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Pwn your Mac with the best OS X keyboard shortcuts

Mac OS X keyboard shortcuts are a quick and efficient way to execute various commands without ever needing to leave the keyboard to fiddle with a mouse or touchpad. If you master them, they’re one of the few things that can make using your Mac even easier than it already is. The only problem is there are hundreds of different key combinations, and few of us have the mental capacity to remember them all. The good news is that memorizing every single one is neither necessary nor practical.

So rather than just listing all the Mac OS X keyboard shortcuts for you, we’ve taken the time to pick out the keyboard shortcuts that are most likely to be useful to you on a regular basis – and a few that are just plain cool.  We’re guessing you’re already familiar with the standard stuff (command+C, command+V, command+S, etc.), so to kick things off, we’ll start with a list of ten awesome ones you may not know about.

command+space

Open Spotlight

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command+shift+4

Capture custom screenshot

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command+control+D

Define highlighted word 

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command+control+option+eject 

Shut down (opens confirmation dialog)

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command+shift+delete

Empty trash (opens confirmation dialog)

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command+option+control+8

Invert screen colors

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option+shift+F11/F12

Change volume in smaller increments

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option+shift+F1/F2

Change brightness in smaller increments

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shift+F3 OR shift+F4

slow down OS X’s snappy animation

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command+shift+8

Solves a highlighted math problem (eg: 3.14*1.618)

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Pretty awesome, right? Well guess what – that’s is only the tip of the iceberg. OS X has a boatload of other keyboard shortcuts that you can use to speed up your workflow. For the full list, head over to page two.

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