How to add custom keyboard shortcut to start an App

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by diffuser78, Nov 1, 2008.

  1. diffuser78 macrumors newbie

    Sep 17, 2008
    How to add a custom keyboard shortcut
    For example, I want

    Apple Key + 1 will start Terminal

    Apple Key + 2 will start Safari


    How can this be done in mac os X. I couldn't find this in the "System Preferences" and "Keyboard Shortcuts".

    Thanks for your time,

  2. Bonsai1214 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 15, 2008
    Penfield, NY
    i would download quicksilver and use triggers. its a very nice app and many find it useful.
  3. diffuser78 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 17, 2008
    So using quicksilver can I add custom keyboard shortcuts to start an Application in mac ?

    I am so surprised that mac doesn't have anything very intuitive mechanism for having shortcuts to start an app. May be I don't know.. ?
    I recently bought MBP and have been a Ubuntu Linux user for sometime. So these things were so integral that I miss them in this MBP.
  4. telecomm macrumors 65816


    Nov 30, 2003
    I think Spotlight is underrated as an app launcher, you might want to see how that works for you (a few more key presses required, though).

    Apple + space, then typing "ter" would probably be enough to highlight the Terminal app (as the "Top Hit" is highlighted by default), then just press Enter to launch. For things not in the Dock it's probably the fastest way to get to those things.
  5. diffuser78 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 17, 2008
    Yeah that sounds much better. But I am sure there must be some mechanism of launching apps by pressing certain keys.

    Anybody aware of anything like that ?

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