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Links to all of the blog posts for Mac Automation Tips appear on the @macautotips Twitter feed, but I also want to provide other ways for readers to access the content. If you’re prefer reading articles for this site on your iPad, there’s a few ways you can automate that process using IFTTT or the reader later apps, …

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Avoid Clicking, Clicking, and Clicking With Dwellclick

One of the most time consuming tasks when working on a computer is  constant mouse or trackpad clicking  to activate things. This why a powerful utility called DwellClick ($9.99) might be use to Mac power users. Working at the computer requires endless clicking of buttons, URL links, menu items, checklists, application icons, etc.. Some people don’t mind doing it, …

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Automatically Change Your Desktop Image When A Specified Application Launches

Changing your desktop image can be hassle, but it doesn’t have to be if you know how to use Keyboard Maestro and Apple’s Automator. While Mac OS X offers Spaces for quickly switching between desktops, I find Spaces a little cumbersome and impractical, especially since I work with a 27 inch iMac and a second monitor. Instead, I use …

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Avoid Redundant Typing Using Keyboard Maestro’s Quick Record and Playback Feature

How many times have you found yourself repeating the same keystrokes and clicks to get a task done in a application? It happens often for me, and that’s when I turn to Keyboard Maestro’s Quick Record feature to save me time. The quick record feature is  a somewhat advance feature in KM, but it’s not difficult to learn. (Here’s …

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GhostNote Automatically Changes Notes Based On Active Applications and Documents

Here’s a problem: I experienced an issue with applying styles in OmniOutliner, and I finally wrote the developers and asked them how to solve it. They quickly replied back and explained the issue and the solution. But wait, suppose I forget the solution two or three months from now when I happen to use the …

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Quickly Paste Clipboard Items While You Type Using Alfred

When you’re in a writing flow, the powerful and handy, Mac tool, Alfred, can make it super easy to retrieve and paste previously copied text in its clipboard manager. Because I constantly copy and paste pieces of text in most of the writing I do, I use three clipboard managers (including iClip and Copy’em Paste) for different purposes. Alfred’s clipboard …

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How to Easily Navigate Safari with BetterTouchTool Finger Gestures

The Safari web browser is probably the most used application on the Mac, but it can be a waste of time when you have to click buttons or keyboard shortcuts when your hand is already on the trackpad or MagicMouse in order to navigate the browser. The finger gesture application, BetterTouchTool (free) can make navigating Safari or any web browser faster, and …

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BetterTouchTool Versus Apple’s Finger Gesture Features

If you use Apple’s finger gesture feature to zoom, scroll, swipe and pinch to provoke actions in various applications on your Mac, you should definitely try out the still free(!) and seriously powerful, application, BetterTouchTool. Apple’s finger gesture features (found in System Preferences), consist of a few dozens gestures, such as for control-clicking a file or selected text, zooming in or out of and …

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Automate Your Week Using Keyboard Maestro Time Triggers

A to-do list is great for managing tasks, but automating your to-do list is better with Keyboard Maestro timed triggers. I use to-do lists not just because they remind me of tasks, but because  they also allow me to get reminders out of my head so I don’t have to think about them until they need to get done. …

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Keyboard Maestro Can Automatically Open an Application On a Second Monitor

If you’re lucky enough to have two more screen monitors for your Mac, Keyboard Maestro can be highly helpful for automatically moving designated applications to the second monitor. When I launch Disk Utility,  iTunes or Rdio, I rarely need to uses these applications on my primary monitor. I usually keep them parked on the second monitor instead. Macro …

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