My neighbor down the hall was convinced to ditch her Dell notebook in favor of a MacBook Air. So, technically, she’s not my customer, but I’m her support. Her Dell notebook had some kind of application that stored keyboard shortcuts and she wanted the same thing on her Mac.
It doesn’t take much effort to find such utilities for the Mac and I came across the aptly named Shortcuts app which lets you launch apps or open files or folders or websites using keyboard shortcuts.
Shortcuts is simple to setup and use. Select a category, set the action, set the keyboard shortcut. Done.
Mac power users love keyboard shortcuts because hands and fingers never leave the keyboard for mouse or trackpad. About halfway through the 15 day free trial that comes with Shortcuts my neighbor asked me about the shortcuts option in OS X’s System Preferences.
Yes, there’s a keyboard shortcuts function built in to OS X. System Preferences > Keyboard > Shortcuts > Keyboard. Duh.
To be fair, there are differences between OS X’s free and built-in keyboard shortcuts and those you can make with the Shortcuts app. If you don’t need too many shortcuts, the free version is fine (besides, who can remember more than half a dozen shortcuts?), but more muscle comes with a price.