KeyCue for Mac

KeyCue for Mac

Download Editors' Rating:
3.5
Very good
Average User Rating:
4.6
out of 18 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    4.5
  • Total Downloads:
    5,560
  • Date Added:
    Aug. 25, 2009
  • Price:
    Free to try (30-use trial); $24.99 to buy

Editors' Review

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Keyboard shortcuts don't just save you time, they're also good for you. Using shortcuts is one of the easiest ways to wean yourself from your mouse and cut down on repetitive strain injuries in your hands and wrists. So any app like KeyCue that can help you learn new shortcuts and remember old ones is worth a look.

KeyCue is a very simple app; you just hold down the command key (or any key combination you choose), and KeyCue instantly displays a clear, clickable menu of all the shortcuts currently available in the application you're using.

KeyCue comes with many variations and preferences (everything from different menu themes to the ability to change the pop-up menu time delay), but the instant shortcut menu is its core functionality. If you also use the macro-program Keyboard Maestro, KeyCue is even more useful, as it will display the shortcuts for all your predefined macros as well. The only major strike against KeyCue is its price, which might be too high for some users given the app's narrow functionality.

 
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User Reviews
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5 stars

"KeyCue has always worked well, now it even looks good."

October 10, 2013  |  By frankdalian

 |  Version: KeyCue 7.0

Pros

It works exactly as it is supposed to, and doesn't get in the way when it's not needed.

Cons

None that I have found.

Summary

I have been using KeyCue since it was born, way back in 2004. I have been pleased with is since then and am just as pleased with KeyCue 7.0.

Software that just works. A nice slogan and true.

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5 stars

"Best Solution for Learning Shortcut Keys"

September 11, 2013  |  By se1961

 |  Version: KeyCue 6.6

Pros

Full featured, flexible

Cons

A little cluttered, a little pricey

Summary

I'm not sure why the CNET review is so tepid. I think this is by far the more flexible shortcut key manager/hint file that I have come across. As a long time windows user struggling with the transition to a completely different keyboard/ecosystem, I find it invaluable, and well worth the somewhat high price. Better than a reference book, and much more likely to teach me how to use the keys.

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5 stars

"Great small utility app!"

June 20, 2012  |  By canadaalberta

 |  Version: KeyCue 6.1

Pros

Quick, complete, and very useful overview of all shortcuts for an app, beautifully visualized in a grid format. Perfect for learning and choosing keyboard shortcuts.

Cons

None. Really works well.

Summary

Using it daily for years and still loving it.

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5 stars

"Another Great Ergonis Product"

April 11, 2012  |  By tostoba

 |  Version: KeyCue 6.1

Pros

Great product.
Easy to use.
Works in the background.
Easy updates, and low pricing.

Cons

None. The program works as expected

Summary

KeyCue 6.1 is the most recent addition to my stable of Ergonis products, and there is no doubt the quality of this latest update is superior. I am thoroughly impressed by the clean interface, smooth execution of commands, and the ease of updating that has long characterized this company's efforts to stay on the cutting edge of constantly evolving technology.

What I like best about the products is their seamless integration with Mac OS X, and the careful attention paid to the need for them to function correctly, and work in the background thus eliminating the need to "activate" them in any complicated manner.

Kudos to the design team. You have outdone yourselves in this version. But, more importantly, the ease with which your company provides updates coupled with the low cost, makes it #1 on my list of preferred software companies. Congratulations!

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5 stars

"This should come with the MacOS"

February 12, 2011  |  By _nashyo_

 |  Version: KeyCue 5.2

Pros

It's essential to understand the keyboard shortcuts, provided by MacOS. This provides you with all you need to know in one press of a button.

Cons

None. None at all.

Summary

Everyone should have this as a log in item. I no longer need to STUDY the plethora of the keyboard shortcuts available in MacOS. If i'm curious about what keyboard action can be used, at any one time, in any particular dialogue box, I can call up a complete list of actions, by holding down a key (that I can pre-assign). No studying needed!

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5 stars

"Keyboard Shortcuts, on call, right at your fingertips."

