A short­cut to the crash di­a­log

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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.

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