I know that with Mavericks and iOS 7, iCloud syncs text shortcuts automatically across devices. Does iCloud also sync custom Application specific Shortcuts across Macs?

Application specific shortcuts:

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No, App Shortcuts are not synced over iCloud.

The shortcuts are stored in ~/Library/Preferences/.GlobalPreferences.plist, so if you want to sync them you are free to symlink this through Mobile Documents, however that file contains many preferences outside of just your app shortcuts.

  • Are symlink is the links I get via the context-menu at the "Make Alias" option?
    – lukas
    Apr 21, 2014 at 11:11
  • @Lukas No, see How can I create a symbolic link in Terminal
    – grg
    Apr 21, 2014 at 11:17
  • Thank you! But wouln't it cause some problems when syncing system preferences like display settings and so? Would it "sync" all settings are just some?
    – lukas
    Apr 21, 2014 at 11:21
  • @Lukas Indeed, all the settings stored in .GlobalPreferences would be synced which is probably a bad idea.
    – grg
    Apr 21, 2014 at 11:23
  • Are all settings in the .GlobalPreferences? The Startup Disk for example is saved in the PRAM, which settings would be synced, which wouldn't?
    – lukas
    Apr 21, 2014 at 11:30

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