MacOS Keyboard Shortcut Customizations

Written on September 28, 2014 |

Custom keyboard shortcuts that I find useful.

Maximize Windows

Open System Preferences > Keyboard > Shortcuts > App Shortcuts.

To maximize the currently focused window, add the following.

  • Menu Title: Zoom
  • Keyboard Shortcut: Control + Option + ⌘ + M


It’s also useful to be able to tab through the buttons in dialogs (e.g., an OK/Cancel modal dialog). I’m not sure why this is disabled by default in MacOS, but it can be enabled by navigating to System Preferences > Keyboard > Shortcuts and selecting ‘All Controls’ for the Full Keyboard Access input at the bottom.

F11, F12, Ctrl + ←, Ctrl + →

Open System Preferences > Keyboard > Shortcuts > Mission Control. Uncheck the following so that these keys can be used in applications:

  • Show Desktop (F11)
  • Show Dashboard (F12)
  • Move left a space (Ctrl + ←)
  • Move right a space (Ctrl + →)