From my perspective, Mac users fall into three basic groups. The geeky Mac power user who knows the insides of macOS, loves Terminal.app, collects apps, and usually devotes hours a day to their favorite pastime.
Then, there’s the average Mac user who just plugs the Mac in and uses it, buys apps here and there, but doesn’t live, eat, sleep, or breathe Mac. They’re loyal and smart, but don’t worry much about nitty gritty. And, finally, there’s the rest of us, pseudo-Power User wannabes who do more than the average bear, but just don’t fit into the Mac power user sub-culture. That’s me. As much as I can get my Mac geek on I still have trouble with one of the basics.
Most Mac users can handle the obvious. Command-Q for Quit. Command-C for Copy. Command-P for Print. Command-V for Paste. Even Command-Tab for the app switcher. If you’ve ever wanted to learn more about each Mac app’s keyboard shortcuts then the only app that’ll get you there is KeyCue. How it works is relatively simple. Whatever app you’re in at the moment probably has keyboard shortcuts and KeyCue will cue you in to what they are.
Think of KeyCue as the Mac’s shortcut cheatsheet for keyboard shortcuts.
Press and hold the Command key on the Mac’s keyboard and KeyCue springs into action with a list of the keyboard shortcuts for the open and frontmost app.
That should be enough to move you closer to power user status, but KeyCue isn’t empty just yet. It can reveal hidden keyboard shortcuts. Use it from the Mac’s Menubar. Change the look of the theme. Display system wide shortcuts.
Settings? Baby got settings. And these are not just any settings but the trigger and action settings that turn ordinary Mac users into multi-tasking Mac geeks.
Oh, and one more thing. If you’re not ready for power user status, privileges, and responsibility (not to mention all the keyboard shortcuts you have to remember), KeyCue lets you click on a shortcut to invoke whatever hidden power it has so you don’t even have to remember them.
There’s one additional bonus to using KeyCue. Typinator.
I wrote about Typinator a couple of years ago because it’s a great Mac app that uses built-in shortcuts– snippets of text or code– that helps to make you a faster typer than you really are.
KeyCue can embed Typinator snippets while you type.
Together, both utilities can move your productivity into an entirely different level. Not only can you type faster than you can type, but keyboard shortcuts trim the time it takes to do just about anything on your Mac.
Yes, there’s a bit of a learning curve, but it’s gentle and ongoing so you can start easy and add shortcuts as you adopt them into your workflow. But you’ll still have to remember the shortcuts to invoke KeyCue.