Mac OS X Tips & Tricks – #2 (Using the Dock with you keyboard)

If you want to use the Dock without your mouse, press Ctlr+Fn+F3 on your keyboard. This will pop the Dock up (if it’s hidden) and will navigate to the leftmost item on the Dock. You can then use the right/left arrows on your keyboard to navigate between the Dock items.

To open one of the items in the Dock while the focus is on the item, press the Space or the Enter key.

To open the context menu for that item while the focus is on it, press the Up arrow on your keyboard.

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3 thoughts on “Mac OS X Tips & Tricks – #2 (Using the Dock with you keyboard)

  1. i was looking for this trick exactly, so thanks a lot for posting it here. i have to say, though, this “shortcut” is actually not a shortcut… pressing all three at the same time requires one to take his/her hands off the keyboard anyway. so this doesn’t speed things up at all… anyway, thanks for posting…

    • @Kara, thanks for your reply. I think it’s only useful for people who don’t want to touch a mouse/trackpad. So while working with the keyboard, you can simply press the buttons on it to pop the Dock up without having to switch between the keyboard and the mouse/trackpad.

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