For over 10 years I have been using Linux, where I always had Alt+Enter as a shortcut to open a new terminal. Recently due to employment change I have to use MacOS. About 100 times a day I hit Alt+Enter with nothing happening. I would like to set or hack my beloved shortcut into MacOS. Using Shortcuts in System Preferences/Keyboard does not seem to accept the Enter key.

You would earn my eternal gratitude by pointing me in the right direction!

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    You can use Opt/Enter (or Return) as a shortcut. What are you using as your Menu trigger? – Tetsujin Feb 11 at 10:56
  • You need to use fn + Return in order to put Return key into keyboard shortcut in System Preferences > Keyboard > Shortcuts. – Aivar Paalberg Feb 11 at 12:34
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    @AivarPaalberg - since when? Is that a laptop thing? I only have Mac Pros here, no laptops to test. – Tetsujin Feb 11 at 13:29
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    @Tetsujin - since never. My mistake, one can put Return without Fn into shortcut. – Aivar Paalberg Feb 11 at 13:44
  • Take a look at this answer: Creating System-Wide Keyboard Shortcut To Launch Applications – howdytom Feb 11 at 16:21

You can try and follow the Automator action at the following related post.


I do something like this to launch my work apps in the morning.

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