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Two Key Hot Keys

People often ask me how to do Two Key hot keys. Some people like these as it allows you to remember an easy initial keystroke (like control-s for example), followed by a mnemonic (eg k to activate Keyboard Maestro, s to activate Safari, m to activate Mail).

Keyboard Maestro allows Two Key hot keys, but only with a common first key.

To set it up, create a new macro group and configure it to be activated for one action when the first hot key (eg control-s) is pressed.

Then create your macros within that new macro group, and give them a the second hot key trigger and whatever actions you desire. Since these macros are active only immediately after the first hot key is pressed, the second hot keys can be almost anything without fear of conflicting.

Alternatively, you can set the macro group to show a palette for one action when the first hot key is pressed, and Keyboard Maestro will display a palette of macros contained in that macro group - the macros don't need to have a trigger at all.

For more information about macro groups, click on of the ? help buttons to read the Quick Start help or help specifically about when macro groups are available or how they are activated.

Posted Wednesday, March 31, 2010. Permalink. Post a Comment.

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