How can I create a keyboard shortcut to a tool in the Tools Palette?
In the latest version of ChemDraw, you can use HotKeys. Locate your ChemDraw Items folder. In this folder locate the CS ChemDraw HotKeys.txt file, which is just a text file. Double click it to open it. There is a section in this document that lists the different tool properties you can assign to a key. At the bottom of the document, add your key and associated property. i.e.
This will assign the solid bond tool to the number 7 key. So if you press the number 7 in ChemDraw, the active tool will change to the Solid Bond tool.