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10.3: A quick how-to on creating new keyboard shortcuts System
The Keyboard & Mouse Preference panel now has a "Shortcuts" tab, through which the user has control of many of the system keyboard shortcuts. Not so obvious is that you are now able to assign keyboard shortcuts for specific application menu items!!

Open the panel and click the Shortcuts tab. Scroll to the bottom of the list that appears. You will see an "All Applications" item. Click the "+" button to add a new application to the list. If it is in the Applications folder, it will show up in the list that appears; if not, select "Other" and you can browse to the application you want.

You are then allowed to type in the EXACT name of the menu item you want to assign, and to type the keystroke you want for the shortcut. For instance, if you wanted to assign the keystroke F1 to Entourage's "Rules" command, you would simply type "Rules", click in the shortcut box, and type the F1 key.

When Entourage is next launched, it will have the keystroke assigned to that menu item. If the application you choose is running, you must quit and relaunch to have the keystroke take effect.

[robg adds: Though this isn't a traditional "hidden" OS X hint, it is one of the more powerful features in Panther. I've already added shortcuts to iChat (Show Chat Participants; why'd they take that one out??) and the Finder (Secure Empty Trash). If you're modifying Finder keys, you'll have to use Activity Monitor or the Terminal to force it to relaunch and read the new shortcut keys. Also, there seem to be some unlisted "illegal" keys; I was unable to create a shortcut for Secure Empty Trash that included the Delete key, for instance.]
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10.3: A quick how-to on creating new keyboard shortcuts
Authored by: mervTormel on Oct 30, '03 12:13:48AM

option-right-click the finder icon in the dock to get a relaunch item in the menu



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10.3: A quick how-to on creating new keyboard shortcuts
Authored by: akuma-x on Oct 30, '03 12:27:21AM

With this, is it posable to set say option+tab to scroll through safari tabs? I have tried to no avail.



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10.3: A quick how-to on creating new keyboard shortcuts
Authored by: macazur on Oct 30, '03 03:50:19AM

For browsing through tabs, there is already a built-in shortcut :

Cmd-Shift-right arrow

or

Cmd-Shift-left arrow



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10.3: A quick how-to on creating new keyboard shortcuts
Authored by: akuma-x on Oct 30, '03 01:53:33PM

Yeah I know that. But w/ doing that on my iBook it needs two hands and I want a 2 key combo that is going to be simple w/ one hand. So what I would like to do is take one of these short cuts and change them to option+tab or command+tab (seeing that w/ exposé I do not use the normal command+tab)



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10.3: Creating new keyboard shortcuts with COMMAND-
Authored by: TvE on Oct 30, '03 05:09:39AM

While I was verifying a hint on the retailversion - something I that I had working on one of my ealier seeds - I was unable to reproduce it. Here is what i HAD working at one time:

I was UNable to create shortcuts that was only based upon COMMAND-<something> as opposed to COMMAND-CTRL-<something>.

It seems that Apple is limiting these shortcuts (via the GUI) since it is more likely that they'll collide with existing shorcuts:(

I wanted to change Preview.app's 100% view and Fit In Windows to something like COMMAND-0 and COMMAND-ALT-0 - but I am not allowed to do that in the GUI.


I then looked made some other chganges in com.apple.preview.plist and noted where and how they were written.
Then I changed the text (removing the character that resembled the ALT-key so I was back to a "clean" COMMAND-<something>.
Relaunched Preview.app and it worked!!!

My problem now (wich migght have been there earlier) is that whenever I relaunch the Keyboard control panel it no longer shows / respects my behind-the-scenes changes and rewrites the plist files to resemble what they looked like before - effectively removing my changes.

Have anyone else experimented with this kind of changes so that you'll enable the REAL powers of keyboardshortcut customization???



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10.3: Creating new keyboard shortcuts with COMMAND-
Authored by: RandyMan on Oct 30, '03 10:22:44AM

I actually filed this as a bug to Apple, including the fact that they go out of their way to make sure you don't get what you want, and their response was "behaves as designed". Putz NeXT programmers!



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10.3: Creating new keyboard shortcuts with COMMAND-
Authored by: TvE on Oct 30, '03 06:02:39PM

Do you have a bugreport ID that one can reference to to try to change their attitude?



