Everything you can do with the 'Option' and 'Shift' keys on your Mac — 2022
When a user lands on Mac surely some things squeak quite a lot. This happens especially when you come from Windows where, for example, the keyboard is very different, since on Mac we have the 'Command' or 'Option' keys. In this article we are going to delve a little into the 'Shift' and 'Option' keys and the utilities they can have.
Where are the 'Option' and 'Shift' keys
If we want to be as efficient as possible with our Mac, we must get used to using the different quick functions that we have in the operating system. To do so, you have to become familiar with some keys such as Shift and Option, which are tremendously useful on a day-to-day basis.
If you are new to Mac and coming from Windows the first thing you will see is that there is no 'Alt' key. Actually yes it is included but not it is called 'Alt' but 'Option' . Two of these keys are included on the Apple keyboard, one at the bottom left and one next to the arrow keys.
The 'Shift' key is the one we find in some Windows as 'Shift'. Apple represents this key as an arrow pointing up below the caps lock/unlock.
Quick functions with 'Shift'
At first we can think that the 'shift' key only has the function of capitalizing a word while we are pressing it, but it goes much further. It is true that the 'Command' key has a clear role in macOS to perform most everyday functions such as copying and pasting. But the truth is that it goes much further, having quick functions in combination with the Alt key. For example, when editing documents we can use the Shift key to be able to select specific text by following the following commands:
But together with the 'Command' key we can have at our disposal many other options within the operating system, such as opening 'Go to the folder...', or opening the AirDrop window among many other possibilities. Among these we can highlight the following:
Shortcuts with 'Option'
With the 'Option' key we find less interesting shortcuts that you can use in your operating system.
As you can see, having a knowledge of all these commands will save us a lot of time when working with our Mac in documents or simply to move around in the Finder or in general through the system.