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.
- Get an instant overview of all shortcuts in any application.
- Simple to use: just press the command key to see the shortcut table
- Themes for customizing the appearance of the shortcut table
- Search for commands and shortcuts
- User-definable custom shortcut descriptions reveal hidden keyboard shortcuts.
- Accessible via menu bar icon.
- Clickable shortcuts let you execute any shortcut instantly by clicking it.
- System-wide hotkeys made visible.
- Legend for keyboard symbols.
- Instant access to the KeyCue settings and the search feature by means of extra keyboard shortcuts.
- Configurable settings for activation.
- Open interface for 3rd party applications.
- Shows Keyboard Maestro, QuicKeys, and iKey shortcuts.
- Several options for adapting the behavior and appearance of KeyCue to your liking.
Words cannot fully describe the benefits offered by KeyCue.
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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.
KeyCue 7.3 welcomes OS X Yosemite with new Tenaya theme.
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.
KeyCue's "Tenaya" theme adopts the clean new look of Yosemite, making KeyCue a first-class citizen on the new OS X version.
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.
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.
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.
KeyCue 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
QuicKeys 4.0 and newer works together with KeyCue and enables KeyCue to show all currently active QuicKeys hot keys.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
You can control whether KeyCue should include menu and submenu titles, how to hilite shortcuts that match the currently pressed modifiers, and more.
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.