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Series of one or several keys that invoke some software/os action when triggered by the user

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Can I create a shortcut to open a specific application on OS X?

I want to create a keyboard shortcut to i.e. open Firefox while I am working in another application. I know I can use ⌘ CMD+T when I am in Firefox to open a new tab. I haven't found a way to create ...
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Creating System-Wide Keyboard Shortcut To Launch Applications [duplicate]

I recently switched from Ubuntu, and I was feeling very comfortable with using Ctrl + Alt + T to launch terminal. Can I assign Shift + Cmd + T to do the same thing in Yosemite? Specifically, I want a ...
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How to set ⌘ + H to enable show hidden files

I want my Mac to show hidden files when i hit ⌘ + H (like ubuntu). I can see hidden files by putting this defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles YES command in terminal but i want to get a ...
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How can I make my Windows keyboard shortcuts work on a Mac, exactly how they do on Windows?

I've yet to find a guide that is both (a) complete, and (b) compatible with recent macOS releases. I have a Windows keyboard that I'd like to set up on my Mac to work with the same shortcuts. Some ...
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Can I globally change the cmd-Q shortcut to require holding for two seconds, like the option in Chrome?

Many, many times, I accidentally press ⌘+Q when I meant to close a tab or window, or switch applications. When I saw the option in Google Chrome to require the shortcut to be held, I was overjoyed. ...
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Keyboard shortcut for service only works after I manually run the service

After I assign a keyboard shortcut to initiate a service in System Preferences, I press the keyboard shortcut and nothing happens. I have to first click on the service title under the services menu (...
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How to make [return] behave as a [return] within Messages, Skype…

I am using Messages on both Macs & iPhones and I am typing a lot of E-mails. Within all these environment I am used to the normal behaviour of the return key. Within Messages this key doesn't ...
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How to display the current mapping for keyboard shortcuts in realtime?

Is there an app / script which will listen for keyboard events and display the action that is triggered? I use Better Touch Tool, and want to run a script on Cmd+F1 but I got the message: The key ...
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Open terminal via AppleScript

I'm tring to write a shortcut script in spark for opening the terminal. on run {input, parameters} tell application "Utilities/Terminal" // tried Utilities:Terminal and Terminal too reopen ...
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Keyboard shortcut to dismiss notifications

I'd like to be able to dismiss and open notifications with the keyboard (Not talking about opening/closing the notification center) Is this possible? And if so, how?
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How can I remap Caps lock to both Escape and Control?

I generally run Linux. I use Vim a lot, so the Escape key is extremely important. I also use other keyboard shortcuts a lot, so Control is "key" as well. On Linux, I've solved this by using xcape to ...
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In Safari, there is a lag for the Open Location and New Tab shortcuts.

I started noticing this about a month ago that when I hit CMD+L or CMD+T, there is about a second or so lag to when it actually does something. I verified it's not a memory problem, as it happens ...
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Why can I not set Safari keyboard shortcuts? Conflicts with secondary, unlisted Back/Forward commands

I use ⌘← and ⌘→ to move between tabs. I want to transfer this setting to Safari. The default Safari keyboard shortcuts shown in the menu bar list ⌘[ and ⌘] for Back/Forward: Despite those keyboard ...
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Sync keyboard shortcuts between macOS computers

I have a couple of custom shortcuts defined using System preferences > Keyboard > Shortcuts and I want to sync those between my two Macs. It seems, this is still not possible using iCloud. Are there ...
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Is it possible to enable OSX keyboard text substitution in more apps?

OSX has built into text substitution that is configured in System Preferences > Keyboard > Text. This works great in certain apps, such as Evernote and Textedit, but seems to be disabled in other apps/...
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How do I disable the media keys (play, pause, skip, etc.) on the macOS login window?

When playing music on iTunes or similar and then locking the screen (accomplished by hitting the ⌃⌘Q key combination or selecting "Lock Screen" from the  menu), how do I prevent the media keys from ...
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Is there a way to set another shortcut for “Eject” in the Finder without using a third-party application?

I use that shortcut system-wide for something else. Unfortunately although you can set menu item shortcuts from the settings, you can set it for a specific menu item. That means I can set it for Eject,...
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How to permanently delete text substitutions?

How do I permanently delete text substitutions from System Preferences > Keyboard > Text. I have deleted them several times using the (-) key, but they annoyingly reincarnate themselves after a ...
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Can I create a shortcut to type a short sequence of characters?

Is there a way to create a keyboard shortcut that would input a short defined sequence of characters into whatever text field is currently active? Is it maybe possible to achieve this with ...
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What's the keyboard shortcut for keyboard layout switch in Mojave?

Shift + Control + Space doesn't seem to work anymore.
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How to set it up to switch between tabs using TAB key on Macbook?

On the image below this is what I want to do. I want to be able to switch tab options with TAB key.
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I need a keyboard shortcut for Adding Bookmarks for multiple tabs in Safari

There was an older post about this question (link below) from a few years back but I'm wondering if that process no longer works due to iCloud bookmarks, Safari 12, new MacOS etc. What I would like ...
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Why shift-cmd-n fails as a custom shortcut for Firefox “New Private Window”?

I created the shiftcommandn shortcut for Firefox in Syst Prefs to match other browsers' behavior. It registers in the Firefox Menubar. But pressing the shortcut opens a new non-private window, and ...
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How to pause YouTube video via keyboard shortcut or from menu bar?

Is there a piece of software that allows one to pause (& un-pause) a currently playing YouTube video (or, ideally, any online video/audio media), with a keyboard shortcut or a conveniently ...
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Keyboard shortcut for powering down MacBook Pro with Touch Bar?

