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Mavericks 10.9

Mac 101: Force Quitting Apps

If an application becomes unresponsive and “frozen”, it is sometimes helpful to “Force Quit” the application.  To do so, simultaneously press Esc+Option+Command on your keyboard

This will pull up the Force Quit Window

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You can now select which application you wish to “Relaunch”

Alternatively, you can select “Force Quit…” from the Apple Menu to quit the currently active application.

Force Quit menu

Mac 101: Searching Shortcut + Quick App Launcher

Press Command+Space on your keyboard and the spotlight search bar will appear in the upper right hand corner of your computer screen.

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Start typing to search for an app, document, image or file and your results will start to autocomplete the search field with suggestions:

Example: Searching for Safari

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Select your choice with your mouse or by pressing the down and up arrows on your keyboard and the press return key to open your desired app or document.

If you select a document or image, a “Quick Look” version will appear to the left of the column so you can see if you are opening the correct file.

Spotlight Quicklook


Mac101: “Quick Look” with Spacebar

To take a “Quick Look” at a file without launching the application:
Highlight your file and press the Space Bar on your keyboard

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This will create a large thumbnail of document/picture without launching the application it was created with:
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Additionally, you can press the down and up arrows on your keyboard to browse files and folders in a via “Quick Look”.
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Mac101: Quick App Switching

You can quickly switch between open applications by pressing Cmd+Tab on your keyboard.

Press once and the last open app will appear.

Hold the Cmd key down and press Tab multiple times to select one of your open apps.


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