Coronavirus has demonstrated just how dependent we all are on technology.

It allows us to stay connected with friends, family, and colleagues during isolation, and for many businesses it has thrown an invaluable lifeline to help keep their operations running. However, just as technology can be extremely useful, it also poses complications and difficulties; especially for those who rely upon it for work.

For example, here at Financial Edge we now depend on technology to deliver our virtual programs. This is great because we can continue to operate as normal but it has also left a major challenge for our participants who only have access to Apple devices. Often in class we use neat keyboard shortcuts to improve efficiency and precision with how we handle data, but these differ massively between Windows and Mac. We have therefore devised this handy guide to help our Mac users adapt to using their own devices so they can also maximize their efficiency during our training programs. You can also find Windows shortcuts and Mac shortcuts for Excel here.

Windows Shortcuts vs Mac

Below, we have outlined the primary keys used on a Windows keyboard, and the Mac equivalents. These are super important to learn as the majority of keyboard shortcuts use a primary key in combination with other keys to quickly perform the action.

Windows Keys Mac Keys
Ctrl

OR

Ctrl
Alt
Windows/Start
Backspace
Delete

/

Delete
Delete

/

Shift
Shift
Enter
Return

System Shortcuts

Learn these to improve your workflow on the system you’re using.

Action Windows Keys Mac Keys
Backward delete
Backspace
Delete

/

Close active window
Ctrl
W
W
Copy a file
Ctrl

and drag icon

and drag icon

Copy to clipboard
Ctrl
C
C
Paste to clipboard
Ctrl
V
V
Delete to clipboard
Ctrl
X
X
Exit a dialogue box
Esc
Esc
Find specific text
Ctrl
F
F
Force exit from unresponsive program
Ctrl
Alt
Delete
Forward delete
Delete
Fn
Delete

/

Maximize window
Ctrl
F10
Ctrl
F3
Minimize window
Windows
M
M
New file
Ctrl
N
Shift
N
Open file
Ctrl
O
O
Print
Ctrl
P
P
Exit/quit program
Alt
F4
Q
Undo
Ctrl
Z
Z

Windows Internet Explorer vs Safari

To access our materials you’ll need to navigate to our online learning platform. These shortcuts will enable you to quickly move around our website.

Action Windows Keys Mac Keys
Navigate to the top of the page
Ctrl
Home
Shift
H
Open a new browser window
Ctrl
N
N
Open a new tab
Ctrl
T
T
Refresh web page
Ctrl
R
R
Switch to next tab
Ctrl
Page Down
}
Switch to previous tab
Ctrl
Page Up
{
Increase text size
Ctrl
+
+
Reduce text size
Ctrl

You can find Windows shortcuts and Mac shortcuts for Excel here.

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