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Create a universal shortcut to most apps' Preferences dialog
Authored by: GaelicWizard on Aug 29, '03 11:15:55PM
Howdy, y'all! I've done a little further experimentation and I thought I'd add this for any who want this to work universally. This hint works for all applications that have their preferences menu option as "Preferences" followed by three periods, like most cocoa apps (so far as i know). other apps (like most carbon apps, go figure) have "Preferences" followed by an elipse (iThink that's how its spelled...). unfortunately you can't type that in the terminal, so this hint doens't work for it exactly.

To make it work in all (as far as I can tell!) apps, you must open ~/Library/Preferences/.GlobalPreferences.plist in the property list editor (or a text editor, but I don't feel comfortable doing it that way, too easy to mess up). Scroll down, and expand as neccessary to find the NSUserKeyEquivalents entry. Duplicate the entry (under NSUserKeyEquivalents) for "Preferences" followed by the three periods and change the deplicate to be "Preferences" followed by an elipse. save it and woohoo! This way both kinds of apps work with the new key equivelant!

to check if it works in terminal type
defaults read NSGlobalDomain NSUserKeyEquivalents
and you should see
{"Preferences..." = "@,"; "Preferences\U2026" = "@,"; }
or similar (note the "\U2026" that's the elipse.)
I've not had good experiences with escaping characters in the terminal, so I won't recommend trying to enter the elipse that way, if you can make it work, then bravo to you! :-D

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Create a universal shortcut to most apps' Preferences dialog
Authored by: GaelicWizard on Aug 30, '03 05:31:01PM

ok, there's supposed to be *TWO* back-slashes! in the thingie there, damn geeklog...

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