Is there any combination of modifier keys that could be considered 'safe' for setting global shortcuts with a third-party app? For example, I do window snapping with cmdoptJ|L, but cmdoptI would conflict with Chrome's dev tools shortcut.

I'd like a set of modifiers I can use for virtually any global shortcut I want without conflict.

  • I use 3 & 4 key modifiers to stay out of the way of other apps.
    – Tetsujin
    Jan 21, 2016 at 16:23

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For personal macros, I usually simply use the control key—practically nothing uses just the control key as a modifier; it's always paired with command. (e.g. J/L)

If you're asking so you can include it in software you're developing to widely distribute, though, I wouldn't recommend this for exactly the reason that it's a good idea for personal use: it's pretty non-standard.

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