Feature Overview

Shortcuts are supposed to provide quick access to frequently used commands, but how many shortcuts do you know by heart?

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.

With KeyCue you get an instant overview of the overall functionality of any application

KeyCue "teaches you" the most frequently used shortcuts on the fly so that you automatically start working more efficiently by making regular use of shortcuts.

Words cannot fully describe the benefits offered by KeyCue.

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

tutorial movie

... and download a fully functional trial version.

See also a video tutorial of KeyCue at Butterscotch.

Shortcut table

KeyCue showing shortcuts of all applications

You can configure whether you want to see menu titles and submenus.

If you are using a macro utility like Keyboard Maestro, QuicKeys, or iKey, you can configure KeyCue to show the key combinations for triggering their macros as well.


Just press and hold the command key (default), as if you were about to type a shortcutor or activate any other configurable trigger.

Within a configurable time, KeyCue comes to help and displays a table with all available application specific keyboard shortcuts as well as system-wide hotkeys.

in KeyCue 8.2: Integration with PopChar X lets you display and insert special characters


Integration with PopChar X lets you insert special characters with KeyCue.

Typinator action

Starting with version 8.2, KeyCue integrates with PopChar X, our award-winning tool for finding and inserting special characters (requires PopChar X 7.5 or newer).

This allows you to quickly show recently used and favorite characters from PopChar in KeyCue's head-up display and insert them with a click.

Clicking an item in the KeyCue display inserts the character in the current document without the need for knowing the keyboard combination.

Typinator integration

in KeyCue 8.1: Integration with Typinator lets you display and insert snippets


Integration with Typinator lets you insert Typinator snippets with KeyCue.

Typinator action

Starting with version 8.1, KeyCue integrates with Typinator, our popular text expander (requires Typinator 6.9 or newer).

This allows you to quickly show Typinator snippets in a head-up display and insert them with a click.

Clicking an item in the KeyCue display inserts the expansion in the current document as if you had typed the corresponding abbreviation. You can create multiple triggers for different Typinator sets.

Typinator integration

in KeyCue 8: Flexible triggers and actions


With version 8 the days are gone when KeyCue was nothing more than a menu shortcut viewer.

Starting with version 8, KeyCue offers a completely new and flexible way to define a wide variety of triggers, which can be combinations of modifier keystrokes and mouse clicks. These triggers can be used to perform different actions, like bringing up the KeyCue sheet for selected types of shortcuts, opening the KeyCue settings window, or other actions.


KeyCue activation settings

You can define separate keyboard combinations for menu shortcuts, system-wide shortcuts, and macro shortcuts for QuicKeys, Keyboard Maestro, and iKey.

For each trigger, you can independently specify which content you want to see. You can, for example, create one large table with all available menu shortcuts, or separate triggers for individual tables.

in KeyCue 8: Quickly access frequently used URLs


Your favorite URLs are just a mouse click or keystroke away with KeyCue 8!

view frequently used URLs

In KeyCue 8 and newer, you can define your own favorite URL collection together with your preferred triggers, and you are ready to use KeyCue for quickly showing a table of your URLs and invoking them with a single click.

The mechanism has been designed in a flexible way to support further extensions in the future. So the URL collection is just the beginning of other actions that will be included in future versions of KeyCue. Stay tuned for more great enhancements that will boost the way you use your Mac.

Customize KeyCue's look with flexible themes




For Yosemite and El Capitan we recommend the Tenaya theme.


KeyCue settings

KeyCue comes with many amazing 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.

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.

large-print theme

Tenaya themeTo match the appearance of OS X Yosemite and El Capitan, KeyCue comes with a a built-in theme, named after Tenaya Lake and Tenaya Canyon, both located in Yosemite National Park.

KeyCue's "Tenaya" theme adopts the clean new look of Yosemite and El Capitan, making KeyCue a first-class citizen on the new OS X versions.

Search for commands and shortcuts


Explore your programs' functionality the easy way!

Looking for a particular command and/or corresponding shortcut? KeyCue 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. 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".

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.

Custom shortcuts can have arbitrary textual descriptions. Furthermore, even clicks and other gestures with modifier keys can 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.

Omit known shortcuts to keep the table small

Omit known shortcuts

If you have been using Macintosh computers for a while, you will be familiar with many keyboard shortcuts that are used in all applications throughout the system. You don't need KeyCue to remind you of the shortcuts for Cut, Copy, and Paste over and over again.

You can tell KeyCue which shortcuts you already know. This keeps the shortcut table small, which in turn helps to find other (less obvious) shortcuts faster.

Accessible via menu bar icon

menu bar iconOne trigger option of KeyCue is to display a small KeyCue icon in the menu bar. You can then associate multiple kinds of clicks (normal click, right click, pressing the mouse button a bit longer) along with your choice of modifier keys to invoke different actions.

For example, you can use a right-click for pulling down a menu with some typical commands, or you can use a click with the option key to quickly open KeyCue's Settings window.

In addition to activating certain features of KeyCue, the menu icon also serves as a visible indicator that KeyCue is active and ready to display the information you need.

Clickable shortcuts

Increased productivity through KeyCue

KeyCue takes your productivity boost to a new level. It brings shortcuts to life by making them clickable. Just locate the requested menu item and click it to instantly execute it.

You can activate most shortcuts by clicking – even those you cannot type.

This is a major step forward in unveiling the full power of shortcuts and boosting productivity of both novice and experienced users.

Clickable Shortcuts

Show Keyboard Maestro, iKey, and QuicKeys shortcuts

Keyboard Maestro, iKey, and QuicKeys are powerful macro programs that let you define custom action sequences together with your own shortcuts to activate them. As with menu shortcuts, when you have defined a lot of useful shortcuts, remembering all the shortcuts for invoking them becomes a challenge. And the more shortcuts you have defined, the harder it becomes to remember them.

KeyCue works together with the most popular macro utilities.

To use KeyCue integration for macros, you need at least the following versions of these programs:

  • Keyboard Maestro 3.0
  • iKey 2.5
  • QuicKeys 4.0

Shows Keyboard Maestro shortcuts

System-wide hotkeys

Mac OS X comes with a set of useful shortcuts for keyboard navigation, taking screen snapshots, zooming, activation of Spotlight, Exposé, Dashboard, and more. KeyCue helps you to learn and remember these shortcuts by including them in the pop-up table.

system wide hot keys

You can decide whether the system-wide shortcuts should appear together with the other shortcuts in a single large table or in a separate table (as shown to the left) by assigning separate activation keys.

Legend for keyboard symbols

A legend explains the meaning of symbols used in the shortcut table. Like the shortcut table itself, the legend is compact and context-sensitive; it displays only those key symbols that appear in the shortcut table right now.


KeyCue uses the same key symbols that are used throughout Mac OS X, but some of these are obscure and need an explanation - especially for users who are new to the Mac. Switchers will therefore particularly appreciate the new legend.

KeyCue shortcuts

KeyCue section

When the shortcut table is visible on screen, KeyCue adds two shortcuts for controlling KeyCue itself: one for quickly opening the Settings window, and one for entering the search field.

But, of course, you don't need to learn and remember these shortcuts, as KeyCue lists the key combinations in the "KeyCue" section at the end of the table.

View Settings

KeyCue view settings

You can control whether KeyCue should include menu and submenu titles, how to hilite shortcuts that match the currently pressed modifiers, and more.

Open interface

KeyCue can display arbitrary shortcuts found in other applications, but it needs some support by these applications. We have defined a simple interface that allows other applications to tell KeyCue about available keyboard shortcuts.

We invite software developers to use this interface. It is easy to implement and leads to an immediate benefit for both application developers and KeyCue users, as arbitrary applications can use KeyCue to display a "cheat sheet", and KeyCue can display all shortcuts found in an application, not only those that are tied to menu commands.

If you are a software developer and wish to use KeyCue's shortcut interface in one of your applications, please download the interface specification (PDF).

This document contains detailed instructions with sample code. Check it out and you will see that it is fairly easy to connect your application with KeyCue. In a few steps, you can use KeyCue as a quickly accessible help page for your application's shortcuts.

If you have additional questions, please contact our technical support for more information.

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