In OSX (now is Mavericks), how to change the System Default Shortcuts, for example which are currently like:

  • Command + Shift + Q .. for current User Logout.
  • Command + Q .. for current (active) Application Quit.
  • Command + Down Arrow .. for Opening A File.

Blah blah .. I don't like any of those, honestly.

  • How to permanently change them, please?

(I would even PAY for an App if it the only way to do.)

  • Do you mind leaving the old shortcuts active? – grg Jan 31 '14 at 21:33
  • omg dear, changing means i do not want the current ones to be functioning (or) do not want to use :S – 夏期劇場 Jan 31 '14 at 21:34
  • I see the point of @grgarside's question. Changing (ALSO enabling let's say alt-k for copy, formerly cmd-c) may not mean replacing (cmd-c then doing nothing). Could you clarify the question? – myhd Jan 31 '14 at 22:39
  • Thanks but I think i used How to change in the title of my question :( – 夏期劇場 Feb 1 '14 at 7:13

This is pretty easy. I already answered a similar question for someone who wanted to redefine Command-V here.

Basically you need to go into System Preferences > Keyboard > Shortcuts and define a new shortcut under "All Apps". If you don't want to change it to something useful you will have to define a shortcut you will never use such as Shift-Command-Option-1.

If you want to get rid of all the shortcuts then I suggest 'Karabiner-Elements' and spend some time understanding how to write a private.xml config file for it. You might also want to grab a copy of 'Key Codes' so you can figure out which keys push out which keycodes and modifiers.

It's certainly possible to map the "Log Out …" as Shift-Command-Q out of the way. You just enter it into Shortcuts with the name and the ellipsis and the shortcut no longer works. Command-Q is impossible with the shortcut method but it was the only one I could find.

(I also wouldn't be rude and peremptory to people who were trying to help me but that could just be me.)

  • Thank you but NOT usable for All System-wide Shortcuts. What about Command + Shift + Q .. for current User Logout. And, Command + Q .. for quitting current active application. – 夏期劇場 Feb 1 '14 at 7:09

Go into System Preferences > Keyboard > Shortcuts, select Accessibility on left Pane and check "Invert colors" shortcut. Initially it's disabled.

Modify it to command+Q so from now this shortcut will not close anymore apps, it will just invert colors. It's an easy way to get rid of the habit to hit command+Q.

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