Instantly See All Keyboard Shortcuts for Mac Apps with CheatSheet
There are so many keyboard shortcuts throughout Mac OS X and it’s myriad of third party apps that it’s easy to forget them or get lost trying to memorize the sea of keystrokes for each app.
This is where CheatSheet will make your life easier, it’s a tiny free application that sits in the background waiting to be summoned from any Mac app to instantly show all keyboard shortcuts for that application.
- Get Cheatsheet from softonic (alternate download)
- Get CheatSheet for free from Media Atelier (requires Mac OS X 10.7 or later)
After you’ve downloaded CheatSheet, place it in /Applications/ folder and the launch the app. Now from any application, hold down the Command key for a few seconds to summon the “Cheat Sheet” list of all keyboard shortcuts for that app. This allows you to quickly see even the most obscure shortcuts that would otherwise be buried deep within a submenu somewhere.
Here’s a quick video showing CheatSheet in use with Google Chrome and TextEdit:
Quick troubleshooting tips: if some apps aren’t responding to the hotkey, either relaunch those apps or try releasing and holding Command again and it should activate.
Also if you’ve forgotten the meaning of Mac keyboard symbols it may be a good time to review those really quickly.
My only complaint about CheatSheet is that since it runs in the background you have to use something like Activity Monitor to easily quit out of it. Having an optional menu item to summon the cheat sheet for the active application, give you some control over basic settings like response time, and having a quick way to quit CheatSheet would be a nice touch, but this is a free app that is very useful as is so we really can’t complain too much, and this may change over time as the app evolves.
Whether you’re a longtime Mac user or completely new to the platform, you are practically guaranteed to find CheatSheet useful. Get it now and thank me later, and master those keyboard shortcuts!