How many of you have ever used the custom keyboard shortcuts on their OS X running machines? I have recently moved from Windows environment to OS X running machine, and things were pretty changed from my old machine. The new OS X Mavericks really amazed me with its animations, and speed performance tricks. However, at the end I have figured out that many things are changed from my old environment, and my daily routine shortcuts are also replaced with new keys on keyboard.
So I tried to look deep into OS X system preference, and figured out that there is a way to create custom keyword shortcuts on your OS X Mavericks running machine. I believe the same feature is also available on the older OS X versions for all range of users. The keyboard shortcut function really speeds up your stay on OS X running machine. It helped me in reaching the same speed on OS X machine, as I had on Windows running system.
Let’s move towards the actual process of creating a real keyboard shortcut for any of your installed application on your machine. In my case, I am assigning a keyboard shortcut to OS X Mavericks default “Preview” application. I want a special keyboard shortcut in the application that allows me to quickly rename the file name of image using Preview application.
Step 1: You need to look for the exact command name in the menu to execute via keyboard shortcut. For example, in Preview application the rename function is entitled with “Rename…”, so we need to memorize the exact format for later use.
Step 2: System Preference > Keyboard > Shortcuts
Step 3: Now click on ‘+’ sign-button to add your custom keyboard shortcut.
Step 4: Fill up the fields with relevant information:
Menu Title: Rename…
Keyboard Shortcut: ⇧⌘R
The final step of creating a custom keyboard shortcut should look like this. If you are on right track, all you need is to push the add button to finalize your shortcut.
If everything went great then your keyboard shortcut must be working perfectly in the Preview application or at least in any other application that you want to assign a keyboard shortcut.