Setting up Keyboard Shortcuts for Applications with Keyboard Maestro

Posted by Jono on December 14, 2016 in Tips & Tricks

One of the first things I do when I get a new Mac, is set up new keyboard shortcuts for all of the applications that I use. Until today, I had always used System Preferences > Keyboard > Shortcuts: App Shortcuts to set my shortcuts up.

Until today, every time I get a new Mac, I would go back into System Preferences > Keyboard > Shortcuts: App Shortcuts, and redo all of my shortcuts… one at a time… it is very tedious. Totally worth it, but tedious.

Today, I found Keyboard Maestro and it’s ability to not only replace the tedious System Preferences > Keyboard > Shortcuts: App Shortcuts setup, but also sync the shortcuts across multiple Macs.

A Bit of Background

I love Keynote. I use it more than any other App on my Mac. In Keynote, I have set up Keyboard shortcuts for all of the features I use that do not natively have a shortcut.

For example, to create a new rectangle in Keynote, I press SHIFT + CMD (⌘) + [ and a rectangle appears on the stage. To create a circle, I press SHIFT + CMD (⌘) + 0 and a circle appears. To left align multiple objets, I select them and press OPTION + CMD (⌘) + Left Arrow and all of the items snap to the left. This saves me a lot of time, not having to use the User Interface or application menus to create shapes and align them. I currently have 30 custom keyboard shortcuts set up for Keynote. Recreating each of them on a new Mac would take a long time. (Save time. Feel good.). If this sounds useful to you, watch the tutorial below.

How to Set up Keyboard Shortcuts for Applications with Keyboard Maestro

What do you think?