I want to bind control-option-command-F to "Filter by Selected Cell's Value", a contextual menu item in Excel. As you can see in the screenshot

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it appears to be associated with the correct menu item, but pressing this keyboard shortcut does nothing. Selecting this menu item with the mouse does trigger the expected behavior.

I tried binding this same combination to a regular menu item ("Split") and that worked fine, so I don't think it's an issue of this combination of keys being incompatible with another shortcut.

Can anyone explain to me why this is not working?

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Check your System Preferences -> Keyboard -> Keyboard Shortcuts.

It may be that those keystrokes are already bound to a System function.

  • As I said, I tried binding the exact same combination of keys to a different menu item ("Split") and it worked without any issue. So, this does not seem to be the problem.
    – Tim
    Commented May 26, 2018 at 2:53

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