How to change the Mail.app Archive keyboard shortcut


If you use Mail on OS X and you like to archive messages, you might be a little frustrated by the default shortcut, ⌃⌘A. It requires an awkward contortion of your fingers which would really only be comfortable if your ring finger is a couple of inches shorter than the others.

Luckily, there’s a very easy way to change the shortcut. Just go to System Preferences > Keyboard > Shortcuts, click App Shortcuts and add a new shortcut using the + button.

Select Mail from the list of applications, type Archive in the Menu Title box, and choose a new shortcut.

Mine uses the Hyper key (⌃⌥⇧⌘), but if you don’t use that you could just set it to ⌃A or similar.