macOS

KeyCue 9 Cheat Sheet Review

Ergonis Keycue cheat sheet for macOS

KeyCue, the cheat sheet and launching app by Ergonis Software, has been upgraded to version 9. It now integrates even better with Typinator, Popchar and almost every other app you’re bound to be using on your Mac. KeyCue is fully compatible with macOS Mojave, including support for dark mode.

You activate KeyCue 9 with any combination of keys or by setting a delay after having pressed the Command key. Personally, I prefer the key combination Fn+Command to the shortcuts table because I found that to be the least interfering with other apps and silent system extensions. I also find myself turning on the preference to have a hands-free experiences, which means that, once the KeyCue cheat window is open, I don’t have to keep pressing down on the activation keys to keep it that way. Instead, I close the window by pressing the Escape key.

The new KeyCue has not only become a cheat sheet but also a selector/launcher of sorts. For example, you can show a table of all available emoji characters and insert any emoji with a simple click. That’s not just cheating anymore. It’s a step beyond that.

Another feature that corresponds with that is KeyCue’s folder view which displays the contents of a particular folder and lets you select and open files from there. You can select any folder and the app will show all files inside, including bundles or packages, such as DEVONthink’s databases. One limitation to this approach is that, as soon as there are over 1,000 files to view, you’re warned KeyCue can’t show them all and instead will show you only the first ones it encounters.

You can also add aliases to files, folders and applications to open or launch items that exist in different locations on your computer. For example, if you have a few apps you’re using over and over again, put the aliases in one folder – or arrange them in groups in the KeyCue window by putting them in subfolders inside that folder – and let KeyCue manage the lot.

If you find that KeyCue displays many shortcuts that you already know, you can tell the app not to show these items. It’s as simple as it comes: in the settings, you check a box and set a slider that represents the number of times you’ve already used a shortcut without activating KeyCue. You can set that slider from one to 50 times.

KeyCue offers a flexible way to define a wide variety of triggers, which can be combinations of modifier keystrokes and mouse clicks. These triggers can be used to perform different actions, like bringing up the KeyCue sheet for selected types of shortcuts, opening the KeyCue settings window, or other actions.

In short, KeyCue 9 as become a great file management tool besides still offering you a view of all the shortcuts of nearly all your apps on your Mac. It’s now more than just a cheat sheet. To be honest, I rarely used it in the past because I rarely forget shortcuts once I’ve used them a couple of times. But with the added features, KeyCue is already helping me work more efficiently.