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10.5: Use new or changed keyboard shortcuts immediately System 10.5
One nice touch I noticed in 10.5 is that you no longer have to quit active applications to modify their keyboard shortcuts -- any changes made to the Keyboard & Mouse System Preferences panel are now instantly reflected in the application in question.

Whatever change Apple made, they made it at the system level, as this affects all programs -- even old ones that haven't been updated specifically for Leopard. This change is especially welcomed in the Finder, where you no longer have to force it to quit and restart to use your new shortcuts. (Sadly, they seem to have broken (fixed?) the ability to create a shortcut for the Archive command in the Finder. The menu item is called Compress now, but even with that change, the referenced hint doesn't seem to work in 10.5.)
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10.5: Use new or changed keyboard shortcuts immediately
Authored by: Deut3221 on Nov 06, '07 12:08:29PM

This is a helpful hint. Thanks!

What befuddles me, though, is why some user-assigned shortcuts don't work. Even if I assign a key combination that the application currently does not use, some menu items resist shortcuts (or so it seems).

Wonder why?



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10.5: Use new or changed keyboard shortcuts immediately
Authored by: downstairsdave on Nov 06, '07 12:25:09PM

The Compress command is available via Automator. There is also a nifty new Archive Utility in /System/Library/Core Services which does most of what Stuffit Expander/DropStuff do. You could probably find a way to call that from a script.

Note- new hint! Make an alias to Archive Utility! You should also check out the Preferences.



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10.5: Use new or changed keyboard shortcuts immediately
Authored by: sig eigei on Jan 03, '08 03:55:22PM

Bravo. I made an alias to Archive Utility, set it up to make ZIP archives and then use Instant Send in Launchbar to wrap up my files. Great hint. Thanks.



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Keyboard Shortcut for the Compress function in Finder
Authored by: CHerbold on Nov 06, '07 12:52:16PM

You can make a keyboard shortcut to this by changing the Menus.nib that is in the Finder.app more specifically
"/System/Library/CoreServices/Finder.app/Contents/Resources/English.lproj/Menus.nib"

As always this modifies a VERY important application so make a backup and I would do this with sudo using the terminal.app so that you keep all pertinent permissions, It is not my fault if this breaks your system. This could also cause headaches when OS updates are rolled out. With all of this said onto the fun.

1)Install Developer Tools
2)Use Terminal and make your backup of the Finder.app
3) Issue the following command "sudo /Developer/Applications/Interface\ Builder.app/Contents/Mac OS/Interface\ Builder /System/Library/CoreServices/Finder.app/Contents/Resources/English.lproj/Menus.nib"
(Open the Menus.nib as root using Interface Builder)
4) select File->Compress and open the "Inspector" and add a Keyboard shortcut (Key Equiv)
5) Save

Again not for the faint of heart and I am sure there is an easier way to do this as I try my hardest not to resort to such tactics.





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10.5: Use new or changed keyboard shortcuts immediately
Authored by: vnoel on Nov 07, '07 02:13:08AM

Using a french system, I was unable to change the shortcuts for "switch to next/previous tab" in Terminal using the pref pane (called "Sélectionner l'onglet suivant/précédent").
It turns out that in the menu labels Apple decided to use the typographically correct symbol ' for the apostrophe (between the "l" and "onglet") instead of the regular ' that you get from the keyboard. You have to use this symbol when you enter the menu label to modify in the pref pane.



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10.5: Use new or changed keyboard shortcuts immediately
Authored by: magir on Apr 19, '08 06:33:25AM

As I hadn't Xcode installed, I simply used TextWrangler to edit Menus.nib/objects.xib which is an XML file.

Around line 400 there's the info on the compress menu item, I simply added

<string name="keyEquivalent">s</string>

similar to other entries, saved the file (which required an admin password), restarted the Finder and finally got my "command-s" to create archives back :-).

To be on the save side, make sure to have backups if you screw something up.



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