Stupid Simple Mac Tips #31 – Making Your Own Keyboard Shortcuts

Stupid Simple Mac Tips #31 – Making Your Own Keyboard Shortcuts

By Tom Lambotte | May 25, 2020

Did you know that there are theories that keyboard shortcuts could revitalize America’s economy? At the very least, they can vastly streamline your workflow as a lawyer.

Today’s topic for Stupid Simple Mac Tips shows you how to create these valuable keyboard shortcuts.

How to Create Keyboard Shortcuts

The steps to create keyboard shortcutson your Mac are as follows:

  • Navigate to the Apple menu before selecting ‘System Preferences’
  • Go to the ‘Keyboard’ preference panel
  • Select the ‘shortcuts’ tab
  • One the left side menu, choose ‘App Shortcuts’

Now that you’re in the right place:

  • To create a new keyboard shortcut on your Mac, click on the ‘+’ button
  • Decide whether you want the keyboard shortcut to be used in all applications or a specific application –this option will be next to ‘Application’
  • After clicking into ‘Keyboard Shortcut,’ press the precise keystroke, you’ll be using for your custom shortcut
  • Upon completing the above step, select ‘Add’
  • Then, visit any given application with the menu item available
  • To confirm your custom keyboard shortcut is available, pull down the menu

Here’s one example most people will find extremely useful:

Export the item as a PDF
Application: All Applications
Menu Title: Export as PDF…
Keyboard Shortcut: Shift + Command + E

With this information, you might be responsible for giving a tremendous boost to our economy…or you’ll just be able to work a bit faster.

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  • May 25, 2020

About the Author

Tom Lambotte is CEO of GlobalMacIT, the only company in the world that specializes in providing IT support to Mac-based law firms. His methods are based on close to a decade of research, testing and real-world refinement of Best Practices, working directly with Mac-based law firms and firms switching from PC to Mac, across the country and around the world. Tom is the author of Hassle Free Mac IT Support for Law Firms and a highly sought after speaker at national events such as the ABA Techshow and MILOfest, a Mac Lovin’ Lawyers Event. Learn more about Tom and GlobalMac IT at