Lack of competition.
aha, a "boss-key" - what would you need that for?
try alt-space and then n on windows. Or use a tool external to Illy to manage this, such as AutoHotkey (on windows).
Option click the desktop.
Anyway, I use Command + H for hiding edges and that is far more important to my workflow.
Edit>Edit Keyboard shortcuts
Assign the keyboard shortcut you wish to use for "hide Illustrator".
(you can even use command+h but you will lose that shortcut to hide edges)
Since Illustrator has long used command+h as a shortcut, people would be more annoyed if they lost the shortcut for hiding edges.
Why would they be annoyed if they can "simply change the shortcut?" It wouldn't be near the travesty that changing the new folder command in OS X was.
BBEdit has a nice solution to the same problem: they used cmd-H for something before Mac OS X came along.
They give you a preference with two choices:
* use cmd-H the old way and some weird key combination to Hide BBEdit
* use cmd-H to Hide BBEdit and that weird key combination for the other thing.
Illustrator and Photoshop should do this.
Photoshop gives you Cmd-Ctrl-H as the keyboard shortcut for Hide Photoshop, but when I try to do the same in Illustrator, it says "The key pressed cannot be used as a shortcut."
Consistency across the same suite of apps anyone? .... Anyone...? Adobe ??
On a Mac, with AI active and Option-click on the desktop Hides AI.
That's just inherent OS X behaviour. Every application on a Mac will do that by default. What we want is a keyboard shortcut that makes sense.
Photoshop gives you Cmd-Ctrl-H as the keyboard shortcut for Hide Photoshop...
Wasn’t that Cmd/Ctrl+H? Cmd on a Mac or Ctrl on Windows.
You can make your own keyboard shortcut in Edit > Keyboard Shortcuts > Menu Commands (on a Mac the Control key is not allowed for shortcuts).
It asks you on first usage if you want to use it for Hide Photoshop or Hide Selection. If you choose Hide Selection then I think it automatically assigns Hide Photoshop to Cmd+Ctrl+H. In Photoshop Elephants, this is the default.
Since Apple introduced the Cmd-H systemwide shortcut after many popular applications had established their own use for it, the fallback shortcut is usually Cmd-Ctrl-H. But not Illustrator. For some reason you're not allowed to create any shortcuts that use the Ctrl key.
Just try combinations of keys until you hit on something that doesn’t interfere with other commonly used key commands.
The letter I (for Illie) doesn’t seem to be used much except for showing/hiding hidden characters (Cmd+Option+I)
Add Shift and you’re probably in the clear.
I have altered many of my keyboard shortcuts to suit my own purposes (Cmd+U for Ungroup and so on), keeping 2-key shortcuts for the most commonly used commands and 3-keys for those more seldom used. Some of the default shortcuts for common commands are unnecessarily complicated.
This is an old thread, but this also aggravated me. Given the date of the original posting, you probably know that updating the keyboard commands is the solution, depending on how prolific your use of the Hide Edges shortcut is. I don't personally use that command, so reassigned it via Keyboard Commands > Menu Commands > Hide Illustrator, then deactivated the Hide Edges conflict. Everyone has different methods of working, but this works for me, and it's satisfyingly succinct to just hide-hide-hide the CC apps in quick succession.
All probably old news now, I suspect.