We all know, when we are not happy with how things work we changed it. Sometimes it’s  about our behaviour towards something, sometimes we just need to learn more about it.


I’ve found myself struggling with typing and using the trackpad of my Mac far too slow. It annoyed me that I couldn’t access folders quicker, or reply faster to emails, because of my lack of orientation when it comes to opening several programs at one time. Gross and terribly inefficient!!!
That’s why I want to share some useful skills with you; I use now to make my life easier + more efficient.

Word translation

Just select the word that needs to be translated, or you want to look up by pressing
ctrl + cmd + d (for dictionary)


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Organisation of your Inbox and your

Some of them are already well-known, others have never been used and seemed quite useful for me. Have a look at these:

  • New message – command + N
  • Send message – command + shift + D
  • Forward message – command + shift + F
    (extremely helpful, when facing the fact how many emails we are forwarding every day!)
  • Flag a message – command+ shift + L
    (everyone who doesn’t want to disappear into chaos needs this shortcut!)
  • Reply all – command + shift + R
    (I don’t know how you are feeling, but I ALWAYS keep forgetting to reply to all, I respond to one instead – haha)
  • Mark as Junk Mail – command + shift + J 

Shortcuts for documents

I catch myself a lot of the time scrolling up and down, when changing sentences or words into a more bold/italic style or if I only want to underline a passage. This habit can be left behind with these helpful keyboard combinations:

  • turn boldfacing on/off or boldface a text –  command +B 
  • turn italics on/off or italise a text –  command + I
  • turn underlining on or off or underline a text  – command + U


50/50 Shortcuts

Half the people know about them, half don’t. After getting used to these shortcuts, I’ll never survive without them anymore!

  • Spotlight search – Command + space bar 

Searching for something quickly? Use spotlight!

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  • Quick look – space bar 

If you want to preview a picture select it and press space bar. It will appear simultaneously.

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  • Individually selected screenshot – Command + shift + 4

Very helpful, if the bigger picture is – in fact-  too big.

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