Menu Master
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Change or remove menu shortcut keys.   Shareware ($12.00)
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Menu Master is a haxie that allows you to change or remove menu shortcut keys in any application with ease. It takes about 15 seconds to learn how to use Menu Master, and saves you lots of time later because you can use the shortcuts you defined and do not bother remembering which ones the developer of the software invented for you.

Additionally, you can set shortcuts to any menu item that had no shortcuts, or remove shortcuts from menu items.
What's New
Version 2.0.3:
  • Fixed a compile bug that prevented Menu Master from loading in PowerPC applications (like Word 2004).
Intel, Mac OS X 10.6 or later

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Menu Master User Discussion (Write a Review)
ver. 2.x:
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Elegraphy commented on 12 Oct 2011
I just want to comment, that this maybe the wonderful program for Mac, but the support from this company is horrible!!!

I have purchase this program back in 2009 for my PowerBook G4, and recently I have problem with my computer, so I reinstalled Leopard again, but I need PPC compatible version of Menu Master. I have sent them email two times during the summer (August 2011), I have included my order# and asked if they can send me the latest PPC compatible MM, but there's nobody from these email (,, have replied my question. I had to go for a wild goose chase online to get my self a free copy of the last PPC version of MM from some legacy software site. I have been a fan of Unsanity's haxie products, but I am very disappointed with their support!!!
[Version 2.0.3]


Lvdoc commented on 17 Apr 2011
Does anyone know if this program relies on Rosetta? WindowShade does. I don't see this requirement in the description, but that doesn't necessarily mean anything. Thanks in advance.
[Version 2.0.3]

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Jeff-H. replied on 15 Oct 2011
It does. It stopped working in Lion. As usual no replies/response/word from these guys.

normb replied on 05 Jan 2012
Unsanity's weblog for 8 Nov 2011 appears to be suggesting that MM and other haxies WILL be upgraded for LION. May have to wait a while . . . this is all that is holding me back from migrating to LION


normb reviewed on 01 Apr 2011
I cannot figure the complaints - this is for me just a wonderful useful piece of software. I have been using it for very many years on a variety of iBooks MacBooks and now a MB Air; at this stage I am up to OS 10.6.6 - no issues, it just works. As a keyboard junkie, I can in an instant set a keystroke of my own choosing to do most anything sitting in the drop down menus on almost all software. I can use it in Mail, to move items to particular folders, just on a keystroke. I can apply my own keystroke to my favourite Bookmarks in FFox or Safari - there is almost no limit to its usefulness. For me, I much prefer the keyboard to the mouse - so much easier and faster - I rate it as the single most important software utility on my system, and I cannot imagine computing without it.
[Version 2.0.3]

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Lvdoc replied on 01 May 2011
I agree with your experiences. MM is wonderful in many respects.

The problem is that it relies on Rosetta. My understanding is that Lion will no longer support Rosetta. So, for those of us who wish to move up to Lion, MM will be useless. And experience - for many many years - has shown that Unsanity takes forever to update its software. I know there are some people who are willing to wait to upgrade their OS until Unsanity catches up. I'm not one of them.

Every time there's an OS update, Unsanity has the same amount of time as any other developer to get ready. Yet they're always the last one out of the chute. And whereas their products are often innovative - I do admire MM for what it does and the ease of it all - the fact that they took forever to update it for SL and still had to rely on Rosetta suggests that something isn't quite right. Deskovery, for instance, is able to do windowshading without Rosetta; why can't Unsanity also do that? (I think Unsanity's program is better featured, don't get me wrong. But when Lion comes out, I'll at least be able to still windowshade without having to wait for Unsanity.)

Of course, it doesn't help that Unsanity also has a bad record of customer relations. They don't write back; they don't post updates on what they're doing. Nothing. (Go to their home page. Their last web log update was Feb. 2010.) It's one thing to offer a good product. It's considerably inappropriate to let your customers hang forever without a word when things stop working.

So whereas I am willing to praise what they have now, I'm not so sure such praise will be much longer lived.

normb replied on 01 May 2011
I agree with Lvdoc - I don't expect MM to survive with Lion.

The BEST outcome would be for Apple to consider building similar features into the OS.

Doesn't seem very likely though does it ??

Ward commented on 29 Mar 2011
When most/all Unsanity haxies stopped working with Snow Leopard, I found alternatives for the two I really cared about: Menu Master and FruitMenu.

The new Menu Master almost got me to break my pledge to never again install an Unsanity product. Apple's Keyboard Shortcuts feature is very tedious to use (and fails completely if an app has menu items with the same name in different menus).

With Lion on the horizon, I'm unwilling to switch back to Unsanity and then wait a year for Lion compatibility.
[Version 2.0.3]

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Stickman67 replied on 29 Mar 2011
I'm glad I read this post before almost breaking my own pledge never to use Unsanity haxies again!

I didn't know about Apple's Keyboard Shortcuts until now, and though it may have some shortcomings, I'm more than happy to work with the built-in functionality of the OS than risk the glitches that Application Enhancer seems invariably to bring.


Kitmos reviewed on 28 Mar 2011
Unfortunately tech support has disappeared. I have been emailing them for weeks to all their email address and have not gotten a single reply. For that reason I give them a low rating.
[Version 2.0.3]



Evilinstone reviewed on 27 Mar 2011
you pay for nothing.
this functionality included in 10.5-10.6.
System Preferences/Keyboard/Keyboard Shortcuts
[Version 2.0.3]

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Lesoth0 replied on 27 Mar 2011
Apple's way isn't as slick as you've to:
- manually add the application
- remember it's exact Menu Title / command
- then do your shortcut.

