Launch Application with Keyboard Shortcut?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by themacster298, Feb 17, 2012.

  1. themacster298 macrumors member

    Feb 20, 2011
    Hello! I am trying to set an application (In this case, LaunchPad) to ⌘F3.
    I have tried to set it in the keyboard shortcuts menu in setting but, it does not allow it.

    Help is appreciated.
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    It's probably conflicting with an existing shortcut. Go to System Preferences > Keyboard > Keyboard Shortcuts to view, modify, add and delete shortcuts.
  3. Mal macrumors 603


    Jan 6, 2002
    Since LaunchPad is not an existing menu command, I don't think you can set it to launch with a keyboard shortcut natively. Quicksilver can do that, however, and also possibly Alfred or other shortcut managers.

  4. rsrs922 macrumors newbie

    May 31, 2012
    Use BetterTouchTool

    This app can be used for many things besides opening applications. First download BetterTouchTool here and make sure it opens on startup. Then open it. Once you have opened it, click on the menubar icon and click "Preferences". Click "Gestures" on the top and then "Keyboard". Then click "Add new keyboard shortcut" Click under "Keyboard Shortcut" and define your shortcut, and under "Predefined Action" drop down menu, click "Open Application / File / Script..." and a menu will come where you choose the application you want to open. Click on your desired application (launchpad is in the applications folder...) and then close the preferences window. That's it! You're done! By the way, this app can be used with gestures on trackpads and mouses and many other keyboard shortcuts.

    PS: I don't think you can choose "command F3" because it is taken by the "show desktop" command. I changed my launchpad shortcut to "command enter" in system preferences and it works just fine...

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