Pro Tip: Create keyboard shortcuts for apps on Mac


You can create your own keyboard shortcuts for menu commands in any macOS app, including the Finder. This might be useful if a global shortcut, which works the same with most apps, conflicts with a specific app shortcut. In this case, you could create a new key combination.


  1. On your Mac, choose Apple menu > System Preferences, click Keyboard, then click Shortcuts.

  2. Select App Shortcuts on the left, click the Add button, click the Application pop-up menu, then choose a specific app or All Applications.

  3. In the Menu Title field, type the menu command for which you want to create a shortcut, exactly as the command appears in the app, including the > character (type ->), ellipses (type three periods without spaces or press Option-; (semi-colon)), or other punctuation. For example, to set a shortcut for the default ligature command in TextEdit (Format > Font > Ligatures > Use Default), you would type Format->Font->Ligatures->Use Default in the Menu Title field. To set a shortcut for the Export as PDF command (File > Export as PDF…), you would type File->Export as PDF… in the field.

  4. Click in the Keyboard Shortcut field, press the key combination that you want to use as the keyboard shortcut, then click Add. For example, press the Control, Option, and Z keys at the same time. You can use a key only once in a key combination.



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