Creating Keyboard Shortcuts To Launch Apps

You can use the Shortcuts app to create very simple Shortcuts to launch apps. You can then assign a keyboard shortcut to that and now launch or switch to that app with a single key press. Add as many as you like for quick access to your most-used apps.

Comments: 15 Responses to “Creating Keyboard Shortcuts To Launch Apps”

    Rohit
    11 months ago

    Is there a way to create a shortcut for Command + Shift + 5. I always forgot and would be love to use a F key for this.
    Or some other method.

    Thanks Rohit

    11 months ago

    Rohit: Not sure what you mean. Command+Shift+5 *is* a shortcut. Do you want to change it to something else? You can do that in System Settings, Keyboard, Keyboard Shortcuts, Screenshots. Change it to whatever you like.

    Ron
    10 months ago

    Hello Gary, your advice:

    I commonly use the right to left. Yes the shortcut is impossible. For example, "Right to Left" appears both under two functions (paragraph direction and another one). Which prevents the function from being saved.

    10 months ago

    Ron: I'm not sure of any way around that.

    Tex
    10 months ago

    With all the new stuff in version 16, can we now create a shortcut to answer the iPhone? Something like "Hey Siri, answer the phone." would do, but I wouldn't mind using a shortcut in between Siri and the phone.

    10 months ago

    Tex: That's been available for a while, no need for a Shortcut. https://support.apple.com/en-au/guide/iphone/iph838fd6fd4/ios#:~:text=accept%20the%20call

    Jeff
    8 months ago

    Hi, Garry - thanks for the video. When I'm over in Evernote, the shortcut will only type the number - not execute the shortcut and switch to the app. I've dug and dug and don't see that shortcut (I'm using Control + Option + 3 as an example) in use in Evernote. Any thoughts?

    8 months ago

    Jeff: Your first step in troubleshooting is to simply try another keyboard combination to see if that works. If so, then Evernote is simply using that combo.

    Jeff
    7 months ago

    Thanks, Gary! Good idea! Semi-related, when I very first boot the Mac, and try any of my keyboard shortcuts, none of them work. It seems like maybe certain circumstances have to be in place for them to work?

    7 months ago

    Jeff: Not sure why that would be the case. You "when I very first boot..." so the problem resolves itself after some time? Or do you do something to get it to work? How often do you boot? (See https://macmost.com/a-beginners-guide-to-whether-to-shut-down-or-sleep-your-mac.html)

    Claudio Silvaggi
    7 months ago

    Hey brother, thanks for this... have you ever been successful in creating a shortcut to print more than 1 document... I have 2 documents that I print often and would love to create a shortcut for that... tried searching for a solution, but not there yet... Either way, thanks for what you do!..

    7 months ago

    Claudio: In the Finder you can just select the two files, and then Command+P.

    Rick
    1 month ago

    I'm trying to make a shortcut that will create a new Sticky. I managed to make the app launch by pressing F1, that part that works fine. But then what? There is nothing like "create new file" in the Shortcutsā€¦

    1 month ago

    Rick: Note that many apps already have the Command+Shift+Y shortcut to take selected text and start a new Sticky Note. But if you want to do it in Shortcuts, you'll need to use some scripting (and trial and error) to trigger the keyboard commands. Not sure if you have that sort of coding experience. See https://macmost.com/3-ways-to-automate-keystroke-sequences-on-your-mac.html

    Rick
    4 weeks ago

    Thanks Gary this looks like what I was looking for, I'll try!

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