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F-key shortcuts for Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard

17 March 2011 6,404 views 2 Comments

I’m a huge fan of keyboard shortcuts because reaching for the mouse only slows me down. So, when I find some new (and useful) keyboard shortcuts, I feel compelled to share and here are couple easy ways to access System Preferences without resorting to your Mac’s mouse.

While holding the option key, press the…

Once You Know, You Newegg• The F1 or F2 key to open System Preferences > Displays

• The F3 or F4 key to open System Preferences > Exposé/Spaces

• Mute, Volume Up or Down key to open System Preferences > Sound

See also:
How to: Create a keyboard shortcut
— How to: Special character keyboard shortcuts in OS X
LiteSwitch: The best Mac app switcher
How to: Cycle all open windows in Exposé

Although these Option + f-key shortcuts give you direct access to the Sound and Exposé/Spaces preference pane, you can use to bring up System Preferences and then go to the specific pane you need. That is, as your left hand brings up System Preferences, your right hand can be reaching for the mouse — two motions at once, one hand washing the other, saving time.

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