I am used to bring up the menu bar search in any application by pressing Cmd + Shift + / on a US keyboard layout.

However with my new MacBook this only brings up the Help window, since the shortcut for Help is Cmd + ? which is exactly what Cmd + (Shift + /) would do (? is 2nd option on the / key).

Any idea how to change this behaviour or set this shortcut up manually?

  • “Menu Bar Search?” Do you mean Spotlight? Try Cmd-Space
    – Allan
    Mar 21, 2023 at 17:31
  • @Allan no, I mean the search field that appears under "Help" in the menu bar of every application.
    – johk95
    Mar 22, 2023 at 9:33

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Under System Settings, Keyboard, Shortcuts there is a predefined shortcut named "Show Help menu" under App Shortcuts - All Applications. You can set your own keystroke there (I use Shift+Cmd+/).

  • This answer does not address the origional question, under the help menu there is a search field that searches menus command within the application. Oct 15, 2023 at 6:03
  • It does work :) Hint: The applications, such as system preferences, need to restart for this to work. Oct 15, 2023 at 6:09

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