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 any apps I've tried.

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 - Reinstate Monica Dec 8 '18 at 17:21
  • @SilverWolf doesn't work in Chrome, Evernote, Terminal, I'm sure there are more. What does it work in? – Justin Tanner Dec 8 '18 at 18:33
  • There is no white space available to click in? – jmh Dec 8 '18 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 - Reinstate Monica Dec 8 '18 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. – Justin Tanner Dec 8 '18 at 21:11

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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