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Keyboard shortcuts on Mac OS X

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Christoph Reichenberger

Founder ergonis

Did you know that the average Mac OS X application has 40 to 80 keyboard shortcuts, a.k.a. menu shortcuts? Keyboard shortcuts are supposed to provide quick access to frequently used menu commands. But honestly: how many shortcuts do you know by heart?

KeyCue helps you to use your Mac OS X applications more effectively by displaying a concise table of all currently available menu shortcuts.

You no longer need to memorize and remember key combinations; just press the command key ("Apple key") and KeyCue tells you what you want to know.

Over time, you will automatically remember frequently used keyboard shortcuts and start working more efficiently. kc_themesani.gif KeyCue shows all available keyboard shortcuts and thus gives you an instant overview of the overall functionality of any application. It lets you automatically start working more efficiently.

KeyCue is extremely useful. I've also found it to be a great 'cheat sheet' that actually helps me learn the shortcuts.

MacWorld, 08-200

Read more about keyboard shortcuts at Wikipedia.

KeyCue has received a lot of great feedback:

One of the biggest things that I found different about switching from PC to Mac is the usefulness of keyboard shortcuts. The only problem I have found with using them is finding the ones that I want to use. All of this got much quicker and easier when I found out about KeyCue.

This week's Pick of the Week is chosen primarily for it's unique premise - KeyCue is a way to see every existing keyboard shortcut for the currently active application. Using KeyCue couldn't be any easier - double-click it to launch it, then just press and hold Command. After a couple seconds (the delay is configurable), the KeyCue menu pops to the foreground, showing all the active app's keyboard shortcuts.

Get more information about KeyCue here.

Using shortcuts made easy with KeyCue

There are many essential and useful shortcuts out there, you just have to use them. KeyCue is here to help.