How Can I Live With No Air

As the saying goes, an Apple a day keeps the PC away.

Copyright that

My spanking new Macbook Air is arriving next week and the excitement is killing me! I decided on the 13 inch for various reasons, aside from the card reader slot I’ll probably never use, I chose it over the 11inch purely for its practicality. If I wanted it for its cutesy miniature size that would fit right into my handbag, I’d have gone for the 11. But hey, that’s what the iPad is for so do I really need another portable gadget to lug around? The fact that the Air is wafer thin just makes me ooze with lustech (Lust for Technology). Yes, I have a tendency to make up words and acronyms. It will be my sole role when I join the Macult. Coming up with Buzz words for the official Macrishna bible. *available soon on itunes for just $2.99

I’ve been using Apple products for the last 10 years and never once had a hitch with or bitch about it. Aside from that one time my entire thesis wiped out when my iBook hung. Then again, I wasn’t mac savvy enough to know that there’s a process to actually retrieve it. Oh well, I wrote better the second time round. Disfreakingstinction baby!Nevertheless, I hope never to endure a 6am rewrite on the day something is due in.

In Mac I trust and just to show you what a Mac freak I am, here’s a chart of my personal journey with Steve Jobs.


So being the geek that I am, I decided to do some research on my latest gadget and stumbled across some useful tips and tricks for Macs on Wikipedia! So for fellow Mac Virgins out there (evidently just because you own a hand full of Mac stuff, doesn’t mean you know its full potential). I’m the snake handing you the apple. Bite it!

To start off,  here’s some symbols you should get acquainted with:

Symbols seen on Mac menus and non-US Apple keyboards, with their common names 

Symbols seen on Mac menus and non-US Apple keyboards, with their common names


command-option-backspace delete songs from the library from within a playlist
command-B show browser
command-L highlight currently playing track
command-shift-R reveal currently playing track in Finder (was command-R until iTunes 10)

Shortcuts Common to Most Applications

enter choose blue button in dialogue box (usually “enter” or “accept”)
spacebar simulate a mouse click on focused object (i.e., the button or control that has a blue halo around it)
command-shift-? Search application help. As of 10.5, this also FAYT searches available menu items. It also activates the menu bar as keyboard navigable if the search string is empty.
command-d don’t save
command-+ increase font size
command– decrease font size
command-, preferences
command-? help
command-: spelling
command-; check spelling
command-A select all
command-C copy
command-shift-C show colors
command-E use selection for find
command-F find
command-G find next
command-H hide
command-option-H hide others
command-M minimize
command-N new
command-O open
command-P print
command-Q quit
command-S save
command-T show fonts
command-V paste
command-W close
command-X cut
command-Z undo

Shortcuts on laptops

On most Mac laptops, some of the function keys (F1 – F12) are used to control hardware features:

F1 decrease brightness
F2 increase brightness
F3 mute on G4s, decrease volume on G3s
F4 decrease volume on G4s, increase volume on G3s
F5 increase volume on G4s, numlock on G3s
F6 Num lock on G4s, mute on G3s
F7 Display mode (mirror or extend external display)
F8 disable backlit keyboards (Aluminum PowerBooks)
F9 decrease keyboard brightness for backlit keyboards
F10 increase keyboard brightness for backlit keyboards
F12 eject (some Macs, namely all MacBooks, MacBook Pros, and newer PowerBooks, place a dedicated eject key next to the F12 key)

Newer Mac laptops (MacBook Pros made after February 2008, MacBooks after November(?) 2007, MacBook Airs), and the Aluminum keyboard, have a different layout for fn keys. Some keys have been added, while the numlock key has been removed and the display mode key has been integrated into the brightness key (see combinations in parenthesis)

F1 decrease brightness (command+F1 changes display mode, option+F1 brings up display prefs)
F2 increase brightness (option+F2 brings up display prefs)
F3 exposé (F3 shows all windows, control+F3 shows app windows, option+F3 brings up exposé prefs, command+F3 shows desktop)
F4 dashboard (option+F4 brings up exposé prefs)
F5 decrease keyboard brightness for backlit keyboards (option+F5 brings up keyboard prefs)
F6 increase keyboard brightness for backlit keyboards (option+F6 brings up keyboard prefs)
F7 media navigation backwards (like hitting back on Apple Remote)
F8 media play/pause (like hitting play/pause on Apple Remote)
F9 media navigation forwards (like hitting next on Apple Remote)
F10 mute volume (option+F10 brings up sound prefs)
F11 decrease volume (option+shift+F11 for incremental decrease, option+F11 brings up sound prefs)
F12 increase volume (option+shift+F12 for incremental increase, option+F12 brings up sound prefs)

ESSENTIAL: Shortcuts With Global Scope

command-option-esc force quit
command-option-eject sleep now
command-shift-Q log out
command-shift-option-Q log out without confirmation
command-control-eject restart
control-shift-eject sleep displays
command-option-control-eject shut down
command-tab cycle between open applications
command-` *after* having pressed command-tab, it will cycle between open applications in reverse
command-shift-tab cycle between open applications in reverse direction
command-` cycle between open windows in the selected application
command-shift-` cycle between open windows in the selected application in reverse direction
control-F4 cycle between open windows in all applications
control-shift-F4 cycle between open windows in all applications in reverse direction
F8 Spaces (Leopard only)
F9 Exposé for all windows (Panther and newer)
F10 Exposé for all windows in selected application
F11 Exposé to reveal desktop
F12 Dashboard (Tiger and newer)
control-# Jump to a space (10.5+)
control-arrow Cycle through spaces (10.5+)
control-F2 activate keyboard control of the menu bar
control-F3 activate keyboard control of the Dock
control-F8 activate keyboard control of the Menu Extras (right side of menu bar)
command-space activate Spotlight (Tiger) or switch between keyboard layouts (pre-Tiger systems)
command-option-control-, decrease the screen contrast
command-option-control-. increase the screen contrast
command-option-8 turn screen zooming on or off
command-option-= zoom in (if screen zooming is on)
command-option– zoom out
command-option-control-8 invert the screen colors
command-delete send file to trash
command-space open a Spotlight search
command-option-space open a Spotlight search in a finder “Find” window
spacebar when dragging file onto folder it will spring open without the usual delay
shift-volume Change volume without sound effect
option-shift-volume Fine-grained volume control (10.5+ ?)
option-volume Sound Preference Pane
option-brightness Display Preference Pane
command-decrease-brightness Change display mode (only on revised fn keyboard layout on Alu. keyboards, newer MBP/MBs?


  1. Congrats on your new purchase, babe! =) The iBook was the first laptop I bought for myself, and I’ve been Mac-fied ever since. Can’t imagine using any other laptop and would gladly replace my office laptop with a Mac if I could! =P

    1. Thanks! A family member bought it for me for my 30th 🙂 Feel so spoiled sometimes.
      One of my conditions joining any company is…. I ONLY USE MAC!

      Seriously. Ask your lover boy.

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