A few weeks ago I wrote a short script with the Automator to get familiar with it. I found a website which explained how to set up a primitive script to start the screensaver and define a shortcut to start it. I chose cmd + L to activate the script and it worked fine.

Now I want to disable the shortcut and delete the script. The problem is, that I forgot how and where I defined the shortcut. It is not listet in the system preference -> keyboard section. Unfortunately I can't find the website with the how to or an equivalent description.

Any suggestions for my awkward situation?

2 Answers 2


If you want to remove the shortcut and not the service go to System Preferences > Keyboard > Shortcuts and make sure that in the right pane services is selected, I think that might have been your issue. The just un-click the check box next to your listed service.

I've had an issue recently where services aren't showing up in the services pane, to fix this just copy the service to your desktop from ~/Library/Services and delete the service in the Library directory, then paste the service back in again.

  • Thank you for your answer. I checked the System Preferences > Keyboard > Shortcuts and the shortcut isn't listed there. In the ~/Library/Services/ there is just a hidden file named .localized. Should I delete it?
    – Emre23
    Jun 12, 2014 at 6:32
  • If there isn't a .workflow in that folder then you haven't created a service, you've created something else. Automator stores all you're services there. Another option would try typing /System/Library/CoreServices/pbs -flush into the terminal and pressing enter. That will reload the services, then check again. Jun 12, 2014 at 10:27
  • Flushing the pbs didn't solve my problem either. Now I removed the executable script and if I push cmd + l an error messages pops up whichs says: `The program can't be found'
    – Emre23
    Jun 12, 2014 at 13:14
  • What format was the script? Jun 12, 2014 at 13:58
  • I think it was .app file.
    – Emre23
    Jun 12, 2014 at 14:43

Using Automator to create a service will place the service in ~/Library/Services. You can delete the service from here. Deleting it will also delete assigned keyboard shortcuts.

  • Thank you for your answer. In the ~/Library/Services/ there is just a hidden file named .localized. Should I delete it?
    – Emre23
    Jun 12, 2014 at 6:36

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