There are several ways you can bolster your productivity on mac. But the one that can bring about a decisive change is a custom shortcut. Yet to put your hands on this terrain? Making custom keyboard shortcuts for apps on Mac is fun, and you would like using them to get your work done a bit faster and more efficiently.
Keep in mind; you will be able to make keyboard shortcuts only for the existing menu commands. You won’t be allowed to create them for general tasks like opening an app. Another thing worth mentioning is that some apps might not let you set keyboard shortcuts.
So, craft the shortcut for the menu item, which you have to access time and again within an app or in all apps. Just ensure it falls in line with your usage.
How to Create Custom Keyboard Shortcuts on macOS
Step #1. First off, click on Apple menu and select System Preferences.
Step #2. Now, click on Keyboard.
Step #3. Select Shortcuts → Next, click App Shortcuts on the left.
Step #5. Up next, click the Application pop-up menu and then select a specific app or All Applications.
Note: If an app isn’t in the list, select Other and then find it app using the Open dialog. If you wish to set a shortcut for a menu command that shows up in several apps, make sure to select All Applications.
In the Menu Title field, you need to type the menu command for which you wish to create a shortcut. Next, click in the Keyboard Shortcut field and then press the key combination that you would like to use as the keyboard shortcut. Next up, click Add.
Be sure to type it just the way it appears in the app. If you want to create a shortcut for the default ligature command in TextEdit, simply type Format->Font->Ligatures->Use Default
To make a shortcut for the Export to PDF command, you need to type File->Export to PDF
Note: macOS lets use a key only once in a key combination. One thing worth noting is that if you create a custom a keyboard shortcut that is already available for another command or another app, the newly created shortcut won’t work.
How to Delete Custom Keyboard Shortcuts on Mac
No longer want to use a custom shortcut? Well, you can quickly remove it from your roaster!
Step #1. Click on Apple menu → System Preferences → Keyboard → Shortcuts.
Step #2. Now, you need to select the shortcut you want to remove and then click the Delete button.
That’s all folks!
Boost your productivity
So, that’s how you can enhance your user-experience and use apps more efficiently. Have any feedback? Shoot it in the comments below.
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