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I just want to use this shortcut for one other application.

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defaults write -g NSUserKeyEquivalents -dict-add "Special Characters..." nul

Or change the shortcut to something else in System Preferences: enter image description here

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Setting a shortcut to nil is a great trick, certainly more elegant than setting it to some obscure key combo. Unfortunately, anything set to nil in the Keyboard Shortcuts gets reset to L when you restart. So a script to do this added to your login items can avoid any inconvenience. – robmathers Jul 13 '12 at 0:47
@CanuckSkier At least on my installation of 10.7 the shortcuts set to nul are shown as L in System Preferences (as in the screenshot), but they stay as nul on the property lists and pressing L doesn't trigger them. – user495470 Jul 13 '12 at 12:36
That's what I get as well, but I've had it revert on restarts to L actually triggering them. Perhaps there was a second factor causing this that I overlooked. – robmathers Jul 13 '12 at 19:22
@CanuckSkier I still can't reproduce that. A few applications like Audacity and Find Any File seem to think that menu items assigned to nul are assigned to N though. – user495470 Jul 14 '12 at 16:34
Interesting. I'll have to do some more testing then. Thanks for the feedback. – robmathers Jul 14 '12 at 17:46

Going to System Preferences and selecting Keyboard preferences, and then clicking on the Keyboard Shortcuts tab will show a list. If you select Keyboard & Text Input, the shortcut (Cmd + Option + T) should be there, and just follow the directions to change it.

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Hi Tanner, the problem is there are no mention of a special characters's shortcut in "Keyboard & Text Input". These are mostly about moving focus... But thanks anyway, I discovered one new cool shortcut. – politicus Jun 12 '12 at 4:26
Ah, I had forgotten. The comment below explains how. I didn't have access to a Mac at the time, but I knew it was somewhere in the system preferences. – Tanner Jun 12 '12 at 4:51

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