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Add A Keyboard Shortcut To Any Menu Bar Command

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Many of the menu bar commands within Mountain Lion has a keyboard shortcut. This makes working with your Mac quicker and simpler. However, some apps don’t have a keyboard command in which you can invoke a command menu bar option. For example if you use a menu bar command, in any application, frequently you may want to add a keyboard, luckily your Mac has the ability. This doesn’t involve any complex steps or commands. Just the inbuilt features of your OS.

Add Your Own Keyboard Shortcuts

You can do this with any menu bar command. However, you have to follow the steps to make sure your Mac will automatically pick up the correct menu bar command.

To start with open System Preferences. Select the Keyboard preference pane. From this option select the Keyboard Shortcuts tab. Within the left hand column select the Application Shortcut option. Use the small plus button to add a new command.

Find the application in question, for this example I have picked TextEdit. Select the application. Then type exactly the name of the menu bar command you want to add the shortcut. Ensure you have the correct capitalisation. If the command has an ellipses (…) add this to the command as well. Note that ellipses don’t have a space after the name.

The keyboard shortcut command can be used to add a shortcut to any command.

The keyboard shortcut command can be used to add a shortcut to any command.

It is that simple. It doesn’t take too long to implement either.

Before and After

Before and After

If you ever want to delete the shortcut, simply use the minus symbol within System Preference to remove the entry.

Adding A Keyboard Short Cut To Safari Bookmarks

This trick can also be done to any Safari Bookmark. Using the System Preference option again, select the name of the bookmark as it appears in Safari. It is worth shortening the name to ensure it is picked up by Safari. Then as you did previously add a keyboard shortcut.

This trick can be done with Safari bookmarks.

This trick can be done with Safari bookmarks.

You have to ensure the name of the bookmark is matched within System Preferences, I recommend you copy and paste the name from Safari’s bookmark organiser. This does mean if you can the bookmark name, it may break the link.

My Safari Bookmarks can now have keyboard shortcuts.

My Safari Bookmarks can now have keyboard shortcuts.

Conclusion

It is now easy to add a keyboard shortcut to any menu bar command. It is also really easy to add them to bookmarks and favourites.

 


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