Apple Keyboard: Where's the Mac Command Key?

Where is the Command key on the Apple Mac, how do you find it on the MacBook keyboard, and which key does it replace on a Windows keyboard? These questions come up quickly when you want to understand instructions or a guide to keyboard shortcuts under Mac OS X or macOS. So are you reading from somewhere Mac command key or the Apple command key, then you will find the explanation below - also with regard to various shortcuts with the key as well as with the Mac Option key and others of their kind.

The Mac command key is located on the Apple keyboard between the alt / option and space key. It is the cmd or command key with the symbol ⌘.

The Mac command key is located on the Apple keyboard between the alt / option and space key. It is the cmd or command key with the symbol ⌘.

Mac command key: cmd, command, ⌘

If you're wondering which key on the Apple keyboard is the Mac Command key, you'll find it right between the Option key (option, alt, ⌥) and the space key. Depending on the age of the keyboard or MacBook, the key next to the symbol ⌘ includes the abbreviation cmd or its long version “command”. By the way: If you use a Windows keyboard, the Windows symbol is assigned to the command key for macOS.

The MacBook Pro Command Key (2012 model)

The MacBook Pro Command Key (2012 model)

Here is an overview of the features of the Mac Command key:

  • It is the cmd or command key
  • You will find the symbol ⌘ on it
  • The position: between the option key (alt) and the space

What is the button good for?

The command key or cmd key is the starting point for key combinations and shortcuts in the system and in individual apps under Mac OS X and macOS from Apple. It is therefore just as important as the control key (Ctrl) on the Windows keyboard. Here is a small selection of the possible uses:

  • Command + C: Copy
  • Command + V: Paste
  • Command + X: Cut
  • Command + Z: Undo / Undo
  • Command + F: Find
  • Command + O: Open file
  • Command + P: Print
  • Command + S: Save / Save
  • Command + Q: Quit a App
  • Command + W: Close the top window of an app
  • Other helpful shortcuts: Apple Support HT201236
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  1. Diana says:

    I want to erase all data from my 1985 iMac. However, pressing Disk Utility with the CMD and R keys doesn't work. What else can I do? I no longer have a CD and I can't access the Internet either.

    • Jen Kleinholz says:

      Hello Diana! The key combination doesn't work on the old Macs, that's true. 1985 is already a Methuselah iMac. If you want to dispose of it, I would just drill out the internal hard drive, pierce it with a metal drill bit, and take it to e-waste. If you still want to sell the iMac, I would create a new user, delete the old one and then check again to see if there is any personal data anywhere. Then put them in the trash and then empty them. Finally, you can load a large file from the Internet and simply duplicate it until the hard drive is almost full. This overwrites the old data on the disk so that it can no longer be restored.

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