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We wanted to name this page: “Handy Shortcuts,” – but they are WAY more than just handy. They are absolutely necessary.

Learn – and use ALL of these.

Select all

Universal

+A

This shortcut works in just about every program. If you’re dealing with text, set your cursor within the text and use the shortcut. It will do as it says: select all of the text.

If you set your cursor inside a text field, it will often use that as a scope – but not always.

If you are in a graphics program, it will likely select all of the shapes on the canvas.

Find

Universal

+F

If you’re ever looking for something, click on whatever window or areas you are looking at, and find it!

This works great for searching web pages and most apps will also have something in place to help you navigate based on text input. If you are looking for something in your program/text document, go ahead and search the page.

Sublime Text

+K+B

This is a weird one. It’s unusual to use 2 letters. But it should help remind you to add one key at a time. Don’t just press them all at the same time. It’s like a fun secret lock!

Note: if there is nothing open (no active folder or files…) (just one file) – it’s not going to toggle!

Go to anything

Sublime Text

+P

There’s nothing wrong with taking a look at your text editor’s sidebar. You’ll want to get well acquainted with the file structure. But once you’ve got that down, you can close that sidebar and get to any file really fast with this shortcut. You don’t even need to type a whole word. Are you looking for something in styles/components/thing.css ? Well, try typing sc or something. It will find what you want.

Place multiple cursors

Sublime Text

Place your cursor some|where. Now, hold ⌘ and then place your cursor in m|any more plac|es. Let go of ⌘ and start typing.

Select multiple instances (Quick Add Next)

Sublime Text

+D

First, select a piece of text. Then use the shortcut. Each subsequent use will find and select another instance as it moves down the page.

Protip: If you are trying to select class='item' – instead of selecting that, select a little more. This way, it won’t pick up the word “item” in other places. Try something like class='item'

Open Spotlight

Finder

+spacebar

If you don’t have Alfred, then luckily for you – Apple introduced “Spotlight” in 2005. It’s a simple search input that lets you find files and applications with just a few keystrokes.

Move to trash

Finder

+delete

When a file or folder (or group of items) are selected, you can whisk them away to the trash. It’s healthy.

Empty trash

Finder

+shift+delete

After you ditched a bunch of that unneeded stuff (thank you for your service), send it away!

You’ll get a little dialog and one last chance to change your mind. Hit return to make it official (not to return it).

Toggle Developer Tools

Web Browser

+option+I

There are many ways to get this thing open, but – we find that the shortcut is fast and easy.

Note: You can position this set of tools in many ways. We suggest you nest it on the right side of the browser.

Open incognito window

Web Browser

+shift+N

When running a lighthouse score, it’s recommended that you do it in an “incognito” window. That’s because it will any browser extensions from interfering with the report/score.

This is also great for when you want to let Google know that you are looking at things that you wish were secret.

Your activity might still be visible to:

  • Websites you visit
  • Your employer or school
  • Your internet service provider

Text Tool

Affinity Designer

T

To switch to the text too, you can just hit T. Also, there are 2 text tools. If already selected, hitting T again will toggle between them.

Half to the left

Divvy

+option+

Try this shortcut with each of the arrow keys (assuming you have Divvy and set up the shortcuts!)

2/3rds to the left

Divvy

+control+

Try this shortcut with each of the arrow keys (assuming you have Divvy and set up the shortcuts!)

Hard refresh

Web Browser

+shift+R

This will clear the cache and then refresh.

(we’ll put a link to ‘why’)

Also: note: Safari uses that same shortcut for “reader” – because they are fucking assholes. So, for them – it is: ⌘ + ⌥ + E

Swap fill and stroke focus

Affinity Designer

X

In most graphics programs, there are two little color circles that represent the currently selected colors to implement. One is for fill and one is for stroke. Tapping x will switch which one is focused, so that when you choose a color – it will apply to the one you want.

Swap fill and stroke color

Affinity Designer

shift+X

In most graphics programs, there are two little color circles that represent the currently selected colors to implement. One is for fill and one is for stroke. Tapping x will switch which one is focused, so that when you choose a color – it will apply to the one you want.

Export (Save for Web)

Affinity Designer

+option+shift+S

This is a hefty shortcut – but Affinity probably followed suit because Adobe used it for its “Save for Web” option.

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