General Navigation - Keyboard Shortcuts

Many menu items in MacPractice have a keyboard shortcut. The table outlines which keys on the keyboard are represented by which symbols in the menu. For example, the File menu displays "⌘P†’" next to the Print menu item. The Command-P shortcut opens the Print menu.

Keyboard shortcuts can be customized with the Menu Commands Reference.

Symbol Keyboard
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←↑→↓ Arrow Keys

MacPractice Menu

Menu Action Symbol Keystroke Result
MacPractice Menu Preferences ⌘, Command-Comma Opens the Preferences window.
Hide MacPractice ⌘H Command-H Hides the MacPractice window.
Hide Others ⌥⌘H Option-Command-H Hides all other windows.
Log Out ⇧⌘†’Q
⇧⌘L (in builds 7.3.2 and higher)
Shift-Command-L (in builds 7.3.2 and higher)
Logs the user out of MacPractice and returns to the Log In window.
Quit MacPractice ⌘Q Command-Q Quits MacPractice.

Edit Menu

Menu Action Symbol Keystroke Result
Edit Undo ⌘Z Command-Z Reverts the last action.
Redo ⇧⌘˜Z Shift-Command-Z Reverts the Undo action.
Cut ⌘Œ˜X Command-X Copies and deletes the selected text.
Copy ⌘Œ˜C Command-C Copies the selected text to the clipboard.
Paste ⌘Œ˜V Command-V Pastes the text within the clipboard.
Paste & Match Style ⇧⌘Œ˜V Shift-Command-V Pastes the text within the clipboard while matching the style in the current selection.
Select All ⌘Œ˜A Command-A Selects all text.
New Record ⌘Œ˜N Command-N Creates a new record. 
Delete Record ⌘⌫ Command-Delete Deletes the current record.
Save Record ⌘Œ˜S Command-S Saves the current record. 
Special Characters ⌥⌘Œ˜T Option-Command-T Opens the Characters window.

View Menu

Menu Action Symbol Keystroke Result




Reloads the view.




Navigates to the sidebar search field.

Toggle One/Many ⇧⌘Œ˜Y Shift-Command-Y Toggles between One and Many mode.
Patients Ability ⌘Œ˜1 Command-1 Navigates to the Patient ability. 
Schedule Ability ⌘Œ˜5 Command-5 Navigates to the Schedule ability. 
eClaims Ability ⌘Œ˜2 Command-2 Navigates to the eClaims ability. 
Notes Ability ⌘Œ˜3 Command-3 Navigates to the Notes ability. 
Rx Ability ⌘Œ˜4 Command-4 Navigates to the Rx ability. 
Attachments/Images Ability ⌘Œ˜6 Command-6 Navigates to the Attachments or Images abilities. 
Reports Ability ⌘Œ˜8 Command-8 Navigates to the Reports ability. 
Managers Ability ⌘Œ˜9 Command-9 Navigates to the Managers ability. 
References ⌘Œ˜0 Command-0 (zero) Navigates to the References ability. 
Video ⇧⌘Œ˜J Shift-Command-J Opens the sidebar Video display, which is used to take a Patient Image.
Back  ⌘Œ˜[ Command-Left Bracket ([) Navigates to the previous view (ability). 
Next ⌘Œ˜] Command-Right Bracket (]) Navigates to the next view (ability). 
Zoom In ⌃⌘Œ˜[ Control-Command-Left Bracket ([) Zooms in within the view.
Zoom Out ⌃⌘Œ˜] Control-Command-Right Bracket (]) Zooms out within the view.
Actual Size ⌃⌘/Œ˜ Control-Command-Backslash Zooms to the actual size of the view.

Text Menu
The Text Menu includes submenus, which display additional items for Font, Text, Find, and Spelling. Text Menu items are used where text can be edited, such as in the Notes ability.

These items are found in the Text Menu.

Menu Action Symbol Keystroke Result
Text  Move Note to Locked ⌃⌘L Control-Command-L Moves the selected note to the Locked node in the Notes ability.
Insert Page Break ⌘↩ Command-Return Adds a Page Break in the selected text.

These items are found in the Text Menu within the Font submenu.

Menu Action Symbol Keystroke Result
Text - Font Show Fonts ⌘T Command-T Opens the Fonts window.
Bold ⌘†B’ Command-B Bolds the selected text.
Italic ⌘I†’ Command-I Italicizes the selected text. 
Underline ⌘U†’ Command-U Underlines the selected text.
Bigger ⌘+†’ Command-Plus Increases the font size of the selected text. 
Smaller ⌘=†’ Command-Minus Decreases the font size of the selected text. 
Show Colors ⇧⌘C†’ Shift-Command-C Displays the Colors palette.
Copy Style ⌃⌘C†’ Control-Command-C Copies the style (color, size, font, and so on) of the selected text.
Paste Style ⌃⌘P Control-Command-P Pastes the copied style (color, size, font, and so on).

These items are found in the Text Menu within the Text submenu.

