The Preferences.app > Keyboard > Shortcuts pane allows for the creation of shortcuts to activate menu commands. However if that menu command already has a keyboard then that shortcut is overridden by the new shortcut.

For example, the Paste menu command - I would prefer to use more than one shortcut to execute that command.

  • Command + V
  • Shift + Insert

How do I prevent the second addition from removing the first that so that I can create as many keyboard shortcut aliases as I want for a given menu command?

  • But what should happen if you enter a given shortcut? Should all commands be executed simultaneously? Downvoters, please leave feedback on how to improve the question!
    – n1000
    May 1, 2019 at 9:22
  • @n1000 Other way round, I think: Several shortcuts for the same command, so one can use Cmd-V and Shift-Insert to paste, for example.
    – nohillside
    May 1, 2019 at 11:04
  • @nohillside Exactly!. May 1, 2019 at 11:37
  • I've never seen an Insert key on an Apple keyboard. May 2, 2019 at 0:48
  • @SteveMoser Any luck finding a solution?
    – ruffin
    Jun 17, 2020 at 14:37

1 Answer 1


Look into using the application "Keyboard Maestro" as a possible solution to your problem.

  • Would you consider editing this to show how the maestro would handle two combinations on one item?
    – bmike
    May 1, 2019 at 23:06

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