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Create a global shortcut to launch System Preferences System
This is almost not a hint, just one of the smartest keyboard shortcuts I've come up with. Since I don't keep System Preferences in my Dock, I assigned Command-Option-; to launch it from the keyboard. To create the shortcut, open the Keyboard & Mouse System Preferences panel, click on the Keyboard Shortcuts tab, then click the plus sign. In the dialog that appears, leave Applications set to All Applications, set the Menu Title to Preferences..., and enter your desired shortcut in the Keyboard Shortcut box. I used Command-Option-; because it is quite close to the near-universal Command-, shortcut for opening individual application preferences. (Nice touch: in Leopard, the shortcut works immediately!)

[robg adds: This is a very basic hint, but it's a good reminder that the Apple Menu items can all be assigned keyboard shortcuts. For instance, if you move your dock around somewhat regularly, you can assign keyboard shortcuts for the Position on Left/Right/Bottom menu items. (I usually leave my dock at the bottom of the screen, but move it to the right side of my second monitor when using a full-screen app such as Final Cut Express.) Or assign a shortcut to Software Update, to make it easy to repeatedly check for new updates on a day when you're expecting one. Finally, it seems that (as of 10.5, at least), you can also assign keyboard shortcuts for locations in the Location menu. This older hint provided a workaround for older OS X releases, but when I tested a location this morning in 10.5, I was able to activate it via the keyboard shortcut I had assigned to it.]
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Create a global shortcut to launch System Preferences
Authored by: spiff on Jun 09, '08 07:37:11AM

Or you could just hit:

Option-brightness-FKey (or opt-F13/F14 on non Aluminum Mac desktop keyboards)

or

Option-sound-FKey (or opt-FKeys above the keypad on non Aluminum Mac desktop keyboards)

and get System Preferences to pop up.



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Create a global shortcut to launch System Preferences
Authored by: geek-e on Jun 09, '08 08:17:36AM

Option-<any media key> will bring it up and then Command-L is Show All inside of System Preferences.

So on any extended keyboard with sound controls you can Opt-VolumeUp (which will launch System Prefs and open the Sound Prefpane), then Command-L to show all System Preferences like you'd see if you clicked on the app.



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My version
Authored by: mistersquid on Jun 09, '08 08:08:06AM

I use Command-Option-,



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My version
Authored by: zpjet on May 17, '09 01:46:32PM

heh me (the author of the hint) too :) it was a typo.



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Create a global shortcut to launch System Preferences
Authored by: British0zzy on Jun 09, '08 08:27:12AM

If you only type 'Preferences...' then you will default to most applications preference menu (handy as not all applications default to command-,)
You need the type 'System Preferences...' if you want to dsiplay the system preferences.
Just wanted to point that out.



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Create a global shortcut to launch System Preferences
Authored by: zpjet on May 17, '09 01:47:56PM

yeah, another typo... it certainly needs to say "System Preferences..." there.



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one less QS trigger
Authored by: Wim37øµ on Jun 09, '08 11:17:51AM

if you are already there you might be asigning a shortcut for Zoom in the window menu.



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