I use Raycast instead of Spotlight, so I've re-assigned the cmd-space hotkey to Raycast and disabled the shortcut in System Settings > Keyboard > Keyboard Shortcuts > Spotlight.

Until recently this worked fine, but lately the shortcut keeps getting re-enabled and I have to go into System Settings and disable it after every reboot.

  1. What would cause this? Searching the internet it seems like this isn't a common problem.
  2. As a workaround can I write some time of a script that will run at startup to disable it?
  • Instead on disabling try reassigning to another key combination. Commented Mar 18 at 17:17
  • I have tried that, for some reason it also doesn't work.
    – user448830
    Commented Mar 18 at 20:09

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I tried the steps from https://old.reddit.com/r/MacOS/comments/194xe60/spotlight_keyboard_shortcuts_reset_after_every/kjzwhif/ and tentatively I think it worked!

If it was caused by a corrupt ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.symbolichotkeys.plist file then deleting or renaming it before disabling the shortcut should allow it to "stick".

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