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Is it possible to open files with a single keystroke?


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#1 jackthehat

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Posted 22 April 2016 - 12:41 PM

I would like to set up my Mac so that I can quickly open regularly used files using the function keys. Is this possible?

I know I can customise the keyboard so that it can open applications with a single key but I need it to open individual files, not just the application.

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Posted 23 April 2016 - 03:13 AM

I've never tried this, but if you open System Preferences > Keyboard > Shortcuts tab > Services > Files and Folders > Open > add shortcut.

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Posted 23 April 2016 - 04:11 PM

Thanks for that, I thought you had nailed it but unfortunately it doesn't work. All it does is open a file that is currently highlighted using a custom keystroke. :-( 


Edited by jackthehat, 23 April 2016 - 04:11 PM.


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Posted 23 April 2016 - 09:32 PM

I haven't tried this but I just read you can drag anything to the dock and open it there; maybe a file with one stroke would work. You can open programs there with one stroke, might be worth a try. 


Edited by Twin B, 23 April 2016 - 09:33 PM.

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Posted 24 April 2016 - 05:57 AM

Thanks. I know that would work but I was hoping to do it without cluttering the dock. Oh well, needs must :-)




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