native method to create custom keyboard shortcut to launch apps

Discussion in 'macOS' started by appletowns, Mar 21, 2008.

  1. appletowns macrumors newbie

    Oct 11, 2007
    I'd like to set custom keyboard shortcuts to launch applications. In windows it is easy to do this by:

    1. Right clicking on an application and select "properties"
    2. Click on the Keyboard shortcut option and assign any "ctl+alt+(custom key)" to launch that app at any time.
    I'd like to do this with OS X. I have used Butler to do this in Tiger, but with Leopard I'm trying to use OS X native solutions as much as possible. I know I can use spotlight and hit cmd+space and then start typing the name of the app, but that's not a real shortcut...

    Is this possible in OS X (Leopard)?
  2. richard.mac macrumors 603


    Feb 2, 2007
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    theres no native way. although you can try using butler again or try quicksilver where you press keys to invoke it then search for an app by typing its name then press enter. all done on the keyboard.
  3. nofunsir macrumors member


    Dec 30, 2009

    Spark (free) from is a nice solution for creating any custom shortcut you could think of for simply launching things, doing things within applications, inserting text or running scripts. Its daemon is lightweight, too, unlike Quicksilver.

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