all even advanced users know that using hot keys you can also surf the Dock. All the intricacies of moving without a mouse on the Dock on a Mac in this article.
We recommend that you use the Dock in macOS with the keyboard with the option to automatically hide the Dock-panel, which can be enabled in the application System settings in section Dock.
Configure keyboard shortcuts for Dock
Before proceeding to “tame” the Dock, you need to look at or assign hot keys to enter the panel, for which:
1. Open → System Settings … → Keyboard → Keyboard Shortcut.
2. In the left column, select the section “Keyboard”.
3. Make sure that the opposite of “Move focus to the Dock” a check mark is set.
4. We recommend changing the default keyboard shortcut Ctrl + F3 on the ⌥Option (Alt) + Tabsince it is most associated with ⌘Cmd + Tab and easy to remember (just click on the keyboard shortcut and enter the desired hotkey).
From now on, pressing a key combination ⌥Option (Alt) + Tab we will make one of the elements active Dock.
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Selecting and opening programs in the Dock from the keyboard
After you have activated one of the Dock elements, it would be nice to learn how to navigate through the panel elements. To do this, you can use both the left and right arrows, or use the Tab key (move right) or ⇧Shift + Tab (move left). You can also quickly jump to the desired element by pressing the key, which is the first letter of the name of an element. To open the program, just press the key Enter or Space.
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Opening the Dock context menu using the keyboard
In order to enter the context menu of any Dock element, just press the up key. Navigation is carried out by arrows on the keyboard. The opening of a menu item is carried out using the keys Enter or Space.
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Moving items in the Dock using the keyboard
Moving the required element in the Dock is possible by holding the key ⌥Option (Alt). Next, move the item with left and right arrows.
Exit from the program
Selecting any program in the Dock using hotkeys allows you to quickly exit the application, even if it runs in the background. Press shortcut ⌘Cmd + Q to exit. If necessary, a message may appear in which the system will ask you to save the information in the window.
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Other useful keyboard shortcuts for the Dock on Mac
Minimize the window of the active application in the Dock: ⌘Cmd + M.
An alternative system option to call and hide the Dock-panel: ⌥Option (Alt) + ⌘Cmd + D.
Add selected item to Finder in Dock: Control + ⇧Shift + ⌘Cmd + T.
After you focus on the Dock panel using the first shortcut below, you can move around it and perform certain actions using other combinations.
Show selected app from Dock to Finder: ⌘Cmd + Return (Enter).
Go to a specific application in the Dock (by the first letter of the application name): using alphabetic keys.
Hide all applications and windows except the one selected in the Dock application: ⌘Cmd + ⌥Option (Alt) + Return (Enter).