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MM Answers: How to optimize keyboard usage on my Mac?

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The question of the day:

How to optimize keyboard usage on my Mac?


The keyboard layout and input source used by the computer in the OS X login window are the same as those selected in the Setup Wizard during the first boot of the operating system.

New MacBook Keyboard

The vast majority of Macs in Brazil that run OS X El Capitan have the ?Brasil – Pro? keyboard layout, and many people today still suffer from accentuation on their computers for not choosing this option.

With the definition ?Brazilian Pro? selected in System Preferences Keyboard Keyboard Layouts, the only job you have to use accents on your Mac is to press the key with its accent before the letter in question instead of using the old ?guessing technique? when the ?Brazilian? keyboard layout was used .

Currently there is also a very simple and practical way to accentuate on OS X.

New accentuation in OS X

Thanks to an inheritance from iOS, just hold a certain key (such as "A", for example), and all the accenting options of the letter in question appear.


To optimize your search for special characters and accent learning, enable the keyboard, emoji, and symbol viewers in the menu bar:

System Preferences - Keyboard

  1. Open the System Preferences application.
  2. Select the "Keyboard" option.
  3. Tap the "Keyboard" tab and select the "Show Keyboard, Emoji and Symbols Viewers in menu bar" checkbox.

Keyboard Viewer

With the viewer enabled, by accessing it from the menu bar, you have all the special symbols and keys that your keyboard can access.

Menu bar

Customizing the list

The list of emojis and symbols can be customized according to your needs:

  1. Open Keyboard, Emoji, and Symbol Viewers from the menu bar.
  2. Click the gear symbol () in the toolbar.
  3. Click on "Customize List."
  4. Check the desired checkboxes.

Customizing the Keyboard List, Emojis, and More

Modifier Keys

Contextual menu

The context menu of the menu bar lists the commands that can be applied to a particular application (next to the command), the shortcut keys and their respective functions are presented.


To use a keyboard shortcut, press and hold one or more modifier keys while pressing the last shortcut key. If you are coming to your PC, you are certainly used to Ctrl + C to copy text, for example. On Mac, we work with (Command) to accomplish such a task. Mac menus and keyboards often use symbols for certain keys, including modifier keys:

  • Command =
  • Shift =
  • Option =
  • Control =
  • caps Lock =
  • Function = Fn

Here, worth another tip. If you want to delete text from left to right (Delete key on PC), use Fn + Delete on Mac.

Check out a list of commonly used shortcuts below:

  • C = copy
  • V = necklace
  • X = cut out
  • A = select all
  • B = bold
  • U = underline
  • F = find
  • Z = undo
  • Z = redo
  • Q = terminate application
  • T = new tab
  • W = close tab


  • Fn = Page Up (scrolls up one page)
  • Fn = Page down (scrolls down one page)
  • Fn = Home (goes to the beginning of a document)
  • Fn = End (goes to the end of a document)

Apple has a full list of shortcut keys on its website that can be found on this page.

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