Is it possible to create a keyboard shortcut for a contextual menu item and if so, how? I'm not sure if this functionality was available in Lion, but if it wasn't, maybe it is in Mountain Lion.

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    Most contextual menu items have corresponding shortcuts in the menubar. Which app are you looking to add shortcuts to?
    – duci9y
    Commented Aug 5, 2012 at 8:27

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You can set shortcuts for some context shortcuts, specifically anything that's a service. Most app-specific context menu items aren't services (although some, such as services to modify a file in a particular app are), so they can't be assigned shortcuts. So it depends which items you want a shortcut for, but it's doable.

To add a shortcut for a service, open Keyboard Preferences, click the Keyboard Shortcuts tab, and select Services in the left pane. Then look for the context menu item you want in the right pane, click it and you'll get an option to set a shortcut.

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