Is there a keyboard shortcut / key modifier for adding links to the Reading List from Mail? You can hold to open the link in the background, but that seems to be about it.

In Safari, you can -click links to add them to the Reading List. Does such a shortcut exist in Mail? I'm aware of the Add to Reading List command available in the context menu; I just find it more cumbersome than I'd like, especially for newsletters such as StackExchange's, which are essentially a collection of links.


You can use Keyboard Maestro with a macro such as this. The following macro will add the link to the Reading List if the link is clicked whilst holding control and alt. Holding control means it will be right-clicked anyway and typing the text means it will select the option from anywhere in the list.

If you have multiple services enabled, you will need to add a step to select the Services submenu.

  • Shouldn't there be the step with typing Services and hitting Spacebar before typing "Add to Reading List"? NOTE: I don't have Keyboard Maestro so I might be wrong... – Mateusz Szlosek May 14 '14 at 18:12
  • @Mateusz I don't have a Services menu? – grg May 14 '14 at 18:16
  • On my OS X 10.9.2 there's Services menu when I right click. Perhaps this is because I have more than just a few items there. – Mateusz Szlosek May 14 '14 at 18:20
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    @Mateusz Ah, I usually don't have any services enabled :) Only enabled the Add to Reading List one just for this answer! I've added a note to the answer. Thanks – grg May 14 '14 at 18:22

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