Mac has lots of hidden shortcuts to get things done quickly. However, some shortcuts may vary based on the applications and it is not possible for you remember all. Normally, you can click on each menu item in the top bar to view the keyboard shortcuts. However, there is another way way to view all available menu shortcuts with single key. In this article, we will explain how to find the keyboard shortcuts of any app in Mac using CheatSheet app.
What is CheatSheet?
CheatSheet is a third-party app for Mac that allows you to get all the shortcuts of the active app. You can press and hold the “Command” key to get the list of keyboard shortcuts in a pop-up and release the command key to close the pop-up. This is a super easy way to quickly find all available shortcuts for any Mac app.
CheatSheet app needs the macOS version 10.10 or later to work. Therefore, first update your macOS if you are still using the old version. Go to the official CheatSheet website and download the latest version to your Mac. The app is available in English and German version, therefore choose the language and download the installation package.
Mac will ask you to confirm file download from the website. Click on the “Allow” option to download the file.
Installing CheatSheet App in Mac
After downloading, go to your “Downloads” folder and look for the CheatSheet app. You will see two files – app and the installation zip file. You can safely delete the zip file and move the app to “Applications” folder.
Double click on the app and you will see a warning message like below that shows the app can’t be opened because it was not downloaded from the App Store.
Click on the “Show in Finder” button to open the app location. Alternatively, click on “OK’ button and go to “Finder > Applications” folder to locate the app yourself.
Opening the App
When you are in “Finder > Applications” folder, control + click or right click on the app file. Select “Open” option to access the app.
Mac will ask you to confirm opening the app downloaded from internet, click “Open” to confirm.
Note that the downloaded CheatSheet file is an app and not a disk image or installation package. If you haven’t moved the app to “Applications” folder then Mac will ask you to do so when you open the app. We strongly recommend you move the app to “Applications” folder to avoid wrongly deleting it.
Using CheatSheet App
Now that you have installed and allowed access to the app on your Mac. Open any application like Word or Pages or Safari on your Mac and press “Command” key for some time. You will see a pop-up appears showing a nice list of all available keyboard shortcuts for that app. Below is an example of Word shortcuts shown using CheatSheet app.
Customizing CheatSheet App
The tiny app also has some useful configuration settings. When you long press “Command” key to view the shortcuts, click on the settings gear icon on the lower right corner.
You have the following options to customize:
- Print – use this option to print all the shortcuts for handy use.
- Check for Update – use this option to update the app.
- Support – report a problem to the developer by sending a support email.
- Delay – change the delay of long pressing command ley to view the shortcuts.
- Quit – close the po-up. You don’t need to use this as leaving the command key will close the pop-up automatically.
There are minor things that will really help in our daily life. CheatSheet is one such small app with 4.2MB in size that will help you to get the shortcuts of any app quickly.