Conflicted Shortcuts

By the way, assigning identical shortcut combinations to multiple macros is supported, and deliberately so. Still, as you may wish to avoid conflicts, a yellow triangular gadget referred to as a ‘bang’ (or, if you are in a certain mood, a ‘conflict nacho’) is shown in this case.

Bangs appear at right for all macro entries in the Macro Configuration panel lister with shortcut conflicts.

Of course, when multiple shortcuts are assigned, the first shortcut for a macro – i.e., the one displayed at right in the Macro Configuration panel lister – may not actually be the one that is conflicted; too, there might be several conflicts for a single macro.

In such a case, select the macro in the list to show the corresponding Shortcuts group entries at the bottom of the panel (FIGURE 183). Conflicted ‘Listen’ controls will all show bangs. Clicking a bang automatically jumps to the next conflicted entry, so you can advance quickly through them, resolving conflicts as you go.

(Obviously, you can resolve a conflict by assigning a different keystroke to conflicted macros. Or you can disable macros if you like, using the checkmark switch.)

Hint: Folder level checkmark switches offer a method for managing ‘deliberate’ shortcut conflicts. For example, the shortcuts assigned to entire folders of macros designed for various sessions or purposes can conflict with shortcuts in another folder., but keystrokes for any inactive folders are ignored.


Otherwise, pressing the conflicted shortcut key will perform all macros sharing that keystroke assignment. On the other hand, your ‘conflicts’ may be deliberate; running multiple macros with just one button press or gesture may be just what you had in mind.

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