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A Nice Idea, but MenuMaster Got it Right
Authored by: DeltaTee on Oct 30, '03 08:13:36AM

This hint should be comepletely unnecessary...if Apple would have gotten the interface right the frist time. Though the feature is powerful, the Interface is horrible.

For a better solution (in most cases) check out MenuMaster from Unsanity which should be released for Panther the middle of November.



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10.3: A quick how-to on creating new keyboard shortcuts
Authored by: bsmithii on Oct 30, '03 10:56:40AM

I want to be able to launch applications with the ne keyboard shortcuts...Can I. Is there script to do it?
Cheat with a path?

BJ



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10.3: A quick how-to on creating new keyboard shortcuts
Authored by: larimer on Oct 30, '03 11:34:03AM
LaunchBar is your friend.

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10.3: A quick how-to on creating new keyboard shortcuts
Authored by: allenwatson on Nov 02, '03 05:14:26PM

Better for launching apps via keystrokes, IMO, are Keyboard Maestro and Drag Thing, or Key Xing, or iKey. I love LaunchBar and use it, but it does not have any way I know of to assign keystrokes to launch apps.

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Microsoft MVP for Entourage
AppleScripts for OE and Entourage



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New keyboard shortcuts
Authored by: DougAdams on Oct 30, '03 12:28:47PM
I have posted how to Assign Shortcut Keys to iTunes AppleScripts using the same technique. (I submitted a tip about it here, too. But I imagine Rob is up to here with Panther hints!)

Doug
Doug's AppleScripts for iTunes

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New keyboard shortcuts
Authored by: robg on Oct 30, '03 12:54:21PM
Hmm, I think I was 'up to here' a few days ago; we're well on our way to "up to there" now :).

-rob.

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10.3: A quick how-to on creating new keyboard shortcuts
Authored by: JesperL on Nov 04, '03 10:10:03AM

How do you make a shortcut of the Finder-command "arrange by kind"? I use that every day and I'd love to have it as a shortcut. But since it's a nested menu it doesn't seem to work.

- J



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10.3: A quick how-to on creating new keyboard shortcuts
Authored by: jreasthope on Nov 04, '03 03:29:23PM

For those trying to add menu items followed by "..." as in System Preferences... The "..." at the end is not made by typing 3 periods. Apple uses a single character (Unicode 2026, Horizontal Ellipsis) which can be inserted by using the Punctuation section of the Character Pallete utility.

John



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10.3: A quick how-to on creating new keyboard shortcuts
Authored by: funwithstuff on Nov 06, '03 08:52:34AM

You can also type an ellipsis using option-semicolon. Should be the same Unicode #, but I'm not sure.



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10.3: A quick how-to on creating new keyboard shortcuts
Authored by: m5comp on Dec 22, '03 09:06:59AM

This depends on the program--PowerMail, for one, does require 3 periods.



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10.3: A quick how-to on creating new keyboard shortcuts
Authored by: dweeks on Jun 05, '04 11:40:44AM

I can't get this to work for me with Entourage 2004.

I want to assign a kestroke command to a hierarchical submenu.

I want to keystroke Edit:Auto Text Cleanup:Rewrap paragraphs, and can't figure out the right way to specify the submenu in the Keyboard prefs.



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10.3: A quick how-to on creating new keyboard shortcuts
Authored by: Spartacus on Oct 31, '04 04:59:41PM

I have been able to assign keyboard shortcuts to submenus by specifying the name of the submenu item, e.g. "by Name" for the Finder's Arrange - > by Name.



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10.5 Leopard: Add keyboard shortcut to a submenu command
Authored by: ad7am on Mar 21, '08 08:35:17AM

Just to be crystal clear, because I searched for this and couldn't find it:

You can add a keyboard shortcut to a command that is one level down in a menu by simply pretending that it isn't. In other words, well, see the following example.

In Mail.app I wanted ⌘K to be my shortcut for adding a link in the body of a message. But the command is usually only available via the submenu Link > Add… under the Edit menu. On a whim, I went to System Preferences > Keyboard & Mouse > Keyboard Shortcuts, hit the plus sign and in the box for Menu Title entered "Add…" (no quotes, and using option-semicolon for the elipsis). It worked!

Of course, you probably need to restart Mail.app for this to work, and I don't know if this was available pre-Leopard.



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