Can't bind shortcut to "Format as > Task/Note/Project" menu action

I can’t seem to find the correct way to find a shortcut to these actions, any ideas/tips?

Both this
Screen Shot 2022-09-23 at 3.41.42 PM

and this
Screen Shot 2022-09-23 at 3.41.28 PM

as well as a few other variations aren’t working.

Appreciate any input!


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Hi Jacob,

If you want to rebind keys, I personally recommend Keyboard Maestro.

Or, you can do it in Apple System Preferences > Keyboard > Shortcuts:

I hope that helps!

Hi Jim,

Thanks for the reply!

I’ve got some shortcuts working right now for TaskPaper through the Mac System Preferences, the problem is that I can’t figure out the exact string I need to type there to correctly target the TaskPaper menu items “Format As Task”, “Format As Project”, and “Format As Note”.

For whatever reason the normal “Format As->Task” string doesn’t work.

Have you managed to bind a shortcut to those actions?


Yep. I have them working in my screenshot above.

Just use the words (leave out Format As).

It worked! That’s cool, I guess I misunderstood how macOS handles keyboard shortcuts assignment.

Do you know why just using the words like that worked correctly?

Thanks so much

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That is really a question for the macOS engineers.

My guess is that the System Preferences Keyboard Shortcuts do a search through the defined app’s menus/submenus, and the first match is targeted.

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Interesting, you managed to solve my Taskpaper problem and teach me something new about macOS. Thanks!


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You’re welcome Jacob! It is a pleasure to help!

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