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You can define shortcuts for notebook cell styles in the stylesheet editor, by adding MenuCommandKey->"7", etc. to the style definition. That is, you can define Alt-1 to set/create a cell with one style, Alt-2 a different style, ..., through Alt-9.

From the documentation in Mathematica 8 for MenuCommandKey for styles:

Acceptable values include None and "1" through "9".

So it appears that there are only 9 possible shortcuts. But there are more than 9 styles I commonly use. Is it possible to define additional such shortcuts?

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You can choose most letters I believe. I have alt+M for MathCaption for example.

If you have v8, what I found most useful was to group all the title-subtitle-..., section-subsection-..., item-subitem-..., itemNumbered..., sectionNumbered..., Input-code-whatever, in a single style and tab or backspace to move to the next-previous style in the hierarchy with the cell option StyleKeyMapping

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Seems to be undocumented, but it works. –  Mechanical snail Nov 15 '12 at 22:05
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Yes, you can use the shift key, too. So, in one stylesheet I have, I have defined MenuCommandKey -> "5" for Item and MenuCommandKey -> "%" for SubItem.

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