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What does CMD+< do in AZERTY keyboard layout? I'm trying to assign it to a program using apptivate, but it keeps telling me it is already assigned to a system-wide shortcut.

I've been looking around in the keyboard prefpane, but nothing uses this shortcut yet. I've also tried to use the shortcut in many different applications, but most of the time it does absolutely nothing, with an occasional error beep.

What can I do?

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how are you listing the shortcut? CMD + < or CMD + SHIFT + , – austinbv May 1 '11 at 16:48
I've got an AZERTY keyboard.. so < is actually a key – romeovs May 1 '11 at 22:30
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the shortcut is meant to go to settings of what ever program is running in the foreground (it will be the program in the upper left corner of your screen). However you can customize your shortcut settings in System Preferences > Keyboard > Keyboard shortcuts

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Settings shortcut is CMD + i. For example CMD + < says is used for Windows -> Next Window (don't know the actual english equivalent, i'm using a german Mac OS) – timbooo May 1 '11 at 20:27
German cmd + < has the english equivalent of cmd + ` (backtick). – Debilski May 1 '11 at 22:12
ok turning of CMD + ` worked! – romeovs May 2 '11 at 6:00

On my Swedish system, CMD-< switches between windows in the same application, at least for some applications.

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ok, but the problem remains. How to turn it of if it isn't in the keyboards prefpane. – romeovs May 2 '11 at 5:58

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