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The "Apple key" a.k.a "Command key"

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Christoph Reichenberger

Founder ergonis

What is the Apple key?

KeyCue - Keyboard shortcuts for Mac OS X The "Apple key", also known as the "Command key" is a key available on every Mac keyboard. It is usually labelled with the Apple logo and a cloverleaf sign - on some keyboards also just with the word "command".

What do we need the Apple key for?

The primary goal of the Apple key is to execute menu commands without the need to move your hand off the keyboard. If you hold down the Apple key and then press another key on your keyboard, the corresponding menu command will be executed.

For example, Command-'N' will create a new document and Command-'S' will save the current document in most applications.

Why are keyboard shortcuts useful?

Since we are spending much time in front of our computers, we want to work as efficiently as possible to save time.

Keyboard shortcuts are supposed to provide quick access to frequently used menu commands. Many of them can be executed by pressing the Apple key together with other keys.

How is KeyCue concerned with the Apple key?

An average Mac OS X application has 40 to 80 keyboard shortcuts. But honestly: How many of them do you really know by heart? Here comes KeyCue to help!

KeyCue helps you find, remember and learn keyboard shortcuts. Once you have KeyCue installed, just hold down the Apple key and a concise table of all available shortcuts of the current application will immediately be displayed.

That's it – just hold down the Apple key and KeyCue shows you what to do. After some time you will automatically remember your most used shortcuts. themes

KeyCue has received a lot of great feedback

KeyCue is extremely useful. I've also found it to be a great 'cheat sheet' that actually helps me learn the keyboard shortcuts.

MacWorld Magazine, 08-2006

KeyCue is such a simple idea but is so useful. I'm surprised Apple hasn't bought it up.

James Buerk, Platteville, CO, USA

I've only been using KeyCue for ten minutes and already I think it is one of the greatest little apps ever! sApple should pay you big bucks and include it in their operating system.

Tom Donaldson, Brookings, OR, USA

Get more information about KeyCue here.

Using shortcuts made easy with KeyCue

There are many essential and useful shortcuts out there, you just have to use them. KeyCue is here to help.