With this, you're already in the application and just Ctrl click in the menu again that you're already in to put the keyboard shortcut in. Far easier to visually see what you're doing than the round-about way Apple wants you to do it IMHO. If Apple comes up with something as simple I'll be using it obviously, until then yhat's why I paid the few bucks for the Haxie and have been very happy with it over the years.

Evilinstone replied on 28 Mar 2011
Menu Master another background applications who eating memory/cpu.
replace apple system events with own.
in result more instability OS.

you change you keyboard shortcuts every 5 min?
I don't think so.

in my case better one time spend 2 min for create/change require shortcuts in system preferences than using another background applications and getting problem.

Lesoth0 replied on 29 Mar 2011
You've stated that MenuMaster is "another background applications who eating memory/cpu"?

May I ask what or where you're basing this data on please?

Activity Monitor states between 0.00% - 0.10%CPU for any of their Haxies (on a quad core MacPro) that I can see anyway and most of the time they're asleep.

I'd be interested in your hard data to prove your point.

Lvdoc commented on 27 Mar 2011
With Unsanity's history of taking forever to release versions that are compatible with new OS updates - and with Lion on the near horizon - I wonder how many months it will take them to make a Lion-compatible version. Worse, I wonder if MM is currently requiring Rosetta. I know that WindowShade requires it. If that's the case, this will be even messier because rumor has it that Lion will no longer support Rosetta or PPC applications. Although MM is listed as "Intel," this update seems to suggest that it contains PPC code.

Although this takes slightly longer to configure, it's worked just fine for me (and is FREE):

It's definitely much easier than Apple's method of assigning or changing keyboard shortcuts.
[Version 2.0.3]



Foulger reviewed on 26 Dec 2010
I used to be a HUGE Insanity fan but it must be apparent now that they have lost the plot, only update software on a casual basis and I have proved to my self that APE and haxies slow down my system. So although MM is a great idea and I used it for many years I forgot that I also have Quickeys which I first bought in OS System 7 I believe. Although more expensive it does many many things including altering menu commands for individual or all applications. Also it doesn't crash or slow down my system. Well worth the money. Download a demo and give it a try. BTW I dont work for the Quickeys guys lol.
[Version 2.0.1]


-14 reviewed on 01 Nov 2010
wait. the cat above me is saying he doesn't find much difference in mm's shortcut assignment process to that of a stock mac?


mm = drop down random menu anywhere & touch the shortcut once. done!

mac =
1. open sys prefs
2. keyboard pref
3. scroll list of shortcuts to find a button the make a new one.
4. oh damn - did the app's menu word/command that you 'have' to type in have those little three dots after the word? shit...let me close outta this sys pref window and go look.
5. then you need to put these new shortcuts into a folder list view separated per app or global (boy, that's gunna be confusing) - so now i need to click this button t make an untitled 'new' app folder to store these prefs in the sys prefs window.
6. untitled = type in name of apps or open a dialog box and navigate to the app.
7. then the apps sits and waits for YOU to select it's final easy step to finishing this One painful shortcut and that's to do what you would have done on step two, the final step, in menu master's app and that is............

..........type the short cut

you know, it's very funny to me when an app (or an OS for that matter) makes the process of "shortcut" creation LONG!

[Version 2.0.1]

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B. Jefferson Le Blanc replied on 22 Mar 2011
I suppose it depends on how many shortcuts you want or need to create. I need only one - Save As in Word - which is all I used Menu Master for previously. Well, for just one shortcut the more tedious method in OS X 10.6.x is adequate. If I wanted to do a slew of shortcuts, Menu Master would be the way to go.

Tipp-Flo commented on 29 Oct 2010
I didn't really miss it in Snow since you have the ability to make shortcuts via the preference pane. But I gave it a try and I'm glad it's back!
It shows which shortcuts you override when assign one - and it's so easy to use!

"Haxies are bad..." I never had any crashs that could be blamed on the haxies I use: Fruitmenu, Menu Master and FontCard (on Tiger and Leo).
[Version 2.0.1]

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Dale replied on 31 Oct 2010
I have missed Menu Master; I really liked it. I have not had a chance to use it under Snow Leopard, which is what I am running. I have used Window Shade, Xounds, and Fruit Menu since the early days of OS X. LaunchBar, Recent Items, and the Dock have obviated the need for Fruit Menu for me. Menu Master seems to have broken the usability of AirPort in the Menu Bar. AirPort will work, but you cannot tell it from the menu bar. I hope that it gets fixed as I wish to use it.
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PaperCutPro rated on 06 Apr 2011

[Version 2.0.3]

Version Downloads:724
Type:Utilities : System
Date:27 Mar 2011
Platform:Intel 32 / OS X
Price: $12.00
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Menu Master is a haxie that allows you to change or remove menu shortcut keys in any application with ease. It takes about 15 seconds to learn how to use Menu Master, and saves you lots of time later because you can use the shortcuts you defined and do not bother remembering which ones the developer of the software invented for you.

Additionally, you can set shortcuts to any menu item that had no shortcuts, or remove shortcuts from menu items.

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