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Aperture 3.x: An Overview of Customizing Keyboard Shortcuts

An Overview of Customizing Keyboard Shortcuts

Aperture provides a wide variety of menu commands and keyboard shortcuts that let you control almost every aspect of your workflow. The Command Editor lets you search or browse the various commands and keyboard shortcuts in Aperture. In addition, the Command Editor lets you customize keyboard shortcuts so you can streamline the way you work.

Use the Command Editor’s search tools to find commands, view their descriptions and keyboard shortcuts, and preview highlighted key combinations in a visual representation of the keyboard. You can modify existing shortcuts, create new shortcuts, and save multiple sets of keyboard shortcuts, called command sets, that can be imported and exported for use by others. If you’re more familiar with keyboard shortcuts from other applications, you can use the Command Editor to substitute keyboard shortcuts for the default set of Aperture keyboard shortcuts.

Figure. Controls in the Command Editor.

The upper half of the Command Editor displays a virtual keyboard. The lower half contains a command list that sorts menu commands by group and offers a brief description of each command, along with its associated keyboard shortcut, if one exists.

The virtual keyboard is color-coded to help you identify the type of command each key performs. The Command Groups column on the left side of the Command List area includes a clickable color key for reference.

Keys that are assigned to shortcuts are marked with a dark gray dot, whereas unassigned keys have no additional markings. Several keys are shaded with diagonal lines, indicating that they are reserved for OS X operating system use.

Figure. Command Editor keyboard showing keys assigned to shortcuts, keys not assigned to shortcuts, and keys reserved for Mac OS X system commands.
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