Menu Action Symbol Keystroke Result
Text - Text Align Left ⌘{ Command-Left Bracket ({) Aligns the selected text to the left. 
Center ⌘| Command-Pipe (|) Centers the selected text.
Align Right ⌘‹œ} Command-Right Bracket (}) Aligns the selected text to the right.
Copy Ruler ⌃⌘‹œC Control-Command-C Copies the format of tabs and alignment to the Clipboard.
Paste Ruler ⌃⌘V Control-Command-V Pastes the format of tabs and alignment from the Clipboard.

These items are found in the Text Menu in the Find submenu.

Menu Action Symbol Keystroke Result
Text - Find Find... ⌘‹œF Command-F Opens the Find window.
Find Next ⌘G Command-G Finds the next occurrence of the previously found text.
Find Previous ⇧⌘G Shift-Command-G Finds the previous occurrence of the previously found text.
Use Selection for Find ⌘‹œE Command-E Finds the selected text.
Jump to Selection ⌘‹œJ Command-J Jumps to the selected text.

These items are found in the Text Menu within the Spelling submenu.

Menu Action Symbol Keystroke Result
Text - Spelling Spelling ⌘‹œ: Command-: Opens the Spelling window. 
Check Spelling ⌘; Command-; Checks spelling within the document.

EDR or EMR Menu
The EDR/EMR Menu is only available in the EDR or EMR ability.

Menu Action Symbol Keystroke Result
EDR/EMR Send Form to Kiosk Machine ⇧⌘S Shift-Command-S Sends the selected form to the EMR Kiosk machine.
Toggle Narrative/Form ⌘/ Command-Backslash Toggles the view from Narrative to Form.
Toggle Palette  ⇧⌘K†’ Shift-Command-K Toggles the Palette for Forms or Form Sections based on which is selected.
Print All Forms for Patient ⌃⌥⌘†’P Control-Option-Command-P Prints all forms of the selected patient in One mode or all forms of the patient for whom a form is selected in Many mode.

Window Menu

Menu Action Symbol Keystroke Result
Window Minimize ⌘Œ˜M Command-M Minimizes the MacPractice window.
Palettes ⇧⌘Œ˜D Shift-Command-D Opens the Notes and Forms Palette.
Tasks ⇧⌘Œ˜T Shift-Command-T Opens the Tasks window.
Patient Information ⇧⌘I Shift-Command-I Opens the Patient Information window, which displays patient Insurance information.

Additional Shortcuts
These shortcuts are not found within a menu.

Menu Action Symbol Keystroke Result
No Menu Toggle Charting/Ledger ⌘/ Command-Backslash Toggles the view from Charting to Ledger in the Patient ability.

There are numerous areas in MacPractice where you can access special features by Option-clicking on something, as opposed to simply clicking on it.

In the New Charge Window

  • Option-click the Search button to search your Supercodes.

In the Patient Ability

  • Option-Click Print in the Appointment tab of Patient screen to print a list of appointments with additional information, including Appointment Type, notes, date the appointment was created, and more.
  • Option-Click a Demographic tab in the Patient ability to bring over demographic information from the current tab. For example, you may enter the name and address for a new patient. If you Option-click on the Primary tab, the name and address you entered in the Patient tab will be brought over to the Primary tab.
  • Option-click on Retrieve Archived Patient in the File menu to view deleted as well as archived patients.
In the Schedule
    • Option-Click Reload in Schedule to force a sync w/ AutoRemind. Generally, you should only do this when advised by MacPractice or AutoRemind Support.
Symbol Keystroke Result
← → Left/Right Arrows Scrolls left or right 1 resource.
↑ ↓ Up/Down Arrows Scrolls up or down one time interval.
 ⇱ Home Scrolls to beginning of the calendar selection.
 ⇲ End Scrolls to the end of the calendar selection.
 ⎋ Esc Deselects the selected appointment.
 ↩ Return Opens the selected appointment.
 ⌘←→ Command-Left/Right Arrows Increases/Increases the calendar column width 1 unit.
 ⌘↑↓ Command-Up/Down Arrows Increases/Decreases the calendar row height 1 unit.
⌥←→ Option-Left/Right Arrows Moves the selected appointment left or right 1 resource.
⌥↑↓ Option- Up/Down Arrows Moves the selected appointment up or down 1 unit.

In ERA Manager 

  • Option-Click on the Post Payment button on an ERA to manually mark it as complete.

Tab Navigation
Tab navigation can be used to move keyboard focus between all controls or just text boxes and lists. Within Apple menu > System Preferences, click Keyboard. In the Keyboard Shortcuts pane, select the Full Keyboard Access setting.

Click Text boxes and lists only or All controls. The All controls option moves focus through to all controls including menus, checkboxes, buttons, and so on.

With All controls selected, press the Tab key to move keyboard focus to any button, fields, or menu without using a mouse. For example, with the cursor in a field, press the Tab key to move focus to the next field. When the next option is a menu, press the Space bar to access the menu list. Choose from the list with the arrow keys, or press the letter key to the first letter of any list item to highlight that item. Press the return key to choose the list item.

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    Sonja Torsiello

    We should probably add something to this about the Today, Tomorrow, and Yesterday keyboard shortcuts.

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    Sonja Torsiello

    We also have scheduling shortcuts listed here.

    Edited by Sonja Torsiello