I’m a huge believer in keyboard shortcuts: anything that makes the time I spend in front of the computer easier and more enjoyable is vital. I’ve covered popular browser keyboard shortcuts in the past, together with typographic shortcuts; in this article, I’ll focus on shortcuts that are exclusive to Mac OS X. Depending on the task at hand, these shortcuts can save minutes to hours every day, eliminating petty annoyances.

Like all tools, Mac OS X requires some tweaks before it is optimized for crafting web content. While there are many possible changes to make to the operating system, the first and most basic alteration is also the most important: adding the ability to see the complete name of any file.

Mac OS X Finder preferencesLike most modern operating systems, OS X hides filename extensions (the .xxx suffix) to present a “cleaner” appearance. That’s fine if you’re just dragging and dropping icons, but serious development requires you to know the complete name of every relevant resource. Thankfully, the steps to do so in OS X are very simple:

Windows 7 View folder optionsWhile there are many steps we could take to make Windows work better in a web development process (including installing a web server for Windows) there is one that is vital: revealing the extensions of files.

In an attempt to present a "cleaner" interface, Windows (XP and up) hides file extensions. This is a problem: not only do you not know if a filename is x.jpg or x.jpeg, but it is also possible to forget that Windows is hiding extensions at all, and name a file x.jpeg.jpg.