I want to add a key binding that allows me to use it even when the application is not in the foreground. Specifically how would I add play/skip/previous key bindings to Spotify?

I'm not looking for the media key bindings. They can stay as is. I would like to add custom ones with keys of my choosing.

  • It's not a duplicate. That's not even close to what I'm asking. Apr 20, 2016 at 18:21
  • As written, it's too close to the duplicate. Your issue might not at all be duplicate - so an edit to this explaining specifically why this isn't a duplicate and linking to the post should be enough to review this and get it reopened. Perhaps you have a specific key combination you wish to bind? (or explicitly don't want to use the F7 through F9 alternate meanings?)
    – bmike
    Apr 20, 2016 at 19:19

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This can be answered by this other question. Basically, you're going to want to create an Automator action and assign it a global shortcut using the Keyboard preferences panel.

Edit: @bmike , the dupe you referenced didn't answer his question. The one I linked to does.

  • Thanks jimmy0x52 - what's going to be best - picking the details from the answers you linked to or just closing this dupe of the other.
    – bmike
    Apr 20, 2016 at 19:59
  • @bmike The accepted answer in that other thread is very elaborate - I'd suggest just pointing this at that thread and closing this one as a dupe. Apr 22, 2016 at 18:47
  • Perfect. Thank you. That link is closer to a duplicate. Apr 23, 2016 at 1:33

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