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I am trying to open the gear menu when the caret is inside e.g. an 'echo' inside a .php file. Ctrl-Esc does nothing.

Can someone think of a way to debug this?

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Do you have any custom keyboard shortcut defined? Any application launcher like QuickSilver or similar? –  slhck Jan 12 '12 at 13:08
    
Did you install some program with global keyboard shortcuts, such as Launchbar, Quicksilver, Alfred, Butler, KeyRemap4Macbook, FastScripts? Are you running the TextMate 2 preview (icon is a flower) instead of the stable release of TextMate? Are you running Remote Management or Screen Sharing on your Mac? –  Daniel Beck Jan 12 '12 at 13:11
    
TextMate is the regular stable version. I am running some programs that have global shortcuts (ShiftIt e.g.), but haven't yet found one that uses that shortcut. How would I find the shortcut in ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.symbolichotkeys.plist? –  exolab Jan 12 '12 at 13:20
    
Run plutil -convert json -o foo.plist ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.symbolichotkeys.plist and open foo.plist in TextMate. Reformat Document from the JavaScript bundle. Search for an occurrence of 53 in one of the entries, that's Escape's key code. –  Daniel Beck Jan 12 '12 at 13:28
    
Hmm... I checked the plist, there is only one occurence of 53, and that is not in conjunction with 262144, but with 1048576, which should be cmd... –  exolab Jan 12 '12 at 13:44

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