Shortcuts where there were none

Have you ever been using your Mac and kept needing to click through multiple menus in order to keep activating a menu item that doesn't have a shortcut? Click, no longer. Today you'll learn how to set up custom shortcuts for anything (and the best part is, it's built in).

Firstly, you need to identify what the exact name of the menu item is. For this example, I'll use "Add Bookmark Folder" in Safari.

Safari's bookmarks menu before the shortcut is added

Next go to System Preferences > Keyboard > Shortcuts and then choose App Shortcuts.

System Preferences > Keyboard > Shortcuts before adding a custom shortcut

Click the + button, choose the name of the application, enter the menu title, and define your shortcut.

System Preferences > Keyboard > Shortcuts after having added a custom shortcut

If it's all happened correctly, you should then see the shortcut you defined next to the menu item.

Safari's bookmarks menu after the shortcut is added

If the shortcut doesn't show up, double check that the title is correct, it must match exactly. This becomes especially important if you want to define or redefine a shortcut like "Add Bookmark…". The menu item uses an ellipsis instead of three full stops. You can type an ellipsis by pressing option-;.

Posted Sunday October 8th, 2017