Preferences, Keyboard & Mouse

This will show the shortcuts that are setup – you want to find the Keyboard Navigation section.
Under that you will find ‘Move focus to the menu bar’ and see the shortcut key assigned to it.

Note – the shortcut keys are normall F keys (F2, F5, etc…) and won’t work unless you set your f keys to do their normal functions rather than control brightness, volume, etc.

Another great way to do it is to simply hit cmd + ? which brings up the spotlight search

From here, you can simply type the command name you want (i.e. for File, Open, you would simply type Open), and the menu containing that command immediately opens, highlighting the command you just typed.

Once the Spotlight finder is open, you also can simply use the arrow keys to move back over to the left and select the menus you need.

Mac shortcut nomenclature:

^ = Ctrl


Command + Tab = cycle through open applications

Command + Spacebar = open search / spotlight

Shift + Control + Power button = puts all displays in sleep mode

Command + Shift + G = in Finder, opens prompt to go to specific folder

Command + Bracket = command + [ goes to the previous folder, command + ] goes to next folder

Option + Shift + Command + V = paste and match formatting (or in some uses, paste without formatting)

Command + Shift + Z = Redo

Command + Accent (`) = cycle through open windows (or tabs) in the currently open application.


Macintosh keyboard shortcuts
Mac keyboard shortcuts
Access the file menu in mac
OS X keyboard shortcuts