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Activate Visor Quake-style via just the tilde key Apps
On my Macbook Pro, I wasn't able to use just the tilde key (~) as an activation key in Visor (a Quake-like terminal). The app's preferences window allows only tilde with some of modifiers like Option or Control. But you can change it back to the single-key Quake-like behavior if you wish. First quit Terminal if its running.

Open ~/Library » Preferences » com.apple.Terminal.plist in Property List Editor (or PListEdit Pro). Find the dictionary entry called VisorHotKey, open it, and make it look like this:
  • DoubleModifier: false (unchecked)
  • KeyCode: 50
  • Modifiers: 256
Save the file. Now, run Terminal again and check if it works by pressing only tilde.

[robg adds: With this hint active, it seems you won't be able to type a tilde in any program -- though I haven't tested this myself to confirm.]
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Activate Visor Quake-style via just the tilde key
Authored by: matters on Mar 24, '10 08:16:37AM

I haven't tried it, but you could probably just use Keyboard Maestro and add a little macro that makes plain old tilde actually do ⌘ or ⌥-tilde (whichever works in Quake to pull down the console). I often use Keyboard Maestro to replace hotkeys I don't like with something else. Even when the option isn't in a menu (which is what Apple's keyboard shortcut feature requires).



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Activate Visor Quake-style via just the tilde key
Authored by: qrulf on Mar 24, '10 09:22:19AM

It seems like an expensive solution, compared to the hint above?



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Activate Visor Quake-style via just the tilde key
Authored by: matters on Mar 24, '10 09:28:01AM

Well, if it works, the advantage is it wouldn't affect any other app.

Why anyone on this site would not already own that fantastic app is beyond me :)



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Activate Visor Quake-style via just the tilde key
Authored by: maddys_daddy on Mar 24, '10 10:44:18AM

Becuase it costs $36.



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Activate Visor Quake-style via just the tilde key
Authored by: matters on Mar 24, '10 10:47:17AM

Got it



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Activate Visor Quake-style via just the tilde key
Authored by: paczor on Mar 25, '10 01:33:41PM

It's not true you cannot use tilde in other applications. First of all you have tilde pressing this key (~) with Shift, second you still can put backtick (`) pressing this key with Option (alt). I am writing this comment on Macbook with my hack turned on and I'm able to put both: ~ and `. :)



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