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Kindle keyboard shortcuts for Mac

If you’re one of those who prefers accessing their Kindle collection via their Mac, it’s always a better idea to get used to the keyboard shortcuts in order to get the work done in a jiffy.

Be it browsing the application, library, using text-to-speech, while reading a book or navigating within tables, there is a keyboard shortcut for every need, making Kindle app on Mac even more accessible.

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Kindle keyboard shortcuts for Mac


  • Open Library: Command, ALT, L
  • Sync: Command R

Apple menu systems

  • Kindle for Mac: Preferences: Command ,
  • Kindle for Mac: Quit Kindle for Mac: Command Q
  • File: Close Book: Command W
  • Actions: Sync and Check for New Items: Command R
  • Go: Sync to Furthest Page Read: Command R

In the library

  • Move the focus of the book above the current selection: Up Arrow
  • Move the focus of the book to the right of the current selection: Right Arrow
  • Move the focus of the book to the left of the current selection: Left Arrow
  • Move the focus of the book below the current selection: Down Arrow
  • Scroll the list of books up one page: Page Up, Command, Up Arrow
  • Scroll the list of books down one page: Page Down, Command, Down Arrow
  • Open selected book (go to last page read): Return, Command, O

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While reading a book

  • Next Page: Page Down, Command Down Arrow, Enter, Right Arrow, Space, or Down Arrow
  • Previous Page: Shift Enter, Shift Space, Page Up, Command Up Arrow, Left Arrow, or Up Arrow
  • Back: Delete, Backspace
  • Increase font size: Command +
  • Decrease font size: Command –
  • Bookmark: Command D
  • Open/Close Notes and Marks: Command B
  • Go to Location: Command G
  • Search: Command F
  • Open Flashcard side panel: Command, Shift, F
  • Export to Flashcards from Notebook: Command, Shift, N (when using the Notebook)
  • Export Notes from Notebook: Command, Alt, E (when using the Notebook)

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While using text-to-speech

This feature is only supported with Mac OSX 10.10 or higher. To use the Kindle keyboard shortcuts for Mac, you must enable text-to-speech first.

To do that, press Command T or select the Tools menu and choose Start Text-to-Speech.

  • Toggle Text-to-Speech: Command T
  • Pause or resume reading: Spacebar (while in a book)
  • Read the current sentence: Command S
  • Read the previous sentence: Command, Shift, Up arrow
  • Skip forward one sentence: Command, Shift, Down arrow
  • Increase speech rate: Shift +
  • Decrease speech rate: Shift –
  • Toggle continuous reading: Command, Shift, C
  • Text-to-Speech Read Instructions: Command I

This feature only works on eligible Kindle content. The text-to-speech language can be configured via the System Preferences on your computer.

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