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Irritating Keyboard Shortcut (4 posts)

  • Started 15 years ago by Tricon
  • Latest reply 15 years ago from Scott McGuire
  • Tricon Member

    I understand that Fetch attempts to be more like Finder, and this makes sense, but I'm a keyboard junkie and I can't stand the operation of CMD-O.

    In Finder, this opens the folder. I realize that CMD-DownArrow does this as well, but this is an extremely cumbersome shortcut for myself.

    I prefer to keep my fingers on the home row keys. I begin to type the name of the folder which will cause it to be highlighted. I then use CMD-O to open the folder. I do this in Path Finder and Finder, and it makes navigation super-fast.

    I would love and adore it if I could remap keys as I saw fit.

    I saw in another post that this may be possible using a resource editor. Could someone please offer insight into this? I like Fetch, but respectfully I must say that it's become a burden to use b/c of this single keyboard shortcut.

    Thanks, all.

    Posted 15 years ago #

  • Jim Matthews Administrator

    Thanks for your note. You are right, we would be more consistent with the Finder if we supported Command-O for opening the selected folder. I believe we decided against that years ago because we weren't sure how to handle the case where multiple folders are selected, but we could disable the command in that case.

    While we think about possibly supporting this in the future, you could use a utility like Keyboard Maestro to remap Command-O to Command-DownArrow.


    Posted 15 years ago #

  • Tricon Member


    Good to hear. Thanks for the tip on Keyboard Maestro. Fetch is great. Thanks to you and all involved for an awesome piece of software.

    Posted 15 years ago #

  • Scott McGuire Administrator


    I wanted to follow up on my colleague's reply. I did some investigating and it turns out you can actually change that keyboard shortcut using just the built-in support for changing keyboard shortcuts of Mac OS X; no third-party program such as Keyboard Maestro is needed. However, it does require some specialized knowledge about how Fetch works, which I will share. :-)

    Here are the steps you need to take:

    * Go to the Apple menu, and choose System Preferences.
    * Click the "Keyboard & Mouse" icon.
    * Click the "Keyboard Shortcuts" tab.
    * Click the plus (button to add a new keyboard shortcut.
    * Click the Application menu, and choose Fetch if it appears in the menu; otherwise, scroll all the way to the bottom and choose "Other", and use the dialog to locate and choose Fetch.
    * In the "Menu Title" field, enter "Emulate Double-Click" (you must type it exactly as that, including capitalization, except don't include the quotes).
    * In the Keyboard Shortcut field, type Command-O.
    * Click the Add button.
    * If Fetch is running, quit and re-open it again.

    And that should do it; now when you select a folder in the Fetch file list and type Command-O, it should open the folder. (If you select a file and type Commnand-O, Fetch will download it. If you select multiple items - including multiple folders - and type Command-O, Fetch will download the folders instead of opening them; but that's how Command-Down-Arrow currently works as well.)

    The File > Open menu item will still say it has the keyboard shortcut Command-O, but the new assignment should take precedence over that.

    If you try this, please let us know how it goes.


    Scott McGuire
    Fetch Softworks

    Posted 15 years ago #


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