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Dan Frakes wrote up Shortcuts in a recent MacGems entry; it was the first I've heard of it, despite having picked a couple of Abracode projects as prior Picks of the Week. You can read Dan's review for an in-depth look at Shortcuts, but here's my nutshell version.

Shortcuts lets you assign keyboard shortcuts to some, but not all, contextual menu items. You can't assign shortcuts for built-in items such as Get Info, but you can for any added contextual menu entries, such as those from Abracode and others. For me, though, the real key is the ability to add shortcuts for Automator-created Finder plug-ins. I have a bunch of these that I use for all sorts of things, including uploading files to various servers via Transmit. Using Shortcuts, I can now send those files with a simple keyboard shortcut, instead of having to navigate into my ever-growing Automator contextual sub-menu. As seen in the image at left, the red-colored entries are those that have hotkeys assigned. So to upload an image to the hints site, I just select it and hit Shift-Control-Option-I.

The Shortcuts interface takes some getting used to, since contextual menus exist for three types of items (text selections, files, and folders). Once I figured out how it worked, though, I was hooked. I've long wanted an easier way to access some key contextual menu entries, and now it exists.

You can't see your shortcut definition in the contextual menu itself, though, so you'll have to remember what you assigned (or open Shortcuts to see the list). Still, that's a minor trade-off for the added functionality Shortcuts brings to the contextual menu. Read Dan's reviews for more on exactly how it works, but if you're a keyboard and contextual menu junkie like me, it's a must-have.
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Shortcuts -- Add keyboard shortcuts to contextual menus
Authored by: jrcarroll on Jun 28, '06 07:50:05AM

I have been able to do this in Quicksilver, as well, and that allows me to check my "Trigger" if I forget it.

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Shortcuts -- Add keyboard shortcuts to contextual menus
Authored by: osxpounder on Jun 28, '06 12:15:34PM

Many thanks from a fellow keyboard geek! I'll give this a try. Was glad to see the comment about Quicksilver, too. Right now I'm trying Butler, but plan on trying Quicksilver, too, if possible.

What clown designed the iPod calendar reminder, which won't show you the Location field? Guess they always meet in the same room at Apple?

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Good shortcuts site
Authored by: keyxl on Aug 27, '07 02:42:02AM
A great site for keyboard shortcuts is They have shortcuts for hundreds of programs (mac, win and linux)

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Shortcuts -- Add keyboard shortcuts to contextual menus
Authored by: jrcarroll on Jul 01, '06 05:38:16AM

Forgive me, I was wrong to say I used Quicksilver to assign keyboard shortcuts to contectual menus. I use it for Automator workflows, not contectual menus.

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