# Macos – the difference between Ctrl+L and Cmd+K for clearing the terminal screen

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I've to realize that both of these keyboard shortcuts accomplish the exact same goal: clearing the terminal screen in OS X.

The only discernible difference I can see is that the Cmd ⌘+K shortcut actually see enters the Edit tab in the menu bar, but Ctrl+L does not, clearly indicating that different things are happening.

What is happening differently in the use of these different shortcuts? Why are there two shortcuts that clear the screen, and is this "2 shortcut – 1 result" a general theme in OS X?