DEVONthink’s Inbox is nicely set aside in the side bar:

Inboxes in the Sidebar

Inboxes in the Sidebar

However, there is no smooth process to get there by a key command. And golly-gosh-darn-it, I like my key commands.  Let’s create a method to open the desired Inbox a new window. We’ll use our trusty Keyboard Maestro in this example, but you can use another custom keyboard program if desired as well.1

First,

  • Use the contextual menu (Command-click) to add the desired Inbox to your favorites:

Add Slip-Box Inbox to Sidebar

Add Slip-Box Inbox to Sidebar

Doing so adds the Inbox to your menu – Menu > Go  > Favorites > XXXX:

Slip-Box Inbox added to Favorites Menu

Slip-Box Inbox added to Favorites Menu

Now you can

  • Create a Keyboard Maestro macro to:
  1. Open a new window
  2. Open that window to the Inbox

Keyboard Maestro to Open a window and go to the Inbox

Keyboard Maestro to Open a window and go to the Inbox


  1. I’ve since discovered, through the DEVONthink newsletter, that there is a free key command app called Custom Shortcuts made by Houdah Software, makers of HoudahSpot, which is another program I really like. Keyboard Maestro does a lot more than create key commands and can string two together like we did above. But you may want to give Custom Shortcuts a try and see if it’s your cup of tea. ↩︎