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10.3: SearchGoogle.service can disable window switching System
Since Jaguar, we have been able to switch between windows in any (?) app by using the shortcut command + <. Very convenient and addictive. But after upgrading to Panther, this didn't work on my Mac. In some apps, the shortcut instead opened the Amazon webbsite in Safari! Very frustrating!

But the solution is very simple when you know about it: Just trash the file "SearchGoogle.service" in ~/Library/Services. This removes the "Search Amazon" and "Search Google" items from the services menu -- whose shortcuts rule out the Mac OS X built-in shortcuts. Then log out and in again.

I dont' know which application installed this file. But couldn't Apple make sure that built-in shortcuts have higher priority than installed ones? They should.

[robg adds: Command-< is an interational version of the US keyboard's command-tilde (the < key on international keyboards is where we see our tilde) . I did a bit of digging, and it seems the SearchGoogle.service was installed by, perhaps not surprisingly, the SearchGoogle.Service service -- which I found by, ummm, searching Google for SearchGoogle.service.]
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10.3: SearchGoogle.service can disable window switching
Authored by: gdsimms on Jan 28, '04 02:54:24PM
But couldn't Apple make sure that built-in shortcuts have higher priority than installed ones? They should.

No, they shouldn't. A third party app should be able to override system default keys. If you as a user don't want it overridden, just don't install that third party app. If Apple prevented keyboard overrides, they would be making the decision for all users. As it is, it is up to you if you want to install software that overrides defaults or not.

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10.3: SearchGoogle.service can disable window switching
Authored by: b-baggins on Jan 28, '04 03:23:03PM

Um, no they shouldn't, and most especially they shouldn't without notifying you and letting you say no.

The "if you didn't want X, you shouldn't have done Y" attitude smacks of the typical snotty UNIX elitism crap the Mac community has had to put up with since OS X first came out.



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10.3: SearchGoogle.service can disable window switching
Authored by: Zo-1 on Jan 29, '04 06:08:40AM

On the other hand, keep SearchGoogle (and any other Services you want) - but change the shortcut via Blacktree.com's Services Preference Pane.

While ICeCoffEE has the amazing little bonus of adding a Services submenu to contextual menus *and* a Services menu to the menubar, the shortcuts are not configurable.



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