Global Shortcut to get selected text/image in Application

Discussion in 'Mac Programming' started by fabianpimminger, Dec 28, 2011.

  1. fabianpimminger macrumors newbie

    Dec 28, 2011
    I'm trying to build an app that get's selected text from other applications if a certain shortcut/hotkey is pressed. First I tried the Carbon Hotkey API, but then I couldn't get selected text from other applications. Second I've tried building a service that gets the selected text from other applications and is called with a global shortcut, but I wasn't able to use a custom shortcut. Somehow only CMD+SHIFT is allowed as a modifier in the plist and these kind of shortcut is already used in many applications so it's often not working. CTRL and a key would be a cool shortcut, because not many applications use this kind of shortcut, but I can't specify such a modifier.

    Any Ideas how to solve this problem?
  2. kainjow Moderator emeritus


    Jun 15, 2000
    Probably need to write a background app that uses the Carbon API (or maybe the new 10.6+ NSEvent API) to capture the hot key, then get the selected text for the active app.

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