Larry Jordan: Create Custom Keyboard Shortcuts For Any Application

by Larry Jordan

Keyboard shortcuts are all about speed. When you know what you’re doing and all you need to do is get it done, there’s nothing like a keyboard shortcut to make it happen. Fast! (especially when video editing).

But… what if the application you’re using doesn’t have the keyboard shortcut you need? Or, worse, doesn’t support creating custom keyboard shortcuts at all?

Well, High Sierra makes creating custom keyboard shortcuts easy for any application, using System Preferences.

NOTE: Here are two other articles on creating custom keyboard shortcuts:


Every week, I need to export the contents of a Keynote file as a series of still images so I can edit them into my weekly webinars. (If you are curious, I export them as TIFFs.)

The problem is that Keynote doesn’t have a keyboard shortcut for Export To. Worse, it doesn’t allow creating custom shortcuts. The good news is that we can now create as many as we need using System Preferences.

In the Finder, go to the Apple logo in the top-left corner and open System Preferences.

Click the Keyboard icon (second row).

Click the Shortcuts text button at the top center.

Click the App Shortcuts button in the list on the left. This displays all the custom application shortcuts you have already created. In this example, I’ve created a custom shortcut to export from Pages. Now, I want to do the same thing for Keynote.

Click the + button at the bottom to create a new shortcut.

From the Application menu, select the application you want to create a shortcut for. In my example, I want to create one for Keynote, so I select it.

NOTE: This menu mirrors the contents of the Application folder; your list won’t match mine.

Now, it gets tricky….

Read the rest over at by clicking here.

About James DeRuvo 801 Articles
Editor in Chief at doddleNEWS. James has been a writer and editor at doddleNEWS for nearly a decade. As a producer/director/writer James won a Telly Award in 2005 for his Short Film "Searching for Inspiration. James is a recovering talk show producer from KABC in Los Angeles, and a weekly guest on the Digital Production Buzz with Larry Jordan.

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