I use Apple Pages quite often for making PDFs that I need for printing. I make PDFs often enough that for me, it warrants a keyboard shortcut.
To make a keyboard shortcut, you need to open Preferences and to which menu item you want to add the shortcut.
To add CMD-` (the key to the left of the 1 key) to Apple Pages to quickly access from the menubar, File, then Export to, then PDF…, you need to know the exact spelling of the menu item.
Open Apple Pages
Open a document.
Select File>Export To>PDF… to see what the menu item is labeled.
Remember the PDF… part for later.
Getting Preferential Treatment
From the Apple menu, select and open System Preferences…
Where it happens
Click the Keyboard preferences icon.
Select the Shortcuts tab
Select App Shortcuts
Most applications use the plus and minus to add and delete things.
Click the + to add a new shortcut.
Select the application to which you want to add the shortcut.
Click on the Application Pop-up and select Pages.
Next, type in the Menu Title "PDF…" I tested it and either three periods or the ellipse symbol (OPTION-;) works.
Click the Add button and you now have your shortcut. Woohoo!
Making a list and checking it twice
Pages is now added to the list with your PDF… highlighted.
Switch back to Apple Pages and then check the menu. If you got it set up correctly, the menu now shows the shortcut. Good job!
Finally, with a document open press CMD-` and see the magic happen. Note the Next button is highlighted, Press the Return key and save a click.
Granted, it doesn’t save tons of time, but a little bit can add up over days, weeks and months.
If you catch yourself doing something yo repeat over and over again and it’s buried in a menu or three, then make a shortcut and save a few slivers of time.
Homework: Add CMD-SHIFT-N keyboard shortcut for adding a Page in Pages.
How would you make a shortcut for Prefrences and can you and a shortcut for Keyboard?
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