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14 October 2023
With the recent release of macOS 14.0 Sonoma, I’ve tested Accelerator Keys on it and confirmed that it continues to work on the latest OS.
My tests also confirm that Accelerator Keys remains backward comptaible with Big Sur, Monterey and Ventura.
23 January 2023
The previous release broke support for shortcuts that involved opening a sub-window in Mac Powerpoint and Excel. That has now been fixed.
22 January 2023
For a while now, one of the bugbears of Accelerator Keys was that if you typed in Accelerator Key sequences too fast, keystrokes would accidentally enter Excel/Powerpoint instead of triggering the appropriate ribbon shortcuts.
The only workaround was to slow down our keystrokes but let’s face it - which user of Accelerator Keys wants to use it slowly?
With that, I’m glad to announce that you can now bash your keyboard with impunity with this latest version of Accelerator Keys.
No keystrokes will get through to Excel and Powerpoint once you’ve pressed Alt. Enjoy!
9 November 2022
All Powerpoint alt-key shortcuts are now fully supported. This week, I had an idea that managed to greatly speed up the process of adding shortcuts to Accelerator Keys, and I’m glad to bring this update to the Powerpoint warriors among us.
Next up on my list is figuring out how to make Accelerator Keys faster.
4 November 2022
I’ve made a strong push to add the remaining 150-200 or so shortcuts that were missing in Excel, and now I’m glad to report that all Excel shortcuts are now enabled in Accelerator Keys.
There might be a few niggling issues with British/US spelling, or different capitalisations/punctuations across various versions of Excel, so please let me know if you run into that.
This is a personal milestone for me. I came across this review of Accelerator Keys a few months back.
It pointed out that the app felt half-finished, and it bugged me because it was true. At that time, we didn’t support full screen mode, and only the 150 most common Excel shortcuts were enabled.
With this release, both issues have been solved. I hope this contributes to a faster and more pleasant experience in your daily work with Mac Excel.
Next on my list is building out more complete PowerPoint support.
26 October 2022
macOS Ventura support has been added.
I’ve written to all users who were affected by issues when they upgraded to Ventura. Please update Accelerator Keys to the latest 2.0.4 version.
Thanks to those who wrote in to alert me to the problems early. Much appreciated!
26 June 2022
Summary: Accelerator Keys now works when Excel is in full screen mode, and when there is an active Zoom or MS Teams call ongoing.
I wrote previously about hiring a developer to work on longstanding usability issues in Accelerator Keys. These weren’t severe, but they weren’t great for user experience.
I’m glad to announce that these efforts are bearing fruit. Accelerator Keys now works when Excel is in full screen mode, and when there is an active Zoom or MS Teams call ongoing.
These two issues shared a common root cause, which is that Accelerator Keys relies on placing an overlay on top of the active Excel window. There were implementation complexities to work through when Excel is in full screen mode, because that means Excel is the topmost window already, and when a Zoom call is ongoing, because Zoom becomes the topmost window to facilitate its screen sharing and active call floating toolbars and windows that you’ll all be familiar with.
We’ve also put in place additional crash logging to track down the sporadic crashes of the app. I emphasise again that these have only affected 1% of sessions so far, and hopefully the fixes above also cleared up some edge cases in the app, but we’ll keep on working to make sure Accelerator Keys becomes a seamless and invisible part of your daily work.
Next on my list is catching up on the long list of requested shortcuts that has built up while we’ve been working on the issues above. In particular, the next release will have significantly expanded coverage in PowerPoint.
Thank you all, as always, for the support.
11 April 2022
Summary: Accelerator Keys is growing well enough that I’m bringing on an external developer to work on long-standing usability upgrades.
Apologies for the long period between releases. My family just welcomed our second child 🎉 Thank you to those who sent in your well wishes.
I wanted to provide an update on two issues that several of you have flagged.
- Accelerator Keys stops working sometimes and requires a restart of Excel and/or Accelerator Keys for functionality to resume.
- The Accelerator Keys overlay does not appear when there is an active Zoom/Teams/Webex call.
What I am doing
I’ve just hired an experienced macOS developer to look into these issues full-time. My goal is for these issues to be resolved by end May.
If you’re a prospective user of the app, please be aware of these issues. They aren’t show-stoppers for most — issue #1 affects less than 1% of all sessions of Accelerator Keys, while #2 is annoying but most of our time is still spent outside of video calls. Our user base is still growing 20-30% a month, with very low churn. The 14 day free trial should give you ample time to put the app through its paces before purchase.
