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Good day experts

Is there any way to override/change the Hide shortcut (Cmd+H) and Minimize shortcut (Cmd+M) to another keyboard shortcut (for example, Hide= Cmd+Alt+A and Hide=Cmd+Alt+S)?

The only way I've found is by going to System Preferences -> Keyboard -> Keyboard Shortcuts and for EVERY Application I have to add "Hide <Name of the App>"...but this is really problematic...is there any way to directly override it?

Currently using Mountain Lion

Thanks in advance
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by:Eoin OSullivan
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As far as I am aware the answer is NO .. sorry!!

There are a number of standard keyboard commands which apply in OSX (Cmd+S = Save etc.) and the Hide and Minimise commands are in this group as they are related to Finder functions.

Most software developers reserve these command key combinations so that they work exactly  the same in all applications .. some programs like Photoshop and MS Office allow you to override the keyboard commands from within their Preferences.  For all the rest you have to do it on a per application basis in the Keyboard section of System Preferences.

There are tools to remap the keys  (e.g. to swap the Cmd and Option keys on the keyboard) but nothing to specifically disable a standard OSX keyboard command.
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@eoinosullivan: thanks for the quick response! If it's not possible (sorry...I'm a newbie with mac)...is there any program/alternative/app that enables to "map" a keyboard shortcut for another combination of keys, instead of overriding it? For example, mapping the key combination (Cmd+Alt+S) to keyboard shortcut (Cmd+M) or (Cmd+H) ? I'm sorry for being so troublesome for this little issue :(
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Here are a few options
KeyCue - http://www.ergonis.com/products/keycue/ ($20)
This is a great little utility that shows you all the keyboard commands which are available in each application.  You simply press a custom keyboard command and it pops-up and you can see all the commands which apply in the current app.

Quicksilver - http://qsapp.com/ (FREE)
This is a cross between an application switcher and a keyboard command utility.  It can be used to quickly open files in certain applications or execute keyboard commands.

Butler - http://manytricks.com/butler/ ($20)
Like Quicksilver but slicker and easier to use this can let you run scripts, open files and execute keyboard commands

QuickKeys - http://startly.com/products/quickeys/mac/4/ ($60)
KeyboardMaestro - http://www.keyboardmaestro.com/main/ ($39)
iKey - http://plumamazing.com/mac/ikey/ ($30)
The most common key command tools.  You can create a keyboard command to perform multiple tasks

The 3 apps at the end are the ones which are specifically dedicated to creating custom keyboard commands that execute one or multiple commands.  You should be able to ADD a new keystroke such as Cmd+Alt+A which will then execute the Cmd+H keystroke.  However this WILL NOT disable the Cmd+H keystroke, in effect both will work.  You can TRY and create a keystroke Cmd+H which does nothing and see will it disable the system version but I'd not be sure it will work.  Most of the above applications have a trial or demo version which you can use to test/evaluate
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Exactly what I was looking for. Thanks a lot!! :D
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