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.