macOS Help menu keyboard shortcut

macOS has a handy Search field in the Help menu, which lets you search the help content and also other menu actions. This is great when you want to navigate the menus quickly with a keyboard.

macOS Help menu Search

So how do you focus that search box with the keyboard? Well, there’s a default keyboard shortcut for the help menu bound to โ‡งโŒ˜/ (Shift + Command + /):

default macOS keyboard shortcut for the help menu

However, most people will find this doesn’t open the help menu / action search; instead it opens the application’s documentation. That’s because apps already bind โŒ˜? to the documentation, and ? is equivalent to Shift + / on most keyboards.

So the fix is to bind another key combination from System Preferences > Keyboard > Shortcuts > App Shortcuts > All Applications. I use ^F12 (Ctrl + F12).

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