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senseless
Dec 4, 2012, 12:54 PM
I use Account Edge for Mac for our financial records. The account selection process could be speeded up by using keyboard shortcuts.

Instead of pulling down a menu and searching for accounts, I would like to assign function keys to enter the account numbers and then tab to the next field. I used to use Quick Keys, but this does not work with newer Mac Os's like Lion. Is there something else?



GGJstudios
Dec 4, 2012, 12:56 PM
I use Account Edge for Mac for our financial records. The account selection process could be speeded up by using keyboard shortcuts.

Instead of pulling down a menu and searching for accounts, I would like to assign function keys to enter the account numbers and then tab to the next field. I used to use Quick Keys, but this does not work with newer Mac Os's like Lion. Is there something else?
You can create application-specific shortcuts by going to System Preferences > Keyboard > Keyboard Shortcuts
When you click the "+" to add a shortcut, simply select the Application it applies to from the dropdown menu at the top.

senseless
Dec 4, 2012, 02:59 PM
You can create application-specific shortcuts by going to System Preferences > Keyboard > Keyboard Shortcuts
When you click the "+" to add a shortcut, simply select the Application it applies to from the dropdown menu at the top.

I tried that, and assigned a few function keys, but it does not work. I want it to type out "1-1500" in a field, for example, but nothing happens in the application. Thanks.

Krazy Bill
Dec 4, 2012, 03:07 PM
You can't add new menu commands - only change key codes for those that are already there.

GGJstudios
Dec 4, 2012, 03:17 PM
I tried that, and assigned a few function keys, but it does not work. I want it to type out "1-1500" in a field, for example, but nothing happens in the application. Thanks.
It sounds like you need to use a text expander, such as:
Maybe the following text expanding / text macro applications* can help (?):


Mac OS X Feature: System-Wide Text Substitution (http://macs.about.com/od/usingyourmac/qt/text-substitution.htm) (available since Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard)
TextExpander (http://smilesoftware.com/TextExpander/) (34.95 USD - synchs between Macs via Dropbox (http://db.tt/MhsYpuy))
TypeIt4Me (http://www.ettoresoftware.com/products/typeit4me/) (13.99 USD and upwards)
Typinator (http://www.ergonis.com/products/typinator/) (24.99 )
Kissphrase (http://www.chimoosoft.com/products/kissphrase/) (free)
QuicKeys (http://startly.com/products/quickeys/mac/4/) (59.95 USD)
aText (http://www.trankynam.com/atext/) (5 USD)
xType (http://www.adnx.com/i/apps/xtype4mac) (free)
yType (http://plumamazing.com/mac/ytype) (2.99 USD)

*

senseless
Dec 4, 2012, 04:19 PM
It sounds like you need to use a text expander, such as:

Great resources; I will investigate tonight. Quick Keys no longer works in Lion/Mountain Lion.
I need something that will allow me to create a numeric string and assign it to a function key.

Thanks again!