To select all text in Chrome or other apps I can use:


From a web search I found this potential shortcut to deselect text:


Sadly that doesn't work across all apps.

Is there a keyboard shortcut that can deselect text after I've selected all text with Command+a ?

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    ⇧⌘A should work in most apps, which ones are you trying?
    – SilverWolf
    Dec 8, 2018 at 17:21
  • @SilverWolf doesn't work in Chrome, Evernote, Terminal, I'm sure there are more. What does it work in? Dec 8, 2018 at 18:33
  • There is no white space available to click in?
    – Natsfan
    Dec 8, 2018 at 19:13
  • @JustinTanner It doesn't work in Terminal for me either, but Terminal is kind of a special case. I don't have Chrome or Evernote. Have you tried TextEdit, Pages, or the Notes app?
    – SilverWolf
    Dec 8, 2018 at 21:00
  • @SilverWolf for Notes it appears to do something else and yes Pages it does deselect, so there is one app that this works in so far. Dec 8, 2018 at 21:11

1 Answer 1


It is app specific as to whether there is a keyboard shortcut for deselecting text.

The finder uses: Command + Option + A, while Pages uses Command + Shift + A, while Notes, Reminder, and Safari don't have an option.

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