A shortcut to the crash dialog
I’m partially sighted and I rely a lot on keyboard shortcuts on my iMac, since I find it hard to locate the mouse cursor. I can switch between apps easily enough using but if an app crashes and displays the ‘suchand-such has quit unexpectedly’ dialog, the sequence won’t let me switch back to that dialog so that I can close it. Is there some other shortcut key that will do this? Aaron Miller-Wright Not by default, no. The alert windows are all created by the UserNotificationCentre process, which is skipped by the task switcher as it’s a kernel process. You can open Terminal and type osascript -e 'tell application "UserNotificationCentre" to activate', but that’s not exactly a shortcut. To assign a shortcut to an AppleScript, I use Quicksilver from blacktree.com. Select Triggers from the Quicksilver menu and click the ‘+’ to create a new one. Now use the AppleScript editor to save a simple script that is the same as the Terminal command above, but omit the osascript -e part, and the single quotes. Drag the .scpt file from Finder into Quicksilver and click Save. Click the Trigger column in the list of triggers and select the Hot Key box. You can now hit whatever hotkey combo you want to use to launch the script from anywhere.