Quick update before we jump into today’s post!

I just received one of the best compliments I think I could get. You know I’m pretty big into secret projects. I’m working on another one at the moment, which I’ll announce in a few weeks but I also started toying with the idea of an additional one on top of that this morning. I told a few editor friends about it to get their opinions and one of them said, “Dude, when do you sleep?”

That made me laugh pretty hard. I don’t know why but I find that to be oddly satisfying. Maybe you can help me out and tell me why you think so in the comments? On with today’s post!

I love shortcuts. If you follow me on Twitter then you know I tweet out a #ShortcutOfTheDay Monday-Friday around 9:00AM. Somewhere between 4% and 14% of all browser usage is through Safari. I’m in the small minority of the world that uses it. However I absolutely love Safari’s bookmarks bar and reading list features. I love how they both transfer over automatically to my iPhone too. I also learned a ton of shortcuts for Safari a long time ago and am not up to learning Chrome or another browser at the moment.

So that’s why we’re here today. I want to share with you every Safari shortcut I know. I believe in learning shortcuts not only in your NLE but also in every program you use. I bet you probably spend as much time clicking around the web as you do editing (you’re reading this right now, right??). So why not get faster with your browsing skills?

A lot of what I’m going to cover can be used in other browsers so you might find this post useful even if you don’t use Safari. For example, Cmd+Q will quit pretty much every program on a Mac. Since Safari is mostly focused around Mac-users I’m just going to give the Mac shortcuts even though it’s apparently available for PCs.

The shortcuts are broken up into three sections and I’ve bolded my favorite ones.


New Window – Cmd+N

New Tab – Cmd+T

New Private Window (like an Incognito Window in Chrome) – Cmd+Shift+N

Close Tab – Cmd+W

Quit Safari – Cmd+Q

Minimize Safari – Cmd+M

Hide Safari – Cmd+H

Refresh/Reload Page – Cmd+R

Zoom In – Cmd+= (equals)

Zoom Out – Cmd+- (minus)

Open Preferences – Cmd+, (comma)

Open Link in New Tab – Cmd+Click (turn this on in the Tabs tab in Preferences)

Open Link in New Window – Cmd+Opt+Click


Cycle Through Tabs – Cmd+Shift+Left/Right Arrows

Cycle Through Tabs – Ctrl+Tab and Ctrl+Shift+Tab

Cycle Through Windows – Cmd+` (accent/tilde key)

Show All Tabs – Cmd+Shift+\

Go Back a Page – Cmd+[

Go Forward a Page – Cmd+]

Go to Home Page – Cmd+Shift+H

Bookmarks, Reading List and Other Features

Activate URL Bar – Cmd+L

Add Bookmark – Cmd+D

Show/Hide Bookmarks Bar – Cmd+Shift+B

Edit Bookmarks Bar – Cmd+Opt+B

Show/Hide Status Bar – Cmd+/

Open Sidebar (Access to Bookmarks, Reading List and Shared Links) – Cmd+Shift+L

Send Current Page to Reading List – Cmd+Shift+D

Show Top Sites – Cmd+Opt+1

Show History – Cmd+Opt+2

Open Bookmark #1, #2, …#9 – Cmd+1, 2, …9

Summing Up

I hope you found this post on every shortcut I know in Safari helpful. If you know any more of them leave ’em in the comments! Also, if you liked this kind of post and want me to make more of them for other software let me know in the comments as well!

Thanks as always for reading. I’ll see you on Friday with a new tutorial!

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