February 03, 2011  |  By Jim Cole

 |  Version: KeyCue 5.2

Pros

Works with any Mac program, no more 'menu hunting'; no need to memorize. Unobtrusive, well supported, fills a unique niche.

Cons

None that I know of.

Summary

Quite possibly, KeyCue may be an app you never knew you had a need for. Keyboard shortcuts have been with us since the beginning, but no one ever addressed cataloging, organizing and accessing them in such an easy manner as does KeyCue. It makes every keyboard shortcut available to you, in the front-most app, with the press of a button. You may not have initiated a search for a utility that does what KeyCue does, but after using it, you'll probably wonder how you lived without it.

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3 stars

"Occasionally useful"

December 07, 2010  |  By pbrooks1

 |  Version: KeyCue 5.2

Pros

Worth the low cost because it can be extremely helpful.

Cons

Very erratic - sometimes just will not work at all for no apparent reason. It usually manages to fail just when I need it most. It has got better at responding at each new version, but still fails sometimes.

Summary

Apart from sometimes not responding when called up, at other times, if you hold down the Option key a mite too long while executing an action, it pops up and gets in the way momentarily - but that is not really its fault. Nevertheless can be very useful from time to time or when learning a new program. Worth the money.

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5 stars

"A Perfect addition to your Mac"

October 02, 2010  |  By FLASH1296

 |  Version: KeyCue 5.1

Pros

It works perfectly, and using Key Commands is soooo much better than using your mouse.

Cons

no "cons" whatsoever.

Summary

This is especially useful for Mac noobies.
I have recommended this to several people new to Macs.
They have ALL thanked me.

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5 stars

"KeyCue Helps Me a Lot"

December 02, 2009  |  By Karyl

 |  Version: KeyCue 4.5

Summary

This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
I have had KeyCue for many years. It has saved me a lot of time and frustration, especially since I can't remember all of the key combinations for the shortcuts just in the Finder itself. With the third-party add-ons and programs that I use, I still find that KeyCue is a great help, and it is nice that all I have to do is press and hold just one key.

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5 stars

"QuicKeys integration is excellent in v4.5"

August 31, 2009  |  By joel14

 |  Version: KeyCue 4.5

Summary

This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
I have been using KeyCue for three years on Tiger and Leopard with no problems and the latest version allows me to see all my application and QuicKeys shortcuts at the same time, which is brilliant. QuicKeys became an indispensable utility for me back in the Classic OS days and remains so now. KeyCue is the only practical way to quickly see what shortcuts are available in any given context across the application, system and QuicKeys domains simultaneously, in an attractive and easy way - well worth the fee for me.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 4.5
  • KeyCue can display QuicKeys shortcuts (requires QuicKeys 4.0 or newer).
  • KeyCue 4.5 is ready for Mac OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard).
  • KeyCue now correctly displays arrow keys as dashed arrows.
  • Shortcuts with keys on the numeric keypad are now enclosed in brackets to distinguish them from other keys for the same characters.
  • KeyCue allows long lists of Keyboard Maestro macros to extend over multiple columns.
  • Improved handling of special cases for Java applications.
  • More flexible adaptation to applications with special requirements.
  • KeyCue now has a support interface that simplifies registration and various support activities.
  • The version check now includes dynamic updates of special cases for certain applications.
  • Works around a bug in Firefox that caused Firefox to crash.
  • Fixes a problem that caused KeyCue to forget license information when preferences were synced with MobileMe.
  • Works around a problem with Thunderbird that caused KeyCue to skip certain menus.
General
Publisher Ergonis software
Publisher web site http://www.ergonis.com/
Release Date August 25, 2009
Date Added August 25, 2009
Version 4.5
Category
Category Desktop Enhancements
Subcategory Desktop Customization
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Macintosh, Mac OS X 10.5 Intel, Mac OS X 10.5 PPC, Mac OS X 10.4 PPC, Mac OS X 10.6 Intel, Mac OS X 10.4 Intel
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 3.66MB
File Name KeyCue73-Install.dmg
Popularity
Total Downloads 5,560
Downloads Last Week 3
Pricing
License Model Free to try
Limitations 30-use trial
Price $24.99

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