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How to create your own hotkeys for any program on macOS


Hotkeys in the macOS operating system help many users to simplify their work not only with the system as a whole, but also with the Safari browser, text editors, Recycle Bin, Finder and other programs. Recently, we talked about the Cheat Sheet utility, which allows you to determine the keyboard shortcuts used in a particular application on the computer.

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But what to do if in one application or another there are no suitable hot keys for a certain function? In this article, we’ll show you how to create your own keyboard shortcuts for any program on macOS.

For a good example, here is a standard image editing application View. In the editorial office we have to very often use this program to prepare pictures.

Unfortunately in Watching there are no default shortcuts for the functions we often use Export and Resize.

How to create your own hotkeys for any program on macOS

How to create your own hotkeys for any program on macOS

Function Export helps to save images in the desired format, and Resize – Resize them accordingly.

To perform these actions you have to open the menu File and Instruments and already there, select the desired option. This is not very convenient.

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How to create your own hotkeys for any program on macOS

In order to add a new keyboard shortcut, you need to do a few simple steps.

1. Open the context menu of the program and find the option for which you want to assign a keyboard shortcut. In our example, this is the menu File and option Export….

How to create your own hotkeys for any program on macOS

2. Open System settingsGo along the path: Keyboard → Keyboard Shortcut. In the window that appears, select Program Keyboard Shortcuts and click on “+”.

3. In the menu that opens, select the desired program. Then enter the name of the command for which you want to assign a keyboard shortcut (it should be written exactly the same as in the program itself, for example, in Watching options Export and Customize size are indicated with an ellipsis “…” (that’s why), and indicate – Export… and Customize size …)

How to create your own hotkeys for any program on macOS

The last step is to assign a keyboard shortcut to an action in the program. In our example, we assign a combination ⌘Cmd + D for the team Export… and ⌘Cmd + E – for option Customize size ….

How to create your own hotkeys for any program on macOS

If you did everything correctly, then from now on the shortcut menu of the program will display the “hot” keys you set.

How to create your own hotkeys for any program on macOS

How to create your own hotkeys for any program on macOS

Using this method, you can reassign standard keyboard shortcuts as well.

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