Setting keyboard shortcuts for Path Finder menu commands
Path Finder comes with default set of keyboard shortcuts for various menu commands, like any other OS X application. However, you can change those defaults and also add keyboard shortcuts for menu commands which comes without shortcuts by default. That's done using Path Finder Keyboard Preferences, shown in the following picture:
Select menu command whose key shortcut you want to change or add
and then just press desired key combination. It will appear right
to the command name. From then on, you can use set key combination
with that command. If you want to remove existing key combination,
just press delete/backspace button after a menu
command is selected.
These settings are preserved and valid even after Path Finder is relaunched.
However, there are some key combination you cannot use for these settings. They are default key combinations for common operations in most OS X applications. That's why we decided to keep them reserved.
First of all, you can't use cmd+Q key combination. That's standard shortcut to quit an application. If you try to use it after selecting particular menu command, Path Finder will just quit (as usually). The second one is cmd+M. That one will just minimize the preferences window, like in any other application.
Besides those two, Path Finder keeps a few more key combinations reserved. If you try to set, change or delete any of the following key combinations, you'll just hear beeping and setting won't be accepted:
cmd+W: this one is used to close active window (if there is only one tab in it), or to close active tab (if there are more tabs in the active window).
cmd+alt/opt+W: this one is used to close all windows (if there is only one tab in the active window), or to close all other tabs but not the active one (if there are more tabs in active window).
cmd+shift+W: this one is used to close active window (if there are more tabs in it).
cmd+alt/opt+shift+W: this one is used to close all windows (if there are more tabs in active window).
cmd+S: this one is used to save active document.
cmd+alt/opt+S: this one is used to save all open documents.
cmd+shift+S: this one is use for Save As..., that is to save active document with different name.
cmd+I: this one is used to show Get Info panel(s) for selected item(s).
cmd+alt/opt+I: this one is used to show Inspector* panel for selected item(s).
cmd+Y: this one is used for Quick Look for selected item(s), same as hitting SPACE.
cmd+alt/opt+Y: this one is used for the slideshow of selected item(s).
cmd+M: this one is used to minimize active window.
cmd+alt/opt+M: this one is used to minimize all windows.
Finally, in order for new key combination to be accepted, it has to have the cmd key in it, or it has to be a function key. If you try to set a key combination which doesn't comply with this rule, nothing will happen; you won't hear any beeping but also the setting won't be accepted. Like in Finder, we want to avoid key combinations relying strictly on alt/opt and ctrl keys (without the cmd key involved), as those two keys are used to modify behavior (title and command) of a single menu item. The perfect example is Minimize/Minimize All menu item in the Window menu.