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  • X423424X Level 6 Level 6 (14,190 points)
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    Apr 27, 2012 9:39 PM (in response to hotwheels 22)

    Those are predefined, er, services, that allow you to perform the indicated actions.  Applications can create their own services to do thinks specifically handled by their respective application.  And you can create your own services with Automator.

     

    Some reading:

     

    Mac OS X: When Services Are Available

     

    Services

     

    Mac OS X Services

     

    How to build Mac OS X services with Automator and shell scripting

     

    Mac 101: Automator

  • X423424X Level 6 Level 6 (14,190 points)
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    Apr 28, 2012 12:34 PM (in response to hotwheels 22)

    You can assign key combinations to your own services. While it doesn't show it, if you go to finder -> services -> services preferences and click to the right of a service near the scroll bar a little text box will appear allowing you to assign or remove hot key combinations.

     

    The services themselves are usually either in the software that has it's own services or in the ~/Library/Services.  The latter case is where Automator puts the services you create with it.

  • X423424X Level 6 Level 6 (14,190 points)
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    Apr 28, 2012 1:18 PM (in response to hotwheels 22)

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    Click in the area I circled and you will see a text box.  Then you can enter key combinations by pressing those actual keys.  Or you and delete it by editing the iindicated key combination out of the text box.

  • X423424X Level 6 Level 6 (14,190 points)
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    Apr 28, 2012 3:38 PM (in response to hotwheels 22)

    The problem of adding your own command keys is trying to pick a set that isn't already being used or you are willing to reuse one that is in use.  This includes menu hot keys as well.

     

    Using your cmd-I  example, that is the Finder's Get Info command key sequence.

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