“CheatSheet”, an app that displays shortcut keys on Mac

Updated : Nov 29, 2021

I will explain in detail the features of the Mac shortcut key display application “CheatSheet”, the installation / uninstallation / automatic execution procedure, settings and usage with illustrations.

In particular, please note that the icon is not displayed on the menu bar for the exit method.


What kind of app is “CheatSheet”?

Correspondence situation

The app can be used in the following environments.

  • Correspondence situation
    • macOS (OS X)) 10.10 Yosemite or later
    • Intel Mac, Arm Mac (M1 Mac etc.)

When you use this app, the shortcut key of the app currently displayed in the foreground is displayed.

To display the shortcut, simply press and hold command ⌘ on your keyboard for a few seconds. (This time can be changed in the settings.)

Mac US Keyboard

Also, the shortcut keys displayed will change each time the app is switched.

The figure below shows that the displayed shortcut keys are different for each of Finder, Google Chrome, and Microsoft Excel as an example.



【Google Chrome】

Macアプリ「CheatSheet」-Google Chromeのときの表示

【Microsoft Excel】

Macアプリ「CheatSheet」-Microsoft Excelのときの表示


How to install “CheatSheet”

▶ Click the link below to open the official website of “CheatSheet”.


▶ When the site opens, click the “Download” button pointed to by the arrow in the figure below.

App "CheatSheet" Official site

▶ When the screen to download the ZIP format file is displayed as shown below, specify an appropriate save location such as the folder “Downloads”, and then click the “Save” button.

Mac File Save Screen

▶ After downloading the ZIP file, double-click it to extract (decompress) it.

Mac CheatSheet

▶ When the ZIP format file is extracted and the “CheatSheet” app icon is displayed as shown in the figure below, double-click it.

Mac CheatSheet

▶ When the screen as shown below confirms whether you want to open the file appears, click “Open”.

Mac App Open Security

▶ When the confirmation screen appears asking if you want to move the app to the folder “Applications”, click “Move to Applications Folder”, which is pointed to by the arrow.


▶ As shown in the figure below, when the message “Input Monitoring” is displayed, click “Open” System Preferences “” pointed to by the arrow.


▶ When “Security & Privacy” is displayed as shown in the figure below, click the lock icon at the bottom left to unlock it.

When unlocking, the screen for entering Touch ID or password will appear, please approve by each method.

Mac "System Preferences"

Below is the approval screen for Touch ID.

Mac "System Preferences"

▶ Once unlocked, check the checkbox to the left of the “CheatSheet” pointed to by the arrow below.

Mac "System Preferences"

▶ When the screen that requires the app to be restarted is displayed, click “Exit and reopen”.

Mac "System Preferences"

▶ Make sure that the check mark on the left side of “CheatSheet” is checked, and then click “Accessibility” in the left column.

Mac "System Preferences"

▶ Check “CheatSheet” in the right column and click the lock icon at the bottom left to lock it again.

Once locked, close “System Preferences”.

Mac "System Preferences"

This is the end of the explanation, “How to install CheatSheet”.


How to use “CheatSheet”

① Display shortcuts

With CheatSheet running, perform the following operations to display a list of shortcut keys.

▶ Press and hold the command ⌘ key on your keyboard to display the currently foreground app shortcut on the screen.

Mac US Keyboartd

▶ The following video shows the shortcuts for Google Chrome and Finder.

② Print

You can save and print the list of shortcut keys as a PDF file by following the steps below.

▶ With the shortcut displayed, select “Print” from the gear icon at the bottom right.


▶ The following is how it was saved as a PDF.

Of course, you can also print.


③ Delay time setting

You can adjust the delay time before the shortcut is displayed.

▶ With the shortcut displayed, adjust the time with the slide bar of the “Delay” item from the gear icon at the bottom right.


Automatic execution of “Cheat Sheet” when Mac starts

Most of these apps have a setting to run automatically when the Mac starts, but this app doesn’t have it.

However, it can be set by the following method.

▶ Select “Apple Mark” -> “System Preferences…” from the menu bar.

Mac "System Preferences"

▶ When “System Preferences” opens, click “Users and Groups”.

Mac "System Preferences"

▶ When “Users and Groups” is displayed, click the tab “Login Items” at the top.

Mac "System Preferences"

▶ Register “CheatSheet” in the “The following items will open automatically when you log in” on the screen.

The registration method is one of the following.

  • ① Drag and drop the app “CheatSheet” in Finder
  • ② Click the button + below the list of apps that open automatically and specify “CheatSheet”
Mac CheatSheet

▶ After completing the registration, this screen can be closed.

Mac CheatSheet

How to quit “CheatSheet”

CheatSheet doesn’t display an icon in the menu bar that is common in these utility apps, so many people may be confused because they don’t know how to quit it.

However, you can finish it by following the steps below.

▶ With the shortcut displayed, select “Quit” from the gear icon at the bottom right.


How to uninstall “CheatSheet”

Here are two methods.

If you want to uninstall it easily, ① is OK.

If you want to completely delete the settings file including traces, please use ②.

In addition, since neither method can be uninstalled if “CheatSheet” is running, please terminate it while referring to “How to quit CheatSheet“.

① Put “CheatSheet” in the trash from Finder

▶ Bring the Finder to the front, right-click on “Cheat Sheet” and select “Move to Trash” from the menu that appears.

Mac Move to Trash

② Use the deletion app “AppCleaner”

This method is described in detail in another article, so here I will briefly explain the points.

▶ Download and install “AppCleaner” from the link below.


▶ Launch the installed app, “AppCleaner”.


▶ After launching “AppCleaner”, drag and drop “CheatSheet” into the screen.

Mac AppCleaner

▶ The following is the drag and drop of “CheatSheet”.

Folders and files with a check mark on the left will be deleted.

If there is a part that is not checked immediately after dragging and dropping, check all parts.

After checking, click the “Remove” button at the bottom right to uninstall.

Mac AppCleaner

This is the end of this article.


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