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How to Assign Shortcut Keys on a Mac

If you find yourself constantly behind at work, save time by performing those repetitive computer tasks with the stroke of a key.


  • Step 1: Open the Keyboard and Mouse folder Open System Preferences, and then select Keyboard and Mouse.
  • Step 2: Click Keyboard Shortcuts Click on the Keyboard Shortcuts tab and then the Plus icon in the lower left.
  • Step 3: Choose an application Choose the application to which you wish to assign the shortcut from the pop-up menu.
  • TIP: Not all applications will allow a shortcut key to be set.
  • Step 4: Assign a title Assign a title for the action you wish to perform in the Menu Title field.
  • TIP: You must type the command exactly as it appears in the application's menu, including ellipses or any other punctuation. To type an ellipsis, press Option-semicolon.
  • Step 5: Type key combination Type the key combination you wish to use as a shortcut in the Keyboard Shortcut field and then click Add.
  • TIP: Hold down the Command, Control, or Option key to start your shortcut, and then any letters or numbers not already used.
  • Step 6: View your shortcut View your shortcut next to the command by closing and reopening the application you changed. This will help you to remember your shortcut for future use.
  • FACT: Did you know? The average full-time worker admits to wasting about two hours a day, mostly by surfing the internet.

You Will Need

  • Basic computer knowledge

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