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: 11 Responses to “8 Custom Keyboard Shortcut Tricks”

    Dee
    1 year ago

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

    Andrea Grasselli
    1 year ago

    Thank you very much Gary, really useful!

    Philip Carnahan
    1 year 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

    1 year ago

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

    Andy
    1 year 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
    1 year 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?

    1 year ago

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

    Joe Grillo
    1 year ago

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

    1 year 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.

    Doug Hopley
    1 year ago

    How do I create a shortcut for entering my email address from my Mac and Ventura OS? I've tried keyboard/text replacements but that's not working for me. Am I missing something?

    1 year ago

    Doug: Text Replacements would be the best way to go. Revisit that and figure out where you are going wrong.

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