FreQuently asked questions

What is Button Shortcuts?

Button Shortcuts is a desktop application that helps you learn to use your computer programs more efficiently by teaching you keyboard shortcuts.

How do I use Button Shortcuts?

  1. Double-tap ⌘ at any time to open and close. Button automatically shows your current program's shortcuts.

  2. Begin typing right away to search for what you need.

  3. Mark your favorites. They’ll rise to the top of the list.

  4. Check off the shortcuts you know. They’ll fade out and move to the bottom.

  5. Drag Button at the edges to resize. The view changes at a certain width threshold.

  6. Drag from the header to position Button anywhere on your screen.

What programs does Button support?

You can see the full list of supported programs here.


Why doesn’t Button support a program I use?

We’re happy to add support for any program’s shortcuts. Just let us know which one and we’ll add support for it as soon as we can.


I noticed an incorrect shortcut / you don’t have one that I know exists. What can I do?

You’ve got a keen eye. Just send us a quick message and we’ll make the change as soon as possible.

What’s the best way to contact you?

Email us at, message us on Twitter @buttonshortcuts or submit the feedback form on the website.

Button is opening when I don’t want it to. What’s going on and how do I prevent this?

It’s likely you’re hitting ⌘ two times in a row within Button’s detection threshold which makes Button think you want to open it. We've added a setting where you can change the speed at which Button recognizes the double-tap. Simply go into the Settings page in the app and select between three speed options: Quick, Normal and Relaxed.

Can I create my own shortcuts in Button for actions that don’t currently have shortcuts?

Nope, not yet. But if you’d really like us to add this feature, let us know hereIn the meantime, you can go to System Preferences > Keyboard > Shortcuts to create your own shortcuts for certain actions.

Button won’t open on my computer. What’s wrong?

First, make sure you're running Mac OS X El Capitan or newer. Then make sure you have the newest version of Button installed. You can check this by going to the Mac App Store and seeing the version number under “What’s New?”. If Button still doesn’t open, try restarting your Mac. If that doesn’t work, contact us directly and we’ll look further into the problem.


How do I uninstall Button?

First, quit Button via ⌘Q when Button is open and selected. Then, find Button in your Applications folder and press ⌘Delete when it’s selected.

Last updated: July 26, 2019.