How to Configure Making Calls Using Hotkeys with the 3CX Client
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09. How to Configure Making Calls Using Hotkeys

Making Calls Using Hot Keys

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Making Calls Using Hot Keys


Configuring Hot Keys

Making a Call Using the “Copy numbers from clipboard” Hot Key

Making a call using the Hot Key (Mac)

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Hot Keys allow you to use a key or a combination of keys on a computer keyboard to control the 3CX client. Using the Hot Key feature, you can make, answer, decline, transfer, place calls on hold or divert them to voicemail. For example, you will not have to open the client in order to press the Answer button; you can answer the call just by pressing the Shift + A combination on your keyboard.

Important: Do not use Hot Key combinations that are used for your Windows system, you will not be able to use them both at the same time.

Configuring Hot Keys

  1. Click the Gears button  to access Settings.”
  2. Click on Hot Keys.
  3. By default the Hot Keys functionality is not enabled. Click on the Hot Key you want to enable and check “Enable keyboard shortcut.”
  4. Select the key combination that will serve as your Hot Key. You can combine Ctrl, Alt and Shift keys along with letters and numbers. Note: Letters, numbers and special function keys (insert, delete, page up, page down and others) have to be combined with Ctrl, Alt and Shift keys in order to create a Hot Key. F1 - F12 keys do not have this limitation.

  1. Click “OK” to save.

Making a Call Using the “Copy numbers from clipboard” Hot Key

  1. Open a web page, text document or any other file and highlight the number that you want to dial.
  2. In this example we selected Shift+V to serve as the Hot Key. Press Shift+V and the number will be copied automatically on your clients dial-pad screen.


  1. Click the Call button to dial the number.

Making a call using the Hot Key (Mac)

If you are using the 3CX client for Mac then you can initiate a call by:

  1. Highlighting the number you want to call.
  2. Press Cmd + 3 on your keyboard.
  3. The 3CX client for Mac will open and your call will be initiated once you click on the call button.

Note: This Hot Key is hardcoded and cannot be disabled.

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  1. Hi, Is there a 3CX Hot Key to finish the call?



    June 29, 2015 at 9:46 pm Reply
    • Charalambos Eleftheriou

      Hi Frank, The default Hot key to hang up a call is CTRL+Shift+F. From your 3CXPhone, You may need to enable the hot key. To do so, click the gear icon (Settings), select “Hot Keys” then Scroll down and click on the last item “Hang up or decline call” and tick the check box “Enable Keyboard shortcut”, to enable it, then click “OK”. You should now be able to hang up a call using the the hot key sequence. You can also change the sequence if you like.

      June 30, 2015 at 8:58 am
  2. Ludwig

    How do I disable Shortcuts in 3CX Phone for Mac? I need the CMD+3 command to change the view in Finder but it’s overridden by some action I cannot identify in 3CX Phone..

    July 8, 2015 at 6:53 pm Reply
    • Charalambos Eleftheriou

      @Ludwig, The hot key is the only one on the that is hard coded into the 3CXPhone for Mac. It can not be changed.

      July 9, 2015 at 9:33 am
    • Triggvy

      How can we disable system wide shortcuts in OSX? It’s impossible to work while the 3CX phone app is running. We need the CMD+1-N shortcuts for a ton of other programs, like the browser or mail.
      If its really hardcoded in the app, might there be a way to suppress this on OSX?

      October 14, 2015 at 5:12 pm
    • Charalambos Eleftheriou

      @Tiggvy, thanks for the question. I’m afraid this can not be changed.

      October 14, 2015 at 6:05 pm
  3. Marc Hutto

    Hi. I’m interested to know if there is an ability to use a HOT KEY to quickly grab a call when the desktop app is buried in the background. For instance, pressing CTRL and some other key to quickly answer the call and that same key combination to hang up when finished with the call?

    October 27, 2015 at 8:13 pm Reply
    • Charalambos Eleftheriou

      @Marc, thanks for the question. There are already pre-assigned hot keys within 3CXPhone for Windows. To see the Hot Keys that are assigned and make changes click the settings button in the bottom right hand corner (Gear icon) then click Hot Keys.

      October 27, 2015 at 10:27 pm
    • Marc Hutto

      Charalambos Eleftheriou – Yes, I know how to find the hotkeys through the gear symbol. However, there is no indication as to what the various keys do. The CTRL+Shift+F also (as mentioned in your note to Frank) doesn’t end a call as you described. Can you offer more guidance?

      October 28, 2015 at 3:26 am
    • Charalambos Eleftheriou

      @Marc, Thanks for the reply. Each one of the hot keys describes its function. You do however have to enable them individually by clicking into them and checking the tick box ‘Enable Keyboard shortcut’. You may also assign your own shortcut key combinations.

      October 29, 2015 at 11:45 pm
  4. Tara

    Is there a hotkey to use to transfer to voicemail? I was not able to find reading the manual.

    June 27, 2016 at 9:54 pm Reply
    • Yes there is “Ctrl + Shift + v”
      Go to settings > Hotkeys and you will see them all there.

      June 28, 2016 at 10:53 am
  5. Winton Naviyo

    Is there an option to dial a BLF from a keyboard shortcut

    September 12, 2016 at 1:52 pm Reply
    • Charalambos Eleftheriou

      @Winton, It is not possible to dial a blf key from a keyboard shortcut.

      September 13, 2016 at 4:05 pm
  6. Is there a registry item or configfile item for scripting The 3CX hotkey to dial a number?
    I want to deploy it centralized in my organisation for all users

    December 14, 2016 at 11:59 am Reply