Most options in the menus of Mac OS X applications can be activated with keyboard shortcuts. Every once in a while, you may come across an option that does not have a keyboard shortcut assigned to it. This tutorial will show you how to create your own shortcuts.
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To set up a new keyboard shortcut in Mac OS X:
- Choose Apple, System Preferences, Keyboard.
- Make sure you’re in the Keyboard Shortcuts pane and select the Add (+) button on the right side of the window.
- Choose the application where the keyboard shortcut will be used from the menu at the top of the popup window.
- Enter the name of the menu command exactly as it appears in the application you selected in step 3.
- Choose a shortcut by typing it into the Shortcut text box, then choose Add.
The Keyboard Shortcuts pane is also where you can change existing shortcuts. To change a shortcut, double-click the existing shortcut and enter new shortcut keys.