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Last Updated: February 25, 2016
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· derrylwc
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Universal keyboard shortcut to open System Preferences

I'm big on keyboard shortcuts, so I wanted to make one for opening the System Preferences on OS X.

Turns out it's really easy.

Just open up System Preferences – possibly the last time you'll ever do this without your new key combo.

Go to the Keyboard pref pane.

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In the pill at top, click Keyboard Shortcuts.

Select Application Shortcuts from the left-hand menu, and then click the ✚ to add a new shortcut.

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You must type in System Preferences…, with the trailing ellipsis character. You can either copy/paste it from here, or use Option + ;.

Enter your shortcut, and you're done!

You'll notice that I used Command + Option + , as it's a nice little twist on the Command + , that most OS X applications use to open their preferences.

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