I work with a disabled person who uses their communication-aid to control their iMac through keyboard and mouse commands.

I'm setting up keyboard shortcuts to launch applications directly using services in Automator, however the communication-aid doesn't have the ability to send the command key.

How can I get OSX to recognise other key combinations? (e.g. ctrl-alt-f to launch FireFox)

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This article explains how to customize keyboard shortcuts.


Dragon Naturally Speaking allows you to open applications by speech, not to mention all of the other benefits of working via speech when there are motor-issues to consider.

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