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.

Written by Robert Carreno

Robert began making video tutorials on YouTube nearly 12 years ago. Teaching Photoshop and Sony Vegas, he's made over 250 video tutorials helping over 10 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.

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