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Add keyboard shortcut for iPhone and iPod sync in iTunes iOS devices
In order to streamline syncing my iPhone, I wanted to add a keyboard shortcut to make it quicker. One way to sync is to choose the File > Sync "User's iPhone" menu item in iTunes. I found that you can create a shortcut to this menu item using the name of my iPhone. One problem is that the menu item in iTunes uses smart quotes. So you can't just type in the menu item; you need something like TextEdit (or any word processor that supports smart quotes).

To enable smart double-quotes in TextEdit, make sure they're enabled in the Edit > Smart Substitutions > Smart Quotes menu item. Then just type in the iTunes menu item.

If you have a single quote in your iPhone's name (like I do), you need to disable smart quotes for that. You need to have something like:

Sync "User's iPhone"

Where the double-quotes are "smart" and the single quote is not.

Copy the text and paste it into the Keyboard Shortcuts preference pane dialog, and enter your shortcut.

[kirkmc adds: You can also use this hint for iPods. And, if you have multiple iPods, you can set up a shortcut for each one, and iTunes is happy to use the same shortcut; you won't get a conflict message when you set the shortcut.]
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On-demand Curled Quotes
Authored by: mistersquid on Aug 14, '08 08:24:27AM

To type a left-side double curled quotes, type

opt-[

for right-side double curled quotes, type

opt-SHIFT-[

You can get left- and right-side single curled quotes by substituting "]" for "[", above.



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Add keyboard shortcut for iPhone and iPod sync in iTunes
Authored by: guns on Aug 17, '08 08:53:04AM

For even more "The Apple keyboard can already do that" fun, check out:

"/System/Library/Components/KeyboardViewer.component/Contents/SharedSupport/KeyboardViewerServer.app"

This brings up the list normally associated wth the International menu bar. My favorites are adding accents to characters (the yellow bits when you press down option)



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Add keyboard shortcut for iPhone and iPod sync in iTunes
Authored by: CrankyMacGuy on Aug 18, '08 02:47:32AM

Interesting. I wasn't aware I could do this. Opens up lots of possibilities. Thanks for the tip!

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iTunes 8 uses smart single quote too
Authored by: bed42 on Sep 13, '08 12:44:46AM

installing iTunes 8 broke this for me... it seems it uses the smart quote for the single quote too.

This can be added by using shift-alt-] and has made it work again for me.

Thanks to all the above comments - very useful.



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