I am using Adobe Audition. I have defined a few shortcuts for functions I use the most. These shortcuts work sometimes, sometimes don't.

This is also true for shortcuts I have defined for other applications.

When these shortcuts fail, I click on the menu where their respective functions are and then if I try the shortcuts again they work but seconds later they fail again.

Is there a way to make they always work?

  • What is the version of macOS that you are using?
    – Nimesh Neema
    Commented Sep 24, 2018 at 16:57
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    Adobe software uses Adobe's own shortcut structure, not Apple's [unless Audition is different, I only use the graphics stuff] but knowing which apps & which versions [cos if you're running CS6 on High Sierra then nothing would surprise me], where you set the key combos...etc...
    – Tetsujin
    Commented Sep 24, 2018 at 17:02
  • show us an example of shortcuts in "other" applications. are they conflicting ?
    – Ruskes
    Commented Sep 24, 2018 at 17:04

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That would happen if you set up Shortcuts to work in "All Applications"

Try setting them Application Specific.


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Alternately monitor the com.apple.systempreferences.plist

located in ~/Library/Preferences and sort by date, to see if it changes without your interaction.

  • Ah, thanks. I did that now but the problem persists. Works 20% of the time and like I said, it is not just audition. It fails equally for all apps I have tested.
    – Duck
    Commented Sep 24, 2018 at 17:27
  • so you have someone overwriting your Preferences ? give some time to check on that.
    – Ruskes
    Commented Sep 24, 2018 at 17:35
  • do you use apps like MagicPrefs or Onyx or similar ?
    – Ruskes
    Commented Sep 24, 2018 at 17:47
  • I'm still worried about Adobe preferring to do its own shortcuts... clarification of my comment above would be nice...
    – Tetsujin
    Commented Sep 24, 2018 at 18:01
  • in your Finder go to ~/Library/Preferences and sort by date, and see which plist file is latest and when it changed.
    – Ruskes
    Commented Sep 24, 2018 at 18:05

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