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I am using a Macbook Pro (Retina, Mid-2014) running El Capitan. Is there a way to set a shortcut that opens a specific app (in my case Activity Monitor)?

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    What about Spotlight (⌘+Space bar) and entering first letters of an app? – Mateusz Szlosek Mar 2 '16 at 18:08
  • You mean a keyboard shortcut? – CousinCocaine Mar 2 '16 at 18:14
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You will find several solutions (Keyboard Maestro, Karabiner, Automator Wrapper) or here (LaunchBar/Quicksilver) to accomplish this.

Another Karabiner solution is the Launcher Mode:

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  1. Download, install and start Karabiner.
  2. In the menubar open Karabiner -> Preferences
  3. Search for Launcher and enable the preset.
  4. To open Activity Monitor hold OA and release A

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