Hold shift while using down arrow

Basically what I'm trying to do is hold shift while pressing the down arrow X amount of times. This is what I have so far, 34%20PM Clips is the name of my variable and that works fine. The only thing that doesnt seem to be working is the shift modifier. Can't seem to figure it out


You can use a simple applescript to do this

tell application "Finder" to activate
repeat 5 times
	tell application "System Events" to key code 125 using {shift down}
end repeat

In my experience these while-holding-down-a-key actions don’t work as expected. At least not reliably.

Try something with an “USB Device Key Trigger” or “USB Device Trigger” as the condition in the trigger, like this, instead:

This is just an example, out of another (gaming) context of mine, just to illustrate how it could be done. But it it might work similarly for you; or not.:


You tell Keyboard Maestro to hold the shift key down, but then you immediately tell it to press the Down Arrow key without the shift key so the first thing it will do is simulate releasing the shift key, then simulate the Down Arrow, then simulate re-pressing the shift key.

If there a reason you cannot just use:

  • Repeat
    • Simulate Keystroke: ⇧Down Arrow

Does that not work in the app you are using?

If not, you can try your macro, but with ⇧Down Arrow.

If that doesn't work, then you are probably out of luck.