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I would like cmd+F3 to open an application. How do I do that? I tried adding a service, but services can't be bound to this combination for some reason.

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Check out BetterTouchTools... its FREE!

The "Keyboard" tab in this application allows you to set any keyboard keys to "Open Application / File / Script" as well as many other useful things.

BetterTouchTools main purpose is to customize multi-touch devices... which is awesome! However, it works great for keyboard shortcuts as well. You may want to consider using multi-touch along with keyboard shortcuts. I find it to be very useful.

The picture below shows just a few of the things your keyboard shortcuts can do. enter image description here

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Assign not a Service keyboard shortcut, but a custom Application shortcut that works in All applications, and enter your service name as the name of the menu entry.

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Third party applications that support assigning shortcuts to applications:

I use Alfred, and I've used KeyRemap4MacBook to convert single keys to ⌃⌥⇧⌘ and ⌃⌥⌘.

You could also assign shortcuts to shell commands like open -a iTunes. AppleScripts like this are blocked until the application finishes opening, so they seem to take longer if they are run with FastScripts:

tell application "iTunes"
end tell

You could also create Automator services:

There's a bug on 10.7 and 10.8 where the shortcuts for Automator services don't always work until you have hovered over the services menu from the menu bar. There's also a short delay before they are run, and they aren't available in applications that don't have a services menu.

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