The Mac is well known for encouraging people to use keyboard shortcuts and, thanks to Apple’s Human Interface Guidelines, developers program shortcuts into their apps consistently. That way, you can often learn once and expect similar experiences across applications.
Also, as you explore application menus to learn their shortcuts, you can start practicing a shortcut without leaving the menu it’s in. This differs from Windows, where keyboard shortcuts are nonfunctional while a menu is open.
Plus, did you know you’re not limited to the shortcuts that come with each application? Where a shortcut you want doesn’t exist, it’s really easy to create your own.
When creating shortcuts, a custom shortcut will always take precedence over a default shortcut. Also, it’s vital that you type the menu title exactly, including uppercase and lowercase letters and any other characters. To access the ellipsis character, don’t just type three periods; press Option+Semicolon.
Let me know if you’re struggling with setting a custom keyboard shortcut. I’m happy to help.