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OS X Mavericks: Use global keyboard shortcuts

Use global keyboard shortcuts

Keyboard shortcuts let you quickly perform tasks by pressing keys on your keyboard. For a list of OS X keyboard shortcuts, see:

Apple Support article: OS X keyboard shortcuts

You can disable or change many of the “global” keyboard shortcuts, which are shortcuts that work the same in most apps (for example, taking a picture of the screen by pressing Command-Shift-3).

Changing or disabling a shortcut may be useful if, for example, one of the global shortcuts is used by a specific app for a different purpose. In this case, you can either disable the shortcut that you do not need, or assign it a different key combination.

Note: You can create keyboard shortcuts only for existing menu commands. You cannot define keyboard shortcuts for general purpose tasks such as opening an app or switching between apps.
  1. Choose Apple menu > System Preferences, click Keyboard, then click Shortcuts.
  2. Select the action in the list that you want to change.
  3. Double-click the current shortcut, then press the new key combination you want to use.

    You cannot use each type of key (for example, a letter key) more than once in a key combination.

  4. Quit and restart any apps you’re using for the new keyboard shortcut to take effect.

If you assign a keyboard shortcut that already exists for another command or another app, your new shortcut won’t work. Find the menu command that’s using it and reassign the keyboard shortcut for that item.

To disable a shortcut, deselect the checkbox next to its description in the list.

If you want to return all the shortcuts to their original key combinations, click Restore Defaults.

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