In Photos 3.0 (from macOS 10.13 High Sierra) there is apparently two distinct ways to delete photos.

Delete by holding Command in the menu, or Command+Backspace (⌘⌫).

Delete with Command

Or delete by holding Option+Command in the menu or Option+Command+Backspace (⌥⌘⌫).

Delete with Option-Command

What is the difference?

If there is no difference, why is there two different keyboard shortcuts?

  • Interesting question, I think it's for convenience.
    – mspasov
    Oct 23, 2017 at 19:03
  • Oh, right. That does not make a difference to the menu user ("Duplicate Photo" is still there regardless of how many modifier keys are held down), but that does make a difference to the keyboard user.
    – ddaa
    Oct 24, 2017 at 15:12
  • In Finder, we see cmd+delete as the shortcut to delete files. But in photos and mail, delete itself seems enough. But for UI consistency, cmd+delete seems to be a good choice. In macOS Mojave, the number of keys have been reduced to 1 to delete a photo or a mail.
    – anki
    Dec 9, 2019 at 9:13


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