I installed Karabiner-Elements to use Caps Lock as a Hyper key (
Shift-Control-Option-Command) on my Mac, and figured I’d share my setup here.
With Caps Lock mapped to Hyper key (Caps Lock if used by itself), I can do some stuff more easily, with less keypresses.
I created an Alfred workflow (Powerpack required) to open the following apps:
Hyper-D: Day One
Hyper-F: Finder (new window)
Hotkeys set within their apps
To open Alfred’s Clipboard History Viewer, the hotkey is
Hyper-C. Before, it was
My hotkey to activate Moom is
Hyper-M. Before, it was
I’ve had PopClip installed for years, and a friend/colleague (Clicky Steve) made an Alfred workflow to trigger the menu as needed. I set the hotkey in the Alfred workflow to
Hyper-P. Before, it was
I use Itsycal — “a tiny menu bar calendar” — to glance at the next few days in my selected calendars with
Hyper-I. Before, it was
I use Hidden Bar, an open source Mac app to hide/show menu bar icons with
Hyper-B. Before, it was
Within Vivaldi Settings → Keyboard:
Hyper-←: Close Tabs to the Left (or above, if the tab bar position is to the left)
Hyper-→: Close Tabs to the Right (or above, if the tab bar position is to the left)
Hyper-↑: Move Active Tab Backward
Hyper-↓: Move Active Tab Forward
Hyper-G: Filter Grayscale (helpful for content review)
Hyper-O: Open Saved Session
I probably don’t need the “Move Active Tab” ones, but those can help if I want to temporarily reorder tabs without using the trackpad.
I made three adjustments for Karabiner-Elements to work with the following devices:
- Apple Wireless Keyboard (4th generation)
- LG 27-inch UltraFine 5K Display
My current work setup is a 13-inch M1 MacBook Pro (2020) connected to the LG display and very old Apple Wireless Keyboard.
On the Apple Wireless Keyboard, the
brightness_up keys would adjust the built-in display, not the LG display (desired). The Launchpad key didn’t do anything.
In Karabiner-Elements → Function keys, with the Apple keyboard selected (not internal), I made changes to these physical keys:
I’ve been using the Hyper key for one week, and dig it. The adjustment period felt small. If you use a lot of keyboard shortcuts and want to reduce the number of keypresses, I recommend it.
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