CheatSheet Shows Mac Keyboard Shortcuts At The Press Of A Button

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All your shortcuts at the tap of a button

You know how in many Google web apps you can just press CMD-? to bring up an overlay containing all the keyboard shortcuts available? (you did know that, right?) Well, now you can do the same with any app on your Mac using the sweet and simple CheatSheet, a free app with this one single purpose.

Once installed, you can forget about CheatSheet until you have forgotten the keyboard command you want. Then, just hold down the Command key for a couple seconds and a bezel-type overlay will pop up and list all the currently available shortcuts of the frontmost application. That’s it.

I’m totally installing this when I get back to my Mac (currently I’m in some awful noisy bar with my iPad, but the Scotch is good here). Usually when I forget a shortcut I hit the "help" menu and do a quick search for the menu item I need. Then I curse when I realize that, in this view, the shortcuts don;t show up next to the menu items, and I then need to take note of which menu and submenu the command is under, and then go hunt them down, and then try to remember the shortcut. Rather inefficient, I think you’ll agree.

Better to use CheatSheet, hold the Command key down, then tap out the shortcut right there. Neat.

  • gcluley

    Neat idea.  Unfortunately it looks as though it requires Mac OS X Lion or later.

    Those of us who are resisting the upgrade from “Snow Leopard” can’t benefit from this cool sounding app.

  • pcmedman

    I love using keyboard shortcuts, and ever since I switched to Mac (from PC), I haven’t used them much because I’m not familiar with many of them. This will be a welcomed app. Going to install now. Thanks for the tip!

  • iHospital

    Perfect app for new Mac users or even experienced Mac users that might need a refresher. Sounds worth checking out. Thanks for the heads up. – BA

  • Mopcodes

    Upgrade to Lion and stop crying about it.

  • timothyevans

    So this is the same as KeyCue, only free?

  • Nick Hansen

    i would love to be able to change the settings to hold down option key, instead of command, cause i pretty much never use the option key.

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