I received my new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar today and quickly realized that the shortcut ctrl+alt+cmd+power (documented here under 'Sleep, log out, and shut down shortcuts') no longer works for ...
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MBP Touch Bar Mirror Displays Keyboard Shorcut

On the new macbooks with the Touch Bar, what keyboard shortcut can be used to mirror displays? On Macbook Pros without the touchbar, the keyboard shortcut for mirroring displays was Command+F1. This ...
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iterm - what's the key-combo to switch panes?

I've learned how to split my terminal windows with apple-d and apple-shift-d. Its very useful. How do I then switch between the two panes (see below) using the keyboard? I know I can use the mouse ...
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Sending Control+Alt+ <char> to terminal in iTerm2

When I press Control + Command + i I would like iTerm2 to send the shortcut as C-M-i (i.e. ctrl+alt+i) to my terminal. I have How can I do that? I have tried with the following with no luck: Any ...
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How to close a window without the application quitting?

The OS X menu allows exit, minimize and maximize: I know the following shortcuts: Exit: command+Q Minimize: command + M Maximize: ? When I use command+Q to exit the behavior differs from ...
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Is it possible to type in macron (e.g. “ā”) without using U.S. Extended Keyboard?

I want to type in macron (e.g. ā) in my OS X, but after I searched for how to type in it, I got that I first must use U.S. Extended Keyboard as suggested in this article. However, once I switch to U....
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Previous deleted text keyboard shortcuts keep appearing

I kept a bunch of keyboard shortcuts via System Preferences > Keyboard > Keyboard Shortcuts and over time, I deleted some shortcuts that are not necessary for me and added new ones. Some time ago, ...
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Why can't I quit Finder with the shortcut (cmd+q) [duplicate]

I usually quit my applications with the shortcut Command Q but it doesn't work for the Finder app. I can hide it with Command H but I can't quit it. Any suggestion to solve this?
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Add Keyboard Shortcut to Mac

Is there a way I can make a keyboard shortcut for this? Tab, Tab, ⬇︎, S, Return ⏎, Return ⏎ Is there a way I can bind this to a keyboard shortcut, i.e. ⌘ Command⌥ OptionG?
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Spotlight shortcut (cmd+space) no longer working

I commonly use the cmd-space shortcut to bring up the spotlight, but as of yesterday it no longer works. I did not knowingly update my software beforehand, I do not have any conflicts in the keyboard ...
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How to make selection from AppleScript dialog list with keystroke?

I've created an application with AppleScript in Automator. The application, right off the bat, presents the user with a dialog list. By default, there are two ways to select an item from the list: ...
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How to change the default shortcut for “move focus to next window” to something else? [duplicate]

On Slovenian keyboard it's impossible to click the default shortcut.
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I can't enter Command+Shift+Up/Down on macOS Sierra

Since upgrading to macOS Sierra (10.12.1 non-beta), I can no longer enter the keyboard combination Command+Shift+Up Arrow or Command+Shift+Down Arrow. I use this in text editors to select everything ...
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Replace keyboard shortcut for ⌥ + d

I want to replace the keyboard shortcut for ⌥Option + d = ∂ with ⌥Option + d = ð How can I do that?
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How to fast navigate through emoji panel

On mac we can use Cmd+Ctrl+Space to quickly launch an emoji panel and type in emojis. And on that panel, we can navigate around with the arrow keys and press enter to type in the selected emoji. I am ...
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Command + Space Spotlight shortcut stopped working

I don't know what made it stopped working. I use BetterTouchTools, but not command has that shortcut and even when I close it, Command + Space still doesn't work. I checked System Preferences → ...
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How can I turn off Bluetooth with only keyboard actions?

A trackpad in another room was interfering with my ability to use my laptop's native trackpad, such that I could not click on anything. I wanted to either turn off bluetooth or disconnect the ...
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Create keyboard shortcuts for touch bar's functions

I have broken the touch bar in my MacBook Pro 13". Only the ESC key keeps working. Replacing the touch bar may be expensive so I'd like to know if it is possible to replace its functions with ...
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Is Cmd+F10 that mute the Mac a built-in OS X keyboard shortcut?

I just discovered that the combination of Cmd+F10 (without any Fn key pressed) muted my mac. I wanted to know if it was a built-in keyboard shortcut as it does not appear in the System preferences.
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Enable the display of harddrives in the finder sidebar from terminal

I administrate MacBooks (os version 10.13) most of the time remotely and as much as possible from terminal only. I know how to display Hard drives in the sidebar of the Finder using the graphical ...
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Can't use command+space to change input source

I have been having an issue regarding keyboard short-cut to change input source between Japanese and English on a new iMac running on Sierra. On my old Mac, I used "command+space" (Fig. 1) to change ...
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Sync custom App Shortcuts via iCloud

I know that with Mavericks and iOS 7, iCloud syncs text shortcuts automatically across devices. Does iCloud also sync custom Application specific Shortcuts across Macs? Application specific ...
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Zoom in on a photo in Quick Look in macOS Mojave Beta

One invaluable Quick Look feature which I used to use pre-Mojave was pressing the "alt/option" button when using Quick Look to view a photo, which zoom in on the photo to its actual size. However, it ...
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Shortcut - El Capitan Dialog Box switch between option

How do we switch between options in confirm dialog boxes on El Capitan. Older OSXs was switching by using spacebar. Not working anymore.
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App Keyboard Shortcuts Display Bug?

I'm encountering what appears to be a bug in the display of  > System Preferences > Keyboard: Shortcuts - App Shortcuts. The shortcuts are functional, but as you can see, their names randomly ...
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Change the Option+R/L shortcuts to Control+R/L

I would like to remap the Option+L/R shortcut on my Mac keyboard to Control+R/L. I don't want to use the modifier keys dialog because I only want to change these particular shortcuts. Any help would ...