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Chapter 8. Altering Keyboard Shortcuts > Keyboard Shortcut Equivalents

8.5. Keyboard Shortcut Equivalents

In the world outside of the Keyboard Shortcuts preferences pane, each keyboard shortcut key/value pair consists of a menu name associated with a short string that defines the key or keys used to activate that shortcut. The string is built by associating optional modifiers with a single character. These modifiers indicate the keys that are pressed in combination with that character, and include the usual suspects: Shift, Option, Control, and Command.

A shortcut can contain zero, one, or up to four modifiers. The list of modifiers and their associated symbols are shown in Table 8-1. For example, $C corresponds to Shift-C, @^C corresponds to Control--C, and @$~^C corresponds to Shift-Option--C, which is certainly a finger twister. You can even define a shortcut to the C key without any modifiers, although it would make it difficult to type the word "Connecticut" in an application, since any time you tried to type the letter C the shortcut would activate.


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