Command key

Updated: 03/01/2018 by Computer Hope

Apple command keyAlternatively referred to as the beanie key, cloverleaf key, cmd key, open Apple key, or command, the command key is a key created by Susan Kare that is found on all Apple keyboards. The picture is an example of what this key looks like on the Apple keyboard next to the control and option keys.

Tip: Users who are not familiar with the Apple Macintosh, but are familiar with IBM compatible computers, can relate this key to the Microsoft Windows key. If you have a Windows keyboard on an Apple computer, the Windows key becomes the command key.

Command keyboard shortcuts

Below is a listing of Command key shortcuts that work most Apple macOS programs.

Command+A These two keys will select all text or other objects.
Command+B Bold highlighted text.
Command+C Copy any selected text or other objects. See the Control C page for further information.
Command+F Open find.
Command+I Italicize text.
Command+K Create a hyperlink for the highlighted text in Microsoft Word and many HTML editors.
Command+N Create a new page or document.
Command+O Open a file in most programs.
Command+P Open print window to print page you're viewing.
Command+R Show or hide the ruler.
Command+S Save the document or file.
Command+U Underline selected text.
Command+V Paste any text or other objects that has been copied.
Command+X Cut selected text or other objects.
Command+Z Pressing these two keys will undo any action.
Command+Delete Delete a selected file or folder.

Tip: See our shortcut key list for a full listing of all shortcuts.

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