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Remembering Macro Hot Keys

Hot Key Macros are only useful if you can remember which key does what.

Consider using mnemonic Macros. For example, in your email client, you might define a set of Macros to Insert Text, so use Control-A for your Address, Control-S for your Signature, Control-N for your Name, and so on.

Be consistent in your choice of Hot Keys. For example, use function keys to launch applications, Control-Function Keys to open documents, Control-Letter to Insert Text, and so on.

Keyboard Maestro also interoperates with KeyCue – if you use both applications and hold the control key down KeyCue will display all your active Hot Keys.

Use the Conflict Palette

If you have two or more macros with the same Hot Key, pressing that key will display the conflict palette, listing all the conflicting macros. You can then press further keys to filter the list until one remains (which is immediately executed).

Use the Trigger Macro by Name Action

Another way to reduce having to remember Hot Keys is to use the Trigger Macro by Name action to trigger macros based on their name.

Use Function Keys for Global Hot Keys

It is quite hard to come up with global Hot Keys that will not conflict with those keys used by any application (a conflict is not really a problem, the Macro Hot Key will simply override the application, but this is not always desirable). It is best to use function keys, especially in conjunction with modifiers, as global Hot Keys since they tend not to be used by most applications.

Use the Number Pad

Remember that the number pad is available (and distinct from the numbers on the main keyboard).

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