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quickeys12.sit (280.55 KB)
MD5: b6f7bac946bf28998a3295c079eadb41
For System 7.0 - 7.6
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quickeys_2.1.2.sit (856.40 KB)
MD5: e6e8b5009683522e394af4f057701524
For System 7.0 - 7.6
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quickeys_3.5.3.sit (1.29 MB)
MD5: d24c107e9e13b36917b9354def6728e0
For System 7.0 - 7.6
This software is still available for purchase
This app works with: SheepShaver, Basilisk II,

When Apple introduced the Extended Keyboard, QuicKeys came around to make these F-keys come alive. In short, it is a Control Panel for making keyboard shortcuts and automation macros.

While hailed as a hero of productivity and certainly useful, it was also known for conflicting with other cdevs & inits. For example, due to the raise in the Finder's memory requirements, certain anti-virus software sounded a (false) alarm.

1st download: QuicKeys 1.2 along with a copy of Vaccine, HeapFixer (a handy app to adjust for 'heap problems), Icon-It! (used for launching macros with the mouse) and Mr.Fixer, which intends to clear up issues related to running QuicKeys in conjunction with other programs. Runs on any System 6.x and lower.

2nd download: QuicKeys 2.1.2. Australian version. Ppackaged as Disk Copy 4.2 disk images. Doesn't run on floppy disk based systems anymore. Use with System 6 - Mac OS 7.6.

3rd download: QuicKeys 3.5.2. FAT version (contains 68k & PPC instructions). Requires Mac OS 7.5 - 7.6.

Versions 3.5.3 to 5.0 for classic Mac OS, are still available from the distributor's website.

Architecture: 68k PPC


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by Jatoba - 2019, May 6 - 5:03am

In case anyone needs or wants to uninstall QuicKeys, there's surprisingly VERY little documentation on it. There's a list of what's installed with QuicKeys 4 (sorta works for most versions, too), so you know what to remove:

This was a lifesaver for me, because I installed QuicKeys 5 today and it just made my Mac unusable. That is, it would soft-lock my Mac OS 9.2.2 each time upon startup, with no easy way to undo it. Upon getting rid of what it installed, things went back to normal.

Looking through the documentation, it seems for most of what it does, most people are FAR better off simply having FinderPop instead and, if scripts are also necessary, using AppleScript (or any OTHER scripting resource) and add FinderPop shortcuts for them.

But if you must install QuicKeys, consider backing up your System Folder first, because there's no easy uninstaller, and QuicKeys 5 (and some other versions) lack documentation of what exactly is installed, and where. The developer forums aren't that much of a help, either, especially for Mac OS 9 and earlier.

Just putting this warning here in case anyone else suffers because of QuicKeys, too. Other people in the developer forums certainly did.

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by s7345565 - 2017, April 23 - 5:20am

Whoops - answered my own questions after just a little searching! I'm so spoiled to MG having the newest version of these old programs that I didn't think to check for a newer version of Quickeys. Version 5 is available online at startly's website.

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by s7345565 - 2017, April 23 - 5:11am

Has anyone been able to get this to work with OS 9.2.2? My PB G4 1GHz crashes immediately upon booting after installing this. After the Finder is force quit, the Quickeys menu item appears, but choosing any menu option in Quickeys causes a hard crash. Just curious if there is a program similar to this for 9.2.2 or if I can make this compatible. Thanks!

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by soudesune - 2015, November 5 - 8:56am

Review (for v3.0) from contemporary magazine (MacFormat — May 1994) added.

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by themacmeister - 2015, February 6 - 11:08am

I think every version of QuicKeys (QuicKeysX) after this went very much downhill. Even this version was suffering with bloat, and slowing down - but it has just the right combination of tools for serious automation. I remember working in a postscript bureau, and using the Chooser extension saved us tens of minutes a DAY. Just a little thing like that.

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by Kitchen2010 - 2013, September 16 - 3:28pm

Thank you, MikeTomTom for your informative post !
I used the Edit trick in all cases and got the error, so I wondered if the file already went down again.
It seems that my ISP service is a slow one.

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by IIGS_User - 2013, September 16 - 3:23pm

I prefer "Downloadableness"

Yes, sounds more like the english language. Smile

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by MikeTomTom - 2013, September 16 - 12:06pm

So "Downloadability" seems to depend on the browser at the user's end?

No. but it is at the user's end here. Perhaps the User's server/ISP's cache updating. Especially in case as it was the same user, Kitchen2010, who posted the same "Its not working" post in the Formz-30 post. And that link - as is this one, was working just fine from where I'm sitting.

@Kitchen2010: if a link doesn't work, try the edit trick... If the edit trick doesn't work, refresh your browsers cache - and then try the link, the main DL may be activated by then. If not wait an hour or two and refresh your browsers cache again (you might have a lame ISP service).

Sometimes it takes weeks for an admin to get around to activating a link, usually you can "do the edit trick" to circumvent this, but if its missing at both ends, refresh your cache and try the main DL again, or wait just an hour or two before jumping to conclusions. That is, you might be right, the file could be missing locally and from amazonaws. But in both this and the Formz-30 links they were OK, which makes me suspect that your ISP caches the internet and it might take time before it updates its own caches.

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by Kitchen2010 - 2013, September 16 - 11:50am

Works for me now, too. Probably some redistribution delay at the Amazon server once again.
I am using Safari, is there some known problem with this browser ?

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by themacmeister - 2013, September 16 - 11:21am


I prefer "Downloadableness" Smile

IIGS_User's picture
by IIGS_User - 2013, September 16 - 10:51am

So "Downloadability" seems to depend on the browser at the user's end?

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by mrdav - 2013, September 16 - 8:56am

Works OK for me

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by Kitchen2010 - 2013, September 16 - 8:50am

Please check download link, it seems to be not working for me Sad