The Safari Shortcuts Cheat Sheet for Mac

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

ShortcutAction

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 DownScroll down a screen

Shift + Spacebar OR
Page UpScroll up a screen

Cmd + Up Arrow OR
Fn + Left Arrow OR
HomeScroll to top of webpage

Cmd + Down Arrow OR
Fn + Right Arrow OR
EndScroll 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 ArrowGo to next page in history

Cmd + [ OR
Cmd + Left ArrowGo 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 + EFind selected text on page

Cmd + G OR
ReturnMove forward through matching text results

Shift + Cmd + G OR
Shift + ReturnMove 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

Development

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, keep it in top shape with our tips for boosting browser speed and performance and of course, use the shortcuts we’ve listed above.
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