How do you define a keyboard shortcut in macOS (along with submenus)

Since transitioning to Macs, keyboard application shortcuts have been something I've begun to utilize whenever I'm able. They enhance my productivity and my overall experience when switching between multiple applications. Most people don't know that it's possible to map every menu you can think of to any combination of keys you'd like, using the built-in macOS options. Today I'll demonstrate how to create the keyboard shortcut and follow up when submenus are to be utilized.

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How do you define a keyboard app shortcut (basic)

Then, I'll walk you through the steps to set up a simple keyboard shortcut.

Save time with Mac keyboard shortcuts — Apple Support, Source: Youtube, Apple Support

Step 1

Select "Apple icon" to open the "Apple icon - System Preferences - Keyboard - Shortcuts."

Step 2

Go to "App Shortcuts" and then hit the + icon to create the keyboard shortcut of your choice.

Step 3.

Select your application by selecting it from the list. This will determine where you would like the shortcut keyboard to function. Enter the exact title of the menu and enter an appropriate keyboard shortcut. After you're finished, then select "Add."

In this case, I'm using Mailplane, which is a Gmail client. There was an option to paste and to match the design. I have frequently used this shortcut key in pasting hyperlinks or rich text into emails I want to reduce to plain text.

How do I set up an app shortcut for keyboards using menus

Then, I'll guide you through the process of setting up the keyboard shortcuts in the event of a submenu in the. It's one minor formatting tweak to enable keyboard shortcuts anyplace within the submenu.

Create Your Own Custom Mac Keyboard Shortcuts, Source: Youtube, macmostvideo

Step 1

Go to"Apple" and then click on "Apple icon - System Preferences... - Keyboard - Shortcuts."

Step 2

Select "App Shortcuts" and then hit the + icon to create an additional keyboard shortcut.

Step 3

Select your application in the dropdown. This will determine where you would like this keyboard shortcut to be used. After that, enter the exact title of the menu.

The trick is to modify the format because it is a submenu (as shown below). It is necessary to include the word "->" without spaces between the title fields of the menu.

Create the keyboard shortcut, then select "Add."


You are aware of several methods to include the keyboard shortcut to macOS. We hope this will help you be more productive when bouncing between different apps.

If you have any additional keyboard shortcuts for apps you'd like to share, drop them in the comments below.

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Hope this article is helpful to you, thanks for reading.