I never (intentionally) hide an app with H, which could be rebound for each app (e.g. Finder), but this is obviously the wrong approach. So, (how) can you disable H for application-hiding in one fell swoop? enter image description here

  • Man, I wish there was a way to do what the OP wants. Is there some kind of regex-like syntax to enable remapping "System" shortcuts in ~/Library/Preferences/.GlobalPreferences.plist, as the OP hinted at in the screen shot? The problem is that the shortcuts attach to menu item strings, but the quit and hide commands are always prefixed with the application's name :(
    – Mac Cowell
    Mar 29 '15 at 3:52

You might use a private.xml like this with Karabiner (formerly KeyRemap4MacBook):

<?xml version="1.0"?>
    <autogen>__KeyToKey__ KeyCode::H, VK_COMMAND | ModifierFlag::NONE, KeyCode::VK_NONE</autogen>
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    What if I want to use the keystroke for something else? VK_NONE means that if you hit that key, apps see nothing happening.
    – user47093
    Jul 7 '15 at 15:05
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    Who answered this, i do not see the user? But either way this was freaking genius, i have hated this for so long. And have added several of these Hide {Stupid Thing} in System Prefs. No more finally. Thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Jul 30 '15 at 11:27

In addition to the accepted answer, this can be accomplished easily with BetterTouchTool.

Open BTT Preferences. If it isn't selected already, select Gestures.

Under Select Application, select Global.

Add a New Shortcut: H and leave the Trigger set to No Action.

BetterTouch Tool Gestures

Close the Preferences window, and H should now be disabled for all applications.

The downside compared to the accepted answer is that this fix involves running an application. However since many Mac users are already running BTT in the background for other purposes, this fix can be done in a few seconds and might be simpler for some users.


If you do not want an approach for separate applications, but for TOTAL disabling of the shortcut, you can use Karabiner (FREE, and OPEN SOURCE :) ) and after installing it add a special complex modification rule

The link already contains the search query, so just look for Prevent unintended command-h hide window and then click on Import and you are done!

  • This is an interesting application, and the fact that it is open source makes it more interesting. Thanks!
    – Rafid
    Sep 20 '21 at 17:00
  • However, for some reason, I am not able to get the Prevent unintended command-h hide window (rev 2) rule to work. I imported it and enabled it, but Cmd-H still hides the window.
    – Rafid
    Sep 20 '21 at 18:11

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