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The following are some useful general purpose keyboard navigation and mouse/touchpad selection shortcuts that should work in most applications and that many people are not aware of.

Keyboard Navigation

You don't have to keep reaching for the mouse/touchpad to move your cursor!

Note that the following keys: <>,<>, <>, and <>, are referring to the arrow keys on your keyboard.

Move by word: ~ Windows / Linux: < 🠘 or 🠚">>

  Mac: <<keys "Option > 🠘 or  🠚">>

  Hold down <<keys "Shift">> at the same time to select the word (or multiple consecutive words).

Delete word to left of cursor: ~ Windows / Linux: < Backspace">>

 Mac: <<keys "Option > Delete">>

Delete word to right of cursor: ~ Windows / Linux: < Delete">>

 Mac: <<keys "Fn > Option > Delete">>

Jump to start or end of the current line: ~ Windows / Linux: <> or <>

  Mac: <<keys "Command > 🠘 or  🠚">>

 Hold down <<keys "Shift">> to select from the current cursor position.

Jump to top or bottom of current page/screen (varies by application): ~ Windows / Linux: <> or <>

  Mac: <<keys "Fn > 🠙 or 🠛">>

 Hold down <<keys "Shift">> to select from the current cursor position.

Jump to top or bottom of file/document: ~ Windows / Linux: < Home">> or < End">>

  Mac: <<keys "Command > 🠙 or 🠛">>

 Hold down <<keys "Shift">> to select from the current cursor position.

Try to get into the habit of using keyboard shortcuts when editing text rather than reaching for the mouse/touchpad. You will be a lot more efficient that way.

Mouse/Touchpad Selection

Select a word: ~ Double click the word.
Select consecutive words: ~ Double click the first word and then drag while holding down the mouse button.

    This is more efficient than the standard 'click and drag' selection since it automatically selects entire words --- you don't need to be as precise with the mouse/trackpad.
    
    This should be your default selection technique since most of the time you will want to select entire words.

Select a line/paragraph: ~ Triple click the any where in the line/paragraph.

Extend/shrink a selection: ~ Hold down <> and drag.

    You can extend/shrink the selection by a single word by clicking the word while <<keys Shift>> is held down.

    This technique is useful if you missed your intended end target.  You don't need to start the selection again --- just extend/shrink it.

Mac Finder Shortcuts

These are useful features that have no corresponding buttons or menus (or these features are hidden by default) so knowing the shortcut keys is very useful.

Go to home folder: < Shift > H ">>

Go to a specific path: < Shift > G ">>

Go to parent folder: < 🠙">>

Toggle hidden files/folders: < Shift > .">>

Create new folder: < Shift > N">>