Create a keyboard shortcut to queue songs in Spotify on OS X

Sadly Spotify misses a lot of useful keyboard shortcuts, but fortunately we can use AppleScript and BetterTouchTool to create a shortcut to add a song to the queue.

I spent the last hour trying to set the easiest and most reliable way to create a keyboard shortcut for Spotifys Add to Queue functionality on OS X. Since I found no solution for this I decided to post it here.

Update June 14, 2013: In the last update Spotify moved Queue in the context menu from the second position to the 6th. I updated the article accordingly (but not the screenshot).

There is no menu bar entry for this functionality in Spotify and therefore no way to use an ApplyScript. I had to simulate mouse clicks to get this done. There exists a range of different tools to set keyboard shortcuts, but I personally prefer BetterTouchToul from Andreas Hegenberg.

BetterTouchTool
BetterTouchTool

In the main BetterTouchTool window you first need to add Spotify to the list of applications. Just press the small plus button in the bottom of the list. I created two shortcuts. One for adding all tracks in the current view to the queue and another one for adding all currently selected tracks to the queue.

Let’s first create the shortcut for adding all tracks in the current view to the queue. Manually we would first press Cmd+A to select all tracks, then click the right mouse button and select the second entry from the context menu. We need to create a new shortcut by pressing the Add New Shortcut button in the lower right corner. Define your favourite shortcut to it (I mapped the CAPSLOCK key to Crtl+Option+Shift+Command and used CL+Q) and set Trigger Other Keyboard Shortcut to Cmd+A. Click Attach Another Action and set Trigger Prefefined Action to Rightclick. Next we need to attach two six more actions that both all should trigger the Down key. The last action we need to attach is the Enter key.

The shortcut to add only the selected songs to the queue is very similar, just set the shortcut to trigger Rightclick instead of Cmd+A.

Please note that the mouse has to be hovered over the selected songs when triggered the shortcut.

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