Show keystroke bindings in palette display

I have started to add hotkeys to some of my one-action palettes, something I didn’t think could be done until i noticed it on other people’s palette groups. It would be great to see those displayed in front of the names of the items on the palette display. I can think of reasons this is too specific a case (what if there are more than one hotkeys bound to the palette item? etc.), but maybe someone could think up a way to nail this down.

You mean like this?

Yes, but automatically — did you put those in your Macro names? (although if you did, how did you get them right-justified?).

Here’s a reason it doesn’t make sense, now that I think of it — there can be more than one palettes open.

Nope. Just clicked the option I circled in red.

By the way, you invoke the dialog above, by clicking on the "Palette Style" graphic (shown below):

I don’t even know what I’m looking at here. Seems like I’m missing something big.

I know the feeling!

  1. Select the Group.

  2. On the right, where the Group name and options are, click the thing that says "Always Activated", and select "Shows/hides a palette when:"

Now it should look something like this:

Click on the "Palette Style" graphic.

Aha. Knew about all of that. Never looked at what Trigger might mean. That’s my answer. Thanks.

(I wonder how many days (weeks) of a professional training course it would take to cover all of KM at reasonable detail. Ten days at least, I suspect, maybe twenty if you throw in some standard idioms, techniques, etc. Maybe more. I’ve said it in several other places — this thing is practically on the level of an operating system in terms of power and complexity. How would I spend my time without it? (Need a new tag: praise.)

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I couldn’t agree more.

I had to laugh - last week, someone mentioned a solution for something, and Peter admitted he had forgotten that feature. If the developer can’t remember every feature, I think we can be forgiven for not learning everything!

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It’s not the first time either.  :sunglasses:

Keyboard Maestro has been in continuous development for around 14 years now.



It is like an OS. Who knows every feature, every trick of any OS?
IMO, it is not something you can train for. It is an on-going exploration, learning experience, all on-the-job.

As Chris said earlier, if after an hour or so of beating your head against the wall with no progress, post your question/issue here. Most likely someone will be able to lead you to the solution, or let you know there is no known solution. Don’t worry about being embarrassed. I certainly don’t.

OTOH, to provide some balance, everyone should do their homework, do their own research (including searching here and the KM Wiki), including a certain amount of trial and error, before posting a question. This process will add considerably to your knowledge of Keyboard Maestro, preparing you for future work.

I seem to be on a roll here, so I’ll add one final thought:

Each of us learn differently, but for me what often works is to give it a rest after working on a tough problem that just isn’t making sense. Work on something else for a while, or even sleep on it. I am often surprised how often the solution will appear to me the next day after being so hidden previously.

Good luck to all, and enjoy your exploration of Keyboard Maestro.