When assigning custom keyboard shortcuts (in Catalina 10.15.4), is it possible to avoid conflicts so that existing (system) shortcuts aren't accidentally overwritten?

I was thinking something along the lines of how Visual Studio allows lookups of existing shortcut assignments by inputing arbitrary key combinations.


There's an app called CheatSheet that can display the frontmost app's entire shortcut suite.

As far as I'm aware there's no way to display every single shortcut, for every single app, system-wide.

There are also a colossal number of built-in shortcuts, listed at Apple KB - Mac keyboard shortcuts which I expect no-one will ever remember all of ;)

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  • After seeing a few "quick lists" for shortcuts I started to suspect there were many, and is why I was hoping for a Visual Studio style lookup. Thanks for links, will check out. – samis Apr 27 at 16:42
  • Do you know if it's possible to read the shortcut file/table from a shell script or an API (this is my first Mac so I know virtually nothing about them, other than that they're really nice and super cool)? – samis Apr 27 at 16:51
  • I have absolutely no idea, sorry. I'm a user not a coder. Chat up the guys from CheatSheet, or poke StackOverflow where the actual coders hang out. – Tetsujin Apr 27 at 16:57

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