Creating keyboard shortcuts

Christopher Breen
3 February, 2009
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Think your favourite app is missing a keyboard shortcut that would make your life easier? Fortunately, recent versions of Mac OS X allow you to create shortcuts for many applications.

For example, say you want to create a keyboard shortcut for Safari’s ‘Merge all Windows’ option so you can bring your browser windows together in one tabbed interface.

launch System Preferences, select the Keyboard & Mouse item, and in the resulting window click the Keyboard Shortcuts tab. At the bottom of the window click the Plus (+) button.

In the sheet that appears choose Safari from the Application pop-up menu and, in the Menu Title field enter Merge All Windows. Click in the Keyboard Shortcut field and enter a shortcut—Command-Option-M, for example. Click the Add button in the sheet and close System Preferences. When you return to Safari you’ll discover the keyboard shortcut assigned to the Merge All Windows command in the Windows menu.

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