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My Problem

On my Mac I would love to emulate my Linux development workflow using key-binds. A core part of this workflow is that when I press [super]-[enter] a new terminal window opens.

My Attempts

I have an automator service that opens a new terminal for me, whether or not my iterm2 application is running. I am trying to assign that service to a shortcut using instructions found here. Unfortunately, I cannot seem to assign it the shortcut that I would prefer, which is [command]-[return]. Am I missing something? Is this just not supported, or is there a workaround that I could use?

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Unfortunately, one cannot assign ⌘↩ in:

System Preferences > Keyboard > Shortcuts > Services

However, one can assign ⌘↩ in FastScripts.


Note that I am not affiliated with the developer of FastScripts, just a satisfied user of the product.

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  • Gets the job done for me, thanks! I didn't find a "getting started guide" for FastScripts, so I had to dig a little bit. For documentation's sake, what worked for me was to create the script: /Library/Scripts/<newdirectory>/<newfile>.applescript then go open FastScripts -> Preferences and select the file to create the shortcut. – Brett Holman Oct 23 '19 at 18:21
  • @Brett Holman, Yeah documentation is sparse. There is FastScripts: Frequently Asked Questions, which may be helpful. – user3439894 Oct 23 '19 at 18:39
  • @CJK, Pressing fn in conjunction with ⌘↩ in System Preferences > Keyboard > Shortcuts > Services did not allow ⌘↩ to be assigned for me in macOS High Sierra. Also, I have in the past tried editing the com.apple.symbolichotkeys.plist file to add ⌘↩ for a service and it did not work. YMMV This is one of the reasons I use FastScripts. – user3439894 Oct 26 '19 at 16:28
  • Ah well, I knew it wasn't guaranteed, although I've had some good instances with both techniques where I got what I wanted. But, I'm certainly not arguing against the merits of FastScripts, of which I am a faithful user and my life would definitely be worse without it. – CJK Oct 26 '19 at 17:00

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