1. Keyboard shortcuts will only work while the app is running, but you can have the app start automatically at login using “Preferences” menu “About” tab. You can hide the menu bar icon or hide individual actions in the menu. To add separators to the script list menu: use.
  2. Create Desktop Shortcuts on Mac Using Drag and Drop. The above method is swift and simple. It is the one I prefer. However, there is an additional way to create folder and app shortcuts on Mac. Be at the location of the folder or app you want to create the shortcut of.

macOS is a wonderful operation system. Unlike iOS, Apple allows all the customization options on the macOS. You can change the default browser and Mail app and make other changes to your preference. Among them, the ability to create custom keyboard shortcuts for macOS's most-used actions is my favorite addition.

Seeing only active apps at the bottom of your desktop can be a refreshing change if your Dock has become cluttered with various app shortcuts over time, and you can always use Spotlight (key.

By default, macOS comes with most-essential keyboard shortcuts to improve your productivity. But there can be times when you want to access certain menus or functions such as Notification Centre or Do Not Disturb mode repeatedly and miss the absence of those swift keyboard shortcuts. Thankfully, you can always assign custom keyboard shortcuts for them.

The functionality doesn’t end here. You can also create keyboard shortcuts for third-party apps like Firefox, Pixelmator, and more.

In this post, we are going to talk about how to create custom keyboard shortcuts on Mac. I will explain how you can simplify your workflow by setting up custom keyboard shortcuts for macOS menu, functions, and third-party apps. Let’s get started.

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Create Keyboard Shortcuts for Frequently Used Words and Phrases

This one is similar to iOS. You can create keyboard shortcuts forfrequently used words and phrases. I can’t emphasize enough how muchtime it has saved me over the years.

You can set keyboard shortcuts for email ID, home address, and otherphrases that you use frequently. Follow the steps below to set them up.

Step 1: Tap on the Apple logo at the upper left corner and open System Preferences.

Step 2: Navigate to Keyboard > Text.

Step 3: Tap on the ‘+’ icon at the bottom leftcorner and add the shortcut for the phrase. For example, you can type‘email’ in it and replace the phrase with your actual email ID.


You can create as many keyboard shortcuts that you like in the macOS. I have created keyboard shortcuts for special charactersincluding degree, rupee, and added a couple of my email addresses. Ican simply type ‘degree’ and macOS will replace it with the degreesymbol.

Note: You can create a customkeyboard shortcut for email but don’t try to do the same for thepassword. Anyone using your Mac can access the Keyboard menu without anyauthentication. So, it’s not wise to create custom keyboard shortcutsfor passwords.

Assign Keyboard Shortcuts for macOS Menu

As mentioned earlier, macOS comes with a ton of keyboardshortcuts to improve your productivity. But it doesn’t support all themenus and functions on the Mac. That's where Mac keyboardcustomization options come in. You can look at default keyboardshortcuts in Mac, remove them, and even assign new keyboard shortcutsfor other macOS menus.

Go through the steps below to set them up.

Step 1: Open Spotlight Search (use Command + Space keyboard shortcut) and type System Preferences in it.

Step 2: Go to Keyboard > Shortcuts.

Step 3: You will see a bunch of options on theleft side. You can take a look at assigned keyboard shortcuts. You candisable the keyboard shortcut for it and even double tap on it andassign a new keyboard shortcut.

In some options, you will see ‘none’ written on the sides. That means the system hasn’t assigned any keyboard shortcut to it, but you can add one based on your preference.

For example, you can go to Mission Control and assign keyboardshortcuts for Show/Hide Notification Center and Turn on/off Do NotDisturb mode.

macOS also allows you to add keyboard shortcuts for otherservices such as Pictures, Messaging, Files and Folder, Searching, Text,and Internet. For instance, I use Pixelmator to edit images. Instead ofselecting images and then opening them from the context menu, I can assign a keyboard shortcut for it.

Go to Services > Pictures > Open with Pixelmator Pro andassign a keyboard shortcut for it. Next time, just select the picturesthat you want to edit in the app and use the keyboard shortcut to openthem in the app and start editing.

Note: Don’t assign a keyboardshortcut that’s already enabled in the macOS. Try to use a uniquecombination of keys that don’t interfere with other keyboard shortcutson Mac.
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Create App Keyboard Shortcuts

Most Mac apps do come with keyboard shortcuts support out of the box. But it might not be enough for you as they don’t support keyboard shortcuts for every menu or function. In such cases, you can always create custom app keyboard shortcuts.

Step 1: Tap on the Apple logo at the upper left corner and open System Preferences.

Step 2: Navigate to Keyboard > Shortcuts > App Shortcuts and tap on the ‘+’ icon at the bottom left corner.

Step 3: You can either create a universal keyboard shortcut for all applications or go to a specific app.

Step 4: Now, you need to enter the exact name of the menu command you want to add. Add menu title and keyboard shortcut for it.

That’s it. You can now use the assigned keyboard shortcut in the appto access the relevant menu. Let me remind you again, be aware ofsetting a keyboard shortcut that may duplicate one that is already inuse by another system function or app if they conflict with eachother or fail to perform an action at all.

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The last thing you want is to go to the trouble of setting up a key combination that ultimately fails to perform the action.

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macOS offers the flexibility to customize and assign a keyboardshortcut to every menu and option on the OS. Go through the tricks aboveand customize the keyboard shortcuts you like and experience yourproductivity going through the roof. Are there any specific custom shortcuts you've created and would like to share them others? Mention them in the comments below.

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The tug of war between Mac OS and Windows seems to be never-ending. But I can sense that the former has garnered more attention from users. Slowly and gradually, people are moving to Mac OS from Windows.

Though they have to face some teething troubles during the first few weeks, they get along well with the interface and other functionalities. What works for Mac OS is that once a user uses it for six months or a year, he would never come back to Windows or any other operating system.

I had experienced this feeling of awesomeness when I switched from Android to iOS. But all said and done, the desktop of Windows PC has always ruled the roost. Some of the desktop functionalities can’t be found in Mac OS, and this could be the possible reason why Windows fans stick to their ‘beloved’ operating system.

If one thing I have to appreciate about Windows is its ability to create shortcuts for applications. Users who have recently moved from Windows computer to a Mac, you must have faced this issue of placing icon shortcuts of your favorite apps.

But the good news is that Mac users can also place shortcut icons of apps they use regularly. Want to know how? Read on…

How to place app shortcut icons on your Mac desktop

First off, launch a Finder window on your Mac.

Click on Applications from the left side navigation.

Now select the app you want to create a shortcut for.

Drag the app and drop it on the desktop.

Hurray!! The shortcut icon is now created. You can follow this action to create shortcut icons for other apps as well.

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