Create Your Own Custom Mac Keyboard Shortcuts

You can create your own custom keyboard shortcuts on your Mac for any item in the Mac menu bar. By going into System Preferences you can set a shortcut using the exact name of the menu item in an app or across all apps. You can also change the shortcut assigned to a menu item.

Comments: 13 Responses to “Create Your Own Custom Mac Keyboard Shortcuts”

    Lou
    8 months ago

    Will this work for an app that it’s a sub-folder of the main application directory. For example the app Adobe Photoshop Elements 2019 is not in the main directory. The structure is Adobe Photoshop Elements 2019 / Support Files / Adobe Photoshop Elements Editor.app. Love all of your tutorials. Thank you!!

    8 months ago

    Lou: This has nothing to do with the location of the app. Try making a shortcut and you’ll see.

    Lou
    8 months ago

    Thanks Gary. I did not scroll down far enough. I had to select other, and then click on the app. After all that, PSE19 does not allow shortcuts to be added. I will try it other apps though. Thanks again.

    8 months ago

    Lou: What do you mean by “does not allow.” What are you seeing? Is there an error message?

    Lou
    8 months ago

    I get the message: Alert – You cannot add keyboard shortcuts for the application Adobe Photoshop Elements Editor.app.

    8 months ago

    Lou: Looking into it it seems like Adobe has intentionally disabled this. In the pro apps, like Photoshop, there is a way to customize shortcuts inside the app. You go to Edit, Keyboard Shortcuts. I’m not sure if this is in Photoshop Elements though. Try it.

    lou
    8 months ago

    Unfortunately that option is not available in Photoshop Elements….. Thanks again…!!

    Drew
    8 months ago

    Yet more great advice – thanks Gary. A couple things: when I made some custom shortcuts, they didn’t “stick” until I closed the app and reopened it. Also, where do we find a clear, easy to check grid of default shortcuts, so we know which ones are available? I’ve seen many lists but most are hard to quickly scan for open selections.

    8 months ago

    Drew: Because shortcuts are related to apps, it is hard to ever find a definitive list. It depends on which apps you have and use.

    Drew
    8 months ago

    Gary: Yes, apps have their own shortcuts, but there are defaults. Apple publishes a definitive list (https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201236) – just not very easily referenced in a simple grid format, which would be handy when looking for available key combos. The goal is to be able to quickly find available spots for custom shortcuts, for those who haven’t memorized the 150+ defaults. In lieu of a simple table (rows of keys x columns of modifiers) I guess I’m on my own.

    8 months ago

    Drew: You can always use my own, but it doesn’t have ALL of the shortcuts. https://macmost.com/printable-mac-keyboard-shortcut-page-for-macos-catalina.html

    Bill Braun
    8 months ago

    Can you make a shortcut in Word that uses a submenu? For example under “Table Menu” there is INSERT. But then you have to choose ROW ABOVE or ROW BELOW. Is there a way to accomplish this?

    8 months ago

    Bill: It doesn’t matter how deep the item is. If you set it to the exact text of the item, like “Rows Above” it should work.

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