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How to Navigate your Mac Faster using Handy Dock Icon Shortcuts

Dock icon Shortcuts
Written by Hassan Abbas

Dock icon Shortcut Mac: There are many ways to use shortcuts on your Mac. Using lots of common keyboard shortcuts to those that help you to navigate webpage faster. However, you’ve tons of choices.

Using some essential keyboard shortcuts for your, Dock is an additional way your Dock can help you do things quicker. And for those new to macOS maybe you don’t realize they exist. Here’s how you can navigate your Mac faster using Dock icon shortcuts.

Right-Tap or Control and Tap

If you aren’t yet mastered how to right-tap on your Mac. Then you can always hold your Control key and tap an item. However, It provides you the same results.

So either right-tap or Control and tap the following Dock icons for their shortcut menus.

  • Finder
  • System Preferences
  • Launchpad
  • Mail
  • Safari and other browsers
  • Third-party apps
  • Messages and Calendar

Finder Shortcuts

There are many shortcuts available using the Finder icon in your Dock. However, these allow you to quickly open a new Finder window. Simply create a Smart Folder, move to a particular folder on your Mac. Also, open a recent Finder window, display all of your Finder windows, or find something you want.

You can also view your open Finder windows at the top of the shortcut menu to move to one of them with a tap.

System Preferences Shortcuts

Besides opening your System Preferences from the Dock or tapping Apple icon > System Preferences from the menu bar. Also, navigating to the spot you want, just access the shortcut menu from the Dock.

All of the choices available in your System Preferences are shown clean in alphabetical order. This enables you to head directly to those preferences you want.

Launchpad Shortcuts

Launchpad on Mac provides you a cool way to view all of your apps and utilities. But you can choose any one of those from the Launchpad shortcut menu without opening Launchpad.

If you have many apps on your Mac, you can then use the arrows at the top and bottom. Just to move between them just by hovering your cursor over one.

This is quite handy because you can remove the Applications folder in your Dock to store space and use the Launchpad shortcut menu if you like.

Mail Shortcuts

The shortcuts for Mail are convenient. You can also get your new mail, open the viewer window, or compose an email with a simple tap.

In addition, the mailbox you have currently choose in Mail will seem at the top of the shortcut window so you can also navigate to it fastly.

Messages and Calendar shortcuts

Using the Messages shortcut menu from the Dock icon. You can tap to create a new message or view any unread messages you’ve.

And using Calendar, you can also create a new event.

Safari and Other Browser Shortcuts

If you have icons for Safari, Firefox, Chrome, or another browser in your Dock, you can then open a new window or a private window using the shortcut menu. Also, if you’re one of the browsers open already, you can then view the open, active tab and jump to it.

Third-party App Shortcuts

You can also keep other app icons in your Dock that aren’t part of the Mac app collection. They are like Microsoft Word, Excel, Slack, or another email app like Spark.

They also offer some shortcuts in their menus as well. For example, Excel’s shortcut menu allows me to tap to maximize my open spreadsheets. Also, mouse-over and reopen a recent one.

So make sure to provide a third-party app icon a right-tap or Control. Also, tap click to view what kind of shortcuts it offers.


Well, It’s the best way to learn about the latest shortcuts that end up becoming a part of your daily ritual. However, hopefully, these Dock icon shortcuts will do that for you too!

Do you have any essential shortcuts for Mac that you think our readers could use? Make sure that many people are brand new to Mac. So something you think is small as an experienced macOS user could be really essential to a newbie.

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About the author

Hassan Abbas

Tech enthusiast with too many items on his wish-list and not nearly enough money! Specializing in all things tech, with a slight Apple bent he has been writing for various blogs for the best part of (too many) years

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