Mac: Here’s a silly shortcut that will come in handy some day. In some apps, ⌘-. does the same thing as the escape key. So if that key is broken, or your stupid Touch Bar is hiding your stupid virtual escape key, or your hands can’t reach the corner of your keyboard, or you just like the ergonomics better, then go for it.
Thanks to Dark Mode Dave for the tip:
Folks with Touch Bar:
Missing the escape key? Try typing command-period (⌘-.) instead.
Holdover from the original classic MacOS that still works after all these years.
— Dark Mode Dave (@davemark) July 29, 2018
It doesn’t work in some apps (including Chrome), so you’ll have to do trial and error. As Carl Brown points out, Ctrl-[ is another option, and that one does work in Chrome. At least sometimes.
For a more reliable replacement, OS X Daily suggests manually mapping Caps Lock to Escape, which has the added benefit of shutting you down every time you’re about to shout.
Use of keyboard shortcuts is a basic indicator that someone’s “good at computers”. That’s why all the hackers in movies have never touched a mouse. If you’re really serious, you make your own shortcuts, but at the very least you need to memorise a few essential standard combos.