8 Custom Keyboard Shortcut Tricks

Go beyond basic custom keyboard shortcuts on your Mac with these tricks. See how you can use a single key as a shortcut, launch apps, prevent yourself from accidentally quitting an app, reveal hidden menu commands and more.

Comments: 9 Responses to “8 Custom Keyboard Shortcut Tricks”

    Dee
    2 months ago

    Very useful Gary. Some great tips and insights as usual.

    Andrea Grasselli
    2 months ago

    Thank you very much Gary, really useful!

    Philip Carnahan
    2 months ago

    I am trying to make a function key to open mail.google.com. In my pref-keyboard-shortcuts, there is not a function keys in the left column???? like you show??? Using Monterey 12.6 on M1Macmini. I am a Patron also and love your stuff. thanks

    2 months ago

    Philip: This is for Ventura. For Monterey, all of this is there, but it looks different.

    Andy
    2 months ago

    Option-Hiding "Save As..." and replacing it with "Duplicate" on the file dropdown has bugged me since Apple made that change. I've never used "Duplicate." Showing me how to restore it to the way it was -- across all applications! -- is worth a Patreon donation on its own. Thank you!

    Joe Grillo
    2 months ago

    I was successful doing the Save As but not successful in creating a shortcut to add link for email. Do you have any suggestions?

    2 months ago

    Joe: What do you mean, exactly. Like a Shortcut to launch the Mail app?

    Joe Grillo
    2 months ago

    Numbers - Format - Add Link - Email.
    I tried to create a shortcut to be able to use on the link to an email address.

    2 months ago

    Joe: I just tried it and was about to do it. What were you using as the "Title" for the shortcut? Did you check the menu to see if the shortcut appeared there? Also, were you using it in a situation where they menu was active? For instance, you can't just select a cell and use Format, Add Link, Email. It is grayed out (inactive). A keyboard shortcut won't let you use the menu item when the menu item can't be used. Instead, you need to select some text and use it.

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