Mac Productivity

The Safari Shortcuts Cheat Sheet for Mac

Akshata Shanbhag 07-12-2019

Safari is one of the best browsers for Mac users and beats Chrome on many counts.


Have you decided to stick with this native macOS app for browsing? Then it’s time to take your Safari experience a notch or two higher by adding a few choice shortcuts to your workflow. Take your pick from the shortcuts we’ve compiled in the cheat sheet below. (Using them all is even better!)

The cheat sheet contains several keyboard shortcuts as well as link-based shortcuts for handling tabs, bookmarks, webpage content, and more. These shortcuts can save you loads of time as you surf the web.

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The Safari Shortcuts Cheat Sheet for Mac

Tab and Window Management
Cmd + NOpen new window
Shift + Cmd + NOpen new private window
Cmd + TOpen new tab
Option + Cmd + TOpen new tab at end of tab bar
¹Cmd + LSelect address bar content
¹Cmd + ReturnOpen address bar URL in new background tab
Shift + Cmd + ReturnOpen address bar URL in new foreground tab
²Cmd + clickOpen link in new background tab
²Option + Cmd + clickOpen link in new background window
²Shift + Cmd + clickOpen link in new foreground tab
²Option + Shift + Cmd + clickOpen link in new foreground window
³Cmd + MMinimize current window
Cmd + WClose current tab
Option + Cmd + WClose all tabs except current tab
Shift + Cmd + WClose current window
Option + Shift + Cmd + WClose all windows
⁴Cmd + Shift + TReopen last closed tab/window
Control + Tab OR
Shift + Cmd + ]
Switch to next tab
Shift + Control + Tab OR
Shift + Cmd + [
Switch to previous tab
⁵Cmd + 1/2/…Switch to first tab/second tab/…
Cmd + 9Switch to last tab i.e. tab at end of tab bar
⁶Option + Cmd + 1,2..9Open first/second/… bookmark listed under Favorites
Shift + Cmd + \Toggle Tab Overview
Option + click Close buttonClose all tabs except tab whose close button you clicked
Cmd + QQuit Safari
Webpage Content
Up ArrowScroll up
Down ArrowScroll down
Left ArrowScroll left
Right ArrowScroll right
Option + Arrow keyScroll in larger increments
Spacebar OR
Page Down
Scroll down a screen
Shift + Spacebar OR
Page Up
Scroll up a screen
Cmd + Up Arrow OR
Fn + Left Arrow OR
Scroll to top of webpage
Cmd + Down Arrow OR
Fn + Right Arrow OR
Scroll to bottom of webpage
Cmd + +Zoom in on webpage content
Cmd + -Zoom out of webpage content
Option + Cmd + +Make webpage text bigger
Option + Cmd + -Make webpage text smaller
Cmd + 0Restore webpage content to default size
Cmd + RReload webpage
Option + Cmd + RReload webpage from origin i.e. without using browser cache
Cmd + .Stop webpage from loading
Cmd + ] OR
Cmd + Right Arrow
Go to next page in history
Cmd + [ OR
Cmd + Left Arrow
Go to previous page in history
Hold Back/Forward toolbar buttonView history of current tab in a list
Shift + Cmd + HGo to homepage
Option + Cmd + SSearch results SnapBack
Cmd + FFind text on page
Cmd + F
Cmd + E
Find selected text on page
Cmd + G OR
Move forward through matching text results
Shift + Cmd + G OR
Shift + Return
Move backward through matching text results
Reading and Bookmarks - I
Shift + Cmd + RToggle Reader view for current webpage
Cmd + DSave current webpage as bookmark
Shift + Cmd + DAdd current webpage to Reading List
⁷Option + Cmd + Down ArrowLoad next Reading List item
⁷Option + Cmd + Up ArrowLoad previous Reading List item
Click bookmark in sidebar or double-click in Bookmarks EditorOpen bookmark
Shift + clickAdd linked page to Reading List
Cmd + click folder in Favorites barOpen all bookmarks from folder
Drag bookmark to left/right in Favorites barMove bookmark
Drag bookmark off Favorites barRemove bookmark
⁸Reading and Bookmarks - II
⁹Cmd + clickSelect/deselect bookmark/folder
¹⁰Shift + clickSelect multiple bookmarks/folders
Cmd + double-clickOpen bookmark in new background tab
Option + Cmd + double-clickOpen bookmark in new background window
Shift + Cmd + double-clickOpen bookmark in new foreground tab
Option + Shift + Cmd + double-clickOpen bookmark in new foreground window
SpacebarOpen selected bookmark OR
Toggle contents of selected bookmark folder
Right ArrowOpen selected folder
Left ArrowClose selected folder
ReturnHighlight name of selected bookmark/folder for editing OR
Finish editing name of bookmark/folder
DeleteDeleted selected bookmark/folder
Browser Layout and Views
³Cmd + ,Open Preferences
Shift + Cmd + BToggle Favorites bar
Cmd + /Toggle status bar
Shift + Cmd + LToggle sidebar
Control + Cmd + 1Toggle Bookmarks sidebar
Control + Cmd + 2Toggle Reading List sidebar
Shift + Cmd + \Toggle Tab Overview
¹¹Option + Cmd + LToggle Downloads
Option + Cmd + BShow Bookmarks Editor
Control + Cmd + FToggle Full Screen view
Cmd + YShow browser history
EscQuit Full Screen mode OR
Quit Reader View
Option + Cmd + RToggle Responsive Design mode
Option + Cmd + IShow Web Inspector
Option + Shift + Cmd + IConnect Web Inspector
Option + Cmd + CShow JavaScript Console
Option + Cmd + UShow Page Source
Option + Cmd + AShow Page Resources
Option +Shift + Cmd + TStart/stop timeline recording
Shift + Cmd + CStart/stop element selection
Option + Cmd + EEmpty browser caches
Other Shortcuts
Cmd + OOpen file
Option + click file linkDownload linked file
Double-click file in Downloads listOpen downloaded file
Cmd + IEmail link to current page

¹Use Cmd + L and Cmd + Return in that order to duplicate current tab quickly.

²Shortcut works with bookmarks in Favorites bar also.

³Shortcut works in other macOS apps also.

⁴The Undo shortcut Cmd + Z also works as long as the Close Tab action was the most recent one. Neither shortcut can reopen private browsing tabs and windows.

⁵Shortcut works only for first eight tabs from left.

⁶Shortcut works only for first nine tabs from left. Folders and bookmarks within them don’t count.

⁷Shortcut works only when Reading List sidebar is open.

⁸Shortcuts work in Bookmarks Sidebar and Bookmarks Editor.

⁹Shortcut also lets you select multiple, non-contiguous bookmarks/folders.

¹⁰Shortcut works with contiguous bookmarks only.

¹¹Shortcut does not work when Downloads list is empty.

Personalize Safari for a Better Workflow

Despite being less versatile than popular browsers like Chrome, Firefox, and Opera, Safari remains the top choice for Mac users thanks to its seamless integration with macOS.


To make the best of Safari, personalize it with our Safari customization guide The Ultimate Guide to Customizing Safari on Mac Make Safari an even better browser for your Mac by customizing it. Here's how to tweak it to your liking. Read More , keep it in top shape with our tips for boosting browser speed and performance and of course, use the shortcuts we’ve listed above.

Related topics: Cheat Sheet, Keyboard Shortcuts, Safari Browser.

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