How to Create and Use Apple Keyboard Shortcuts

How To Create Apple Keyboard Shortcuts

Shaving a few seconds off a process you do multiple times adds up over the scope if a year.

There are many great programs and services that can do similar things, like TextExpander and Keyboard Maestro, but this is built into the OS of every Mac.

Note: Newer Mac operating systems offer an app called Shortcuts. You may prefer to use it over the process I demonstrate below

Steps to creating an Apple Keyboard Shortcut

  • Go to System Preferences
  • Click on Keyboard
  • Click on the Shortcuts tab
  • Select App Shortcuts

At this point you need to know what command or string of commands you want to shortcut.

In my example, we will convert a .wav file to mp3 in the

The normal process to convert a file to MP3 in Apple's Music app

I'm going to shortcut my way through that 3-step process by pressing one key. Here's how:

  • First, I click on the + Plus symbol
  • Then, I select the application (in this example:
  • The string of commands I want the shortcut to follow is: File->Convert->Create MP3 Version
  • Finally, I enter the Keyboard Shortcut into the box, which is F3 and click on Add
How To Create Apple Keyboard Shortcuts

Tips: Don’t forget the ellipses if the command has one. Refer to this help article if you’re having trouble:

That's it!

I'd love to hear what keyboard shortcuts you create. Send them my way, and let's save time together!

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