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In this tip video, Lee introduces us to an open source application he has been used to modify the output of keys on his macOS keyboard for some years: Karabiner Elements.

You learn how Karabiner Elements makes entering a series of modifier keys a lot more practical, and how this will open the door to assigning special keyboard shortcuts. Lee also demonstrates some handy real-world use cases for this technique using Keyboard Maestro and macOS keyboard shortcut.

The full tutorial covers:

  • Download and Install
  • Karabiner Interface
  • Sample Use Cases
  • macOS Keyboard Shortcuts

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Karabiner Elements

Video Tutorial Comments

(5 comments posted)

Jim Leff

It was never quite explained, but It seems this is for people who’ve used up many of the simpler shortcuts using one or two modifier keys (? +, ?? +, etc) and want a non-contorting way to use much more complicated shortcuts easily via a meta-shortcut?

Jim Leff

Trying again, since the commenting software munges up symbols unpredictably (it would be better if it just accepted text as-is).

It was never quite explained, but It seems this is for people who’ve used up many of the simpler shortcuts using one or two modifier keys (Command +, Command/Option +, etc) and want a non-contorting way to use much more complicated shortcuts easily via a meta-shortcut?

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Lee Garrett

Amazing use of the word munges.

Yes, you are spot on. The simplest shortcuts are used up fairly quickly and I love the ability to take all of the modifier keys and use them with one button rather than, as you say, contort your hand to do so. Lots of scope for growth as well.

Jim Leff

Ok, thanks for clarifying. It helps on our end if we understand what a solution is solving (especially in a single tip screencast).

Also, the problem with using Karabiner Elements in this way is that you lose the use of your caps lock for its normal purpose.

Rather than use the built-in rule, choose "Import more rules from the internet" and search for and import "Change caps_lock key (rev 4)", a package of related rules. Enable "Change caps_lock key to command+control+option+shift. (Use shift+caps_lock as caps_lock)", andyou get the same behavior but also can use shift+caps_lock whenever you want normal caps lock behavior.

Jim Leff

One more thing. The Karabiner Elements release version makes the LED light on your caps lock stop working. Download the beta version of the app, which fixes this.

To get the beta, launch the app and go to the "Misc" pane.

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