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 also configure whether you want to see menu titles and submenus.

Just press and hold the command key, as if you were about to type a shortcut.

Within a configurable time, KeyCue comes to help and displays a table with all available keyboard shortcuts, system-wide hotkeys, as well as key combinations for triggering macros in Keyboard Maestro, QuicKeys and iKey.

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




KeyCue welcomes OS X Yosemite with new Tenaya theme.


KeyCue settings

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

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.

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, 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, making KeyCue a first-class citizen on the new OS X version.

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".

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.

in KeyCue 7.5: 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.

Starting with KeyCue 7.5, 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 iconKeyCue shows an icon in the menu bar, which is not only a visible indicator of KeyCue's presence, but also serves as an additional way to invoke KeyCue.

This is particularly convenient when different key combinations are used to pop up separate compact tables for menu commands, system-wide hotkeys, and macros. A click on the new menu icon can bring up a large combined table of all these shortcuts.

And best of all, it is possible to look up shortcuts without remembering another shortcut. You can also access some of KeyCue's menu commands by right-clicking the menu bar icon.

Activation Settings

You can define which modifier keys should display the shortcut table, how long KeyCue should wait before displaying the table, and which actions should cause the table to disappear.

Simply uncheck the check box "Releasing all keys closes the KeyCue window" to enjoy KeyCue's hands-free mode and keep the shortcut table open without having to keep a key pressed.

KeyCue activation settings

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

To collect these groups in one or two larger tables, just define the same keyboard combination(s) for the groups to be combined.

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 iKey shortcuts

KeyCue and iKey

iKey lets you create macros of repetitive user actions and assign them to a hotkey.

The integration of KeyCue with iKey provides an additional boost in productivity, giving iKey users a way to see all their hotkeys in one place.

iKey 2.5 and newer works together with KeyCue and enables KeyCue to show all currently active iKey hot keys.

Show QuicKeys shortcuts

With QuicKeys, you can define shortcuts for specific tasks on your computer. As with menu shortcuts, when you have defined a lot of useful shortcuts, remembering all the shortcuts for invoking them becomes a challenge.

Shows QuicKeys shortcuts

QuicKeys 4.0 and newer works together with KeyCue and enables KeyCue to show all currently active QuicKeys hot keys.

Show Keyboard Maestro shortcuts

Keyboard Maestro is a powerful macro program that lets you define custom action sequences together with your own shortcuts to activate them. The more shortcuts you have defined the harder it becomes to remember them.

Keyboard Maestro 3.0 and newer works together with KeyCue and enables KeyCue to show all currently active Keyboard Maestro hot keys.

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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