Finding Windows Keys on a Mac Keyboard

A Mac keyboard has many keys that function the same as keys on a Windows keyboard, but that are named differently. Sometimes it can be hard to find out what the correct keys are online, so I created this list to show you what keys used on Windows do the same on a Mac.

Windows Key Mac Key Use
Alt Option Enters special characters, such as ѐ.
Control (Ctrl) Control key on Mac – Command (⌘) Performs actions or shortcuts. Ex. Pressing Ctrl-S or ⌘-S usually saves a document or file.
Num Lock Num LockShift-Clear In some applications, controls whether pressing keys in the numeric keyboard enters numbers or moves the cursor.
Scroll Lock Control-F14 In some applications, controls whether pressing the arrow keys moves the cursor or scrolls in a windows.
Print Screen ⌘-Shift-3⌘-Shift-4 Takes pictures of the screen and saves to clipboard. On Mac, ⌘-Shift-3 takes a picture of the entire screen. ⌘-Shift-4 takes a picture of the part of the screen you select.
Shift Shift Same on both. Allows lowercase letters to become capitalized.

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Written by Robert Carreno

Robert began making video tutorials on YouTube nearly 7 years ago. Teaching Photoshop and Sony Vegas, he's made over 250 video tutorials helping almost 6 million people and has been recognized by Sony. He loves being able to share his knowledge with others and inspiring them to create something awesome.