Set Custom Keyboard Shortcuts in PDFpen or PDFpenPro

Greg Scown Blog, PDFpen, PDFpen Tips

If you frequently use a menu command in PDFpen or PDFpenPro which doesn’t have a keyboard shortcut, wouldn’t it be great if you could assign it one? Here’s how:

  1. Make note of the exact name of the menu command
  2. Choose System Preferences… from the Apple  menu
  3. Choose Keyboard from the View menu (of System Preferences)
  4. Click the Shortcuts tab in the Keyboard preference pane
  5. Click App Shortcuts in the list at the left
  6. Click the + (plus) button below the list at the right
  7. Choose PDFpen or PDFpenPro from the Application: popup
  8. Enter the name from step 1 under Menu Title:
  9. Click in the field for Keyboard Shortcut: then press the shortcut you want to use for this command. For example, hold Shift, ⌘, and Y to use Shift-⌘-Y as your shortcut. (Note that this field shows the Option key as ⌥ and the Shift key as ⇧)

If you prefer video, here’s a screencast demonstrating how to do this:

Pro Tip: There are a few commands which appear more than once in the menus. For example, “Use Default” appears under the Kern, Ligature, and Baseline submenus. If you want to assign a shortcut to the Use Default which appears under Baseline, you use its whole menu path for Menu Title, using -> (no spaces) to separate each menu name: Format->Font->Baseline->Use Default

This technique is not unique to PDFpen and PDFpenPro. You can use this procedure to define app-specific keyboard shortcuts for your other macOS apps as well.

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