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How to add a custom keyboard shortcut


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For example, I want

Apple Key + 1 = Terminal

Apple Key + 2 = Safari

etc?

How can this be done in mac os X. I couldn't find this in the "System Preferences" and "Keyboard Shortcuts".

Thanks for your time,

Daniel
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I believe you can add custom keyboard shortcuts by going to "System Preferences"->"Keyboard & Mouse". Select the "Keyboard Shortcuts" tab.

Click on + and then select the application from the "Application" box.

Select a menu title (command) if applicable and then choose which keyboard shortcut keys you wish to apply. You should be able to repeat the process for as many shortcuts as you need provided they don't duplicate what the system already uses.

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I tried that but it works to create shortcuts within an application.

I want the ability to create shortcuts to start an Application. For example by pressing command+1 would open a terminal for me. I hate using mouse or mousepad.

I tried exactly what you told me before posting my problem and it won't solve the issue I am having. Comments welcome....

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You're correct, it only works within an application. A Google search doesn't help much as most responses are for remapping the keyboard shortcuts for applications or movements.

You're probably going to have to find a third party application which allows for special keyboard command customization - something like "WinKey", a popular freeware keyboard customizing program for Windows.

Sorry I can't be of more help.

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Thanks for your help and time. I appreciate it.
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I'm trying to re-map shortcut for putting display to sleep (shift, control, eject) to something I can do to with one hand, but I cannot find the shortcut listed anywhere in the keyboard shortcuts section of system preferences.

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Install the Quicksilver beta from blacktree... once in quicksilver (you can make it a startup item with no dock icon too so that its completely in the background), go to preferences. If you can't get there, you invoke quicksilver by hitting control spacebar, then get to preferences by hitting command , (comma). Go to Triggers, hit the plus sign. Select "Hotkey." Start typing the app you want to launch. "Open" should be the default action, but if it isn't, hit tab to advance to that field, then type open. Click save. Then you click the empty space where it says "Trigger" (have), and go under the settings pane. Click into the "Enter hotkey" field that is flashing, and then hit the key combo you want to assign. You've got some other options that are fairly self explanatory, like if you want to launch it on release of the keys, on hold for x amount of time, or just on press.

For the record, I usually make my custom hotkey commands contain both command and shift just to prevent overlap with other App key combos.
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can't you use bettertouchtool to do this? (sorry, I didn't see that this was an old thread )

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I believe you can add custom keyboard shortcuts by going to "System Preferences"->"Keyboard & Mouse". Select the "Keyboard Shortcuts" tab.

Click on + and then select the application from the "Application" box.

Select a menu title (command) if applicable and then choose which keyboard shortcut keys you wish to apply. You should be able to repeat the process for as many shortcuts as you need provided they don't duplicate what the system already uses.

Regards.
So I created a shortcut for "start speaking text" using command+T

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