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Ask Mac Automator: Changing the Wake Schedule

  Here is a Keyboard Maestro question for you. Say you want to start your computer at different times during the week using KM’s time trigger. Where you set it at 10:00 am to trigger the energy system preference pane, select schedule, change the time and save. Is that possible? If so, you can have …

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How To Take Screenshots Without Pressing A Hotkey

If you take screenshots on a regular basis, moving your hand off your trackpad and then pressing the Command+Shift+4 shortcut is unnecessary, that is if you make use of one or more Mac automation programs to press the shortcut and initiate the shot for you. Be honest, how often do you have to look down at …

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Ask Mac Automator: Thoughts on Dragon Dictate 5

Are you still not happy with Dragon Dictate v5? I own v4 and did not upgrade after I read your review of Dictate. This question is based on my article I posted back in September, Should You Wait to Upgrade to Dragon Dictate 5.0? Yes!, which still receives many hits. I’m still not happy with Dragon Dictate …

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Introducing the BetterTouchTool Finger Gesture Course

I’m a huge fan of the finger gesture application, BetterTouchTool, mainly  because it’s an application that helps reduce the need for typing keyboard shortcuts and clicking on menu items. