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:
- Make note of the exact name of the menu command
- Choose System Preferences… from the Apple menu
- Choose Keyboard from the View menu (of System Preferences)
- Click the Shortcuts tab in the Keyboard preference pane
- Click App Shortcuts in the list at the left
- Click the + (plus) button below the list at the right
- Choose PDFpen or PDFpenPro from the Application: popup
- Enter the name from step 1 under Menu Title:
- 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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