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I want to open a specific file - if I press F5 or another key - its a file I use all the time, so want it to be open at a touch of a key

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Does it has to be a key on a key board? Otherwise move the file in to the dock, so it is always there and opens with a click. – user44516 Mar 19 '13 at 13:43

Create a service like this and give it a shortcut in System Preferences > Keyboard > Keyboard Shortcuts > Services:

There's a bug in 10.7 and 10.8 where the shortcuts for services don't always work until you hover over the services menu from the menu bar. There is also a short delay before services are run, and the shortcuts don't work when the frontmost application doesn't have a services menu.

I use Alfred:

In Alfred 2 hotkeys have a short delay unless you change the trigger behavior:

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Hi Lauri. Does the free version have that functionality or only the powerpack? – adayzdone Mar 19 '13 at 13:46
@adayzdone It's only in the Powerpack, but some free alternatives are Quicksilver and Launch it!. – user495470 Mar 19 '13 at 14:43
I have been looking to try that out ... thanks. – adayzdone Mar 19 '13 at 15:29

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