For my current users, I’m grateful for your patience. I’m sorry I haven’t been able to fix these yet - but I’m committed to investing the developer resources to give solving these a real shot. Accelerator Keys is a pretty unique application, and the developer will take some time to get familiar with the code base.
Thanks again everyone, keep the feature requests coming, and I will post updates here as and when they come in.
13 January 2022
Summary: Accelerator Keys now supports Powerpoint.
By popular demand, you can now use Accelerator Keys to use alt key shortcuts on Mac Powerpoint. I’ve only added my most commonly used shortcuts on the Home Tab for now. But as always, if you’re a paying user, please feel free to write in with shortcuts you commonly use, and I’ll add them where possible to the next update.
In addition, I also fixed a bug that was causing Accelerator Keys to crash intermittently, and added additional shortcuts in the Page Layout and Data tabs of Excel.
Happy new year everyone!
24 November 2021
Summary: Fixed the onboarding flow to allow non-English users to use Accelerator Keys as long as Excel’s language is in English.
The previous update prevented Accelerator Keys from being launched if the system language wasn’t in English. A few users mentioned that you set Excel to English while leaving the system language in another language. This update now allows Accelerator Keys to start as long as accessibility permissions have been granted.
22 November 2021
Summary: Significant usability improvements, including a setup wizard, starting Accelerator Keys at login, and auto-resizing Excel so that all buttons are selectable via alt keys.
- Created a setup wizard to check that accessibility permissions are enabled, and Excel is in English.
- Accelerator Keys now auto-resizes Excel to at least the width needed for all ribbon buttons to be visible. This prevents crashes from missing buttons.
- Accelerator Keys also now starts on login as the app needs to be opened before Excel to work.
- Added missing/broken shortcuts: Paste Values (Alt H V V), New Window (Alt W N), Arrange All (Alt W A), View Gridlines (Alt P V G), View Headings (Alt P V H), Print Gridlines (Alt P P G), Print Headings (Alt P P H).
6 November 2021
Summary: Updated Accelerator Keys to work with macOS Monterey and added a few requested features.
- Added shortcuts for Freeze and Unfreeze panes
- You can now use the option/alt key on the right hand side of the keyboard to activate Accelerator Keys as well.
- Fixed Merge and Centre shortcuts (there were errors due to British/American spelling)
- Created a new help site @ https://acceleratorkeys.com/help
11 September 2021
Summary: Added missing shortcuts requested from paying users.
Added shortcuts for:
- Remove Duplicates: Alt + A + M.
- Group: Alt + A + G + G.
- Auto outline: Alt + A + G + A.
- Ungroup: Alt + A + U + U.
- Clear outline: Alt + A + U + C.
- Subtotal: Alt + A + B.
- Fixed missing Data Tab shortcuts.
19 July 2021
Summary: Accelerator Keys now allows you control buttons on the Quick Access Toolbar in Mac Excel using alt key shortcuts. Ribbon shortcuts for Mac Excel also now work on multi-monitor setups.
- Users can configure up to 10 buttons on the Quick Access Toolbar.
- Accelerator Keys will display ribbon/alt key shortcuts on the active Excel window, regardless of which monitor or screen it is on.
- Other bug fixes: Internationalised selectors for several ribbon buttons.
9 May 2021
Summary: Fixed bugs that were causing Accelerator Keys to crash on certain key sequences in Excel 2019 and 2016.
- Excel 2019 and 2016 have a different ribbon layout on the Insert Tab compared to Excel 365. Accelerator Keys can now detect the relevant layout and adapt accordingly, instead of crashing on the Insert Tab previously.
- Made Pivot Tables, Recommended Pivot Tables, Recommended Charts available on Excel 2019 and 2016.
- Enabled crash logging to help with debugging.
27 March 2021
Summary: Updates Accelerator Keys to match recent changes to Mac Excel and adds new ribbon shortcuts requested by users.
Microsoft introduced a new section in the View Tab. Buttons that used to be visible (e.g. show gridlines) are now not unless Excel is stretched to fill the screen. Please make your Mac Excel window as wide as possible to use all available alt-shortcuts—Accelerator Keys can only target visible buttons.
- Insert Tab - Updated alt key shortcuts for Charts, Sparklines, Equations and Symbols.
- Page Layout Tab - Added alt key shortcut for Show Gridlines.
- View Tab - Added alt key shortcuts for Clear, Reapply and Advanced Filters. Fixed shortcuts for Zoom, Window sections.