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Keyboard Shortcut to run System Services [Mac]

Jan 2, 2013 11:07 AM

Tags: #cs5 #mac #mac_os_x #keyboard_shortcuts #system_services

In Indesign (and everything else) under the Application Menu there is a 'Services' sub menu. I want to be able to use the keyboard shortcut for one of them but Indesign does not seem to recognize it and I am unable to assign it.


I should be able to type a formula (ie. 12+3) into a text frame, then select the text and solve it by pressing CMD+*. InDesign does not recognize the shortcut though. If I have the text selected and use the mouse to select the menu it solves the equation.


Is there anyway I can access that without writting a new script to do what already exists?

  • John Hawkinson
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    Jun 25, 2009
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    Jan 2, 2013 11:30 AM   in reply to lithodora

    The Services menu is controlled by the OS, not by InDesign. So bind theshortcut in System Preferences > Keyboard > Keyboard Shortcuts.

    I believe you have to pull down the Services menu with the mouse (so that the shortcut is visible) before it will be active.

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