KeyCue - find, remember, and learn keyboard shortcuts

Did you know that the average Mac OS X application has 40 to 80 menu shortcuts?

Menu shortcuts are supposed to provide quick access to frequently used menu commands. Honestly though, how many shortcut keys do you know by heart?

KeyCue cheat sheet

KeyCue helps you to use your Mac OS X applications more effectively by displaying a concise table of all currently available menu shortcuts.

You no longer need to memorize and remember key combinations; just press the command key and KeyCue tells you what you want to know.

Over time, you will automatically remember frequently used shortcuts and start working more efficiently.

KeyCue gives you an instant overview of the overall functionality of any application, plus lets you automatically start working more efficiently by making use of menu shortcuts.

Words cannot describe the huge benefits KeyCue offers to you.

We therefore invite you to see a video review of KeyCue from MacApper.

tutorial movie

See a video tutorial of KeyCue at Butterscotch.

in KeyCue 7: Customize KeyCue's look with flexible themes



Adjust KeyCue's look as you wish with fully customizable themes.


KeyCue settings

Starting with version 7, KeyCue offers new themes that make the KeyCue shortcut table easier to overview and navigate.

And if you still want to have some different look, you can customize the existing themes or build your own themes to adjust the appearance of KeyCue as you wish.

KeyCue 7 comes with 8 amazing new themes pre-installed - further themes as well as a detailed description how to customize and build own themes can be downloaded from our Download Extras page.


large-print theme

in KeyCue 7: Search for commands and shortcuts


Explore your programs' functionality the easy way!

Looking for a particular command and/or corresponding shortcut? KeyCue 7 lets you search for commands and shortcuts.

Just move the mouse pointer into the legend at the bottom of the shortcut table and it turns into a search field. Starting with version 7.1, you can enter the search field also with a shortcut. Enter a search term and KeyCue highlights all matching items.

For example, enter the word "ruler" to find all shortcuts that contain the word "ruler".

You can also search for shortcuts. Just enter the letter "L" to find all shortcuts that include the key "L".

in KeyCue 7: User-definable custom shortcut descriptions reveal hidden keyboard shortcuts

Reveal hidden keyboard shortcuts with KeyCue.




More than 800 extra shortcuts for InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, ProTools, Sibelius, and other products avaiable.

Besides regular shortcuts shown in menus, many applications offer further hidden shortcuts that are listed only in help documents or printed manuals.

To reveal these hidden commands, KeyCue supports user-definable custom shortcut descriptions. KeyCue merges the additional shortcut descriptions with the shortcuts found in the menus to show the most comprehensive keyboard shortcuts cheat sheet ever.

You can import and export these custom shortcut descriptions or even plain text files with command names to use them on multiple Macs or share them with other KeyCue users.

Starting with KeyCue 7, custom shortcuts can have arbitrary textual descriptions. Furthermore, even clicks and other gestures with modifier keys can now be included as custom shortcuts.

custom shortcut descriptions for Adobe Indesign

We are also offering extended shortcut descriptions for Adobe InDesign and Adobe Photoshop, as well as for universal text editing and navigation shortcuts. The picture above shows 150 additional shortcuts for Adobe InDesign that were not listed in the KeyCue table until now. You can download the description files from our Download Extras web page and import them into KeyCue with just a double-click.

We will publish more shortcut description files in the future to further increase KeyCue's versatility. If you have compiled shortcut descriptions that you are willing to share with the KeyCue community, please let us know, and we'll be happy to add them to our Download Extras page.

Features, Installation, Requirements


For more information on how to use your keyboard shortcuts more efficiently,visit the Features page

Main Features


To install KeyCue, download it from our downloads page. KeyCue is distributed as a Mac OS X disk image (DMG). Once you have mounted the disk image, simply double-click the KeyCue icon to install and launch KeyCue.

As long as you do not have a license key, KeyCue operates in trial mode.


See also the special topics covered on our Tips Pages:


  • KeyCue requires OS X 10.5.8 or newer.
  • Compatible with OS X Mavericks.
  • Universal Binary - PowerPC and Intel, 32-bit and 64-bit.


The current version of KeyCue is available in English, German, and French.