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Create a zip archive via a keyboard shortcut System
I just finished reading this hint, in which the hinter wished there was a way to create a zip archive with a keyboard shortcut. Well, with the Keyboard & Mouse system preference pane, there is!

All you have to do is go to System Preferences, open the Keyboard & Mouse preference pane, and then click over to the Keyborad Shortcuts tab. Finally, click the plus sign at the bottom and fill in the following information:
  • Application: Finder
  • Menu Title: Create Archive
  • Keyboard Shortcut: Command-Shift-Z (or whatever you like)
Once you either log out and log in, or relaunch the Finder, simply click on a file and press your shortcut combo. A new archive will appear!

Note: The actual menu name is 'Create Archive of "The Selection,"' where "The Selection" is whatever you have selected in the Finder. I would guess that any menu item that is context-sensitive should be able to have a shortcut in the same way. I found out the name to use by clicking on the background of the finder window (so nothing was selected) and then trying the greyed-out name.

[robg adds: This hint was a surprise to me; I didn't think this was possible, given the dynamic nature of the menu. Very very useful!]
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Create a zip archive via a keyboard shortcut
Authored by: Skully on Dec 29, '04 10:24:45AM

How about a keyboard shortcut for arrange by name? I have tried this using the shortcuts tab and can't get it to work



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Assigning keyboard shortcuts to sub menus
Authored by: Dunkin on Dec 29, '04 11:19:42AM

This works for any sub menu and is just a clarification of the Apple keyboard shortcut creation help.

If you want to "Arrange" your Finder window "by Name"
Just enter "by Name" as the Menu command and assign your preferred key combination.

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Please, not again.



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Assigning keyboard shortcuts to sub menus
Authored by: guidoc on Dec 30, '04 09:54:42AM
I confirm that you have to type the exact name of the menu item. Of course if you're running the Finder in a language other than English, you have to type the localized string.

While trying this I've found something really surprising. My localized menu is "Crea Archivio". Well, I've tried but didn't work! Looking carefully at the menu, I've noticed that there are two white spaces between "Crea" and "Archivio". That's a bug, obviously! I've changed the preferences and then it worked fine.

So, type exactly what you read in the menu.

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Create a zip archive via a keyboard shortcut
Authored by: simonpie on Dec 29, '04 08:48:31PM

Thank you so much.



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Create a zip archive via a keyboard shortcut
Authored by: dmarkman on Dec 30, '04 12:16:03AM

you have to relaunch finder to make it work



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keyboard shortcut with Quark 6?
Authored by: art37 on Jan 20, '05 12:34:53PM

This is a useful system feature, but Quark 6.5 does not seem to obey any of the commands programmed in this way. Any solutions to this?



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Create a zip archive via a keyboard shortcut
Authored by: magir on Jun 10, '05 03:18:50AM

With Tiger you can finally assign command key shortcuts without the shift key - this wasn't possible in Panther, so I suggest, command-s for create archive - works great :-).



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