Shortcut Interference

I learned an important lesson today: many apps have a few internal shortcut preferences that can be set in that app’s preferences (and then perhaps forgotten by you). They can then “cryptically” interfere with other shortcut-related software, in particular:

  1. MacOS Services preferences
  2. MacOS Keyboard shortcuts
  3. Keyboard Maestro macros
  4. TextExpander macros

Takeaway: don’t set shortcuts during app installation if you don’t intend to use them! If you forget one of those shortcuts, it may haunt the functioning of your future macros.

It's a good idea to keep a log of of changes that affect your system globally, although I confess that I don't anymore (in general).

On the other hand I do have good troubleshooting habits and tools when the unexpected occurs.