There are several hidden keyboard shortcuts that use the Control key that help you navigate in many Cocoa-based text editing, word processing and e-mail applications, such as Byword, TextEdit, Bean, Apple Mail and more.
Having these shortcuts at your fingertips can really speed up your workflow when working on documents. So if you prefer to keep your hands on the keyboard while working, it’s worth spending the time to memorize these shortcuts.
- Control + A: Moves to the beginning of the paragraph.
- Control + B: Moves the insertion point one character to the left or right (mimics the right arrow key)
- Control + D: Deletes the character to the right of the insertion point.
- Control + E: Moves the insertion point to the end of the paragraph.
- Control + F: Moves the insertion point one character to the right (mimics the left arrow key).
- Control + H: Deletes the character to the left of the insertion point.
- Control + K: Deletes all text to the right of the insertion point to the end of the paragraph.
- Control + N: Moves the insertion point one row down (mimics the down arrow key).
- Control + O: Inserts a hard return at the insertions point (paragraph break). The insertion point remains in the original paragraph.
- Control + P: Moves the insertion point one row up (mimics the up arrow key).
- Option + Delete: Deletes the entire word to the left of the insertion point.
Give these a try in any application where you work with next. Note that these will not work with Microsoft Word – Word has its own set of keyboard shortcuts.
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