People say that you should not take shortcuts in life, but when using my Mac I can appreciate a great shortcut that makes my work easier. Your F 1 to F 12 keys are fast and easy ways to change settings on your Mac without allot of fuss, but what about a shortcut to the shortcut?

Here is something you should keep in your mental arsenal when wanting to change master settings on your Mac. Adding the Option Key to the Function that you are trying to toggle opens its respective preference pain and tab within System Preferences. This proves useful when you need to change sound schemes, update video displays or a host of other settings easily.For an example if you wanted to change the computers brightness you would press the F 1 key, but if you wanted to reach its master settings thats in System Preferences you would press and hold the Option Key while pressing F 1 and you would land on the System Preferences,Color LCD and you’d be focused on the Display tab in this preference pain. You can use this method for all F 1 through F 12 keys respectively.

Note: If this does not work with just the Option Key then you need to press and hold the Function Key located on the bottom left of your keyboard along with the Option Key and F 1 through F 12 Key you want to use.

In the comments can you tell us what your favorite shortcut is on your Mac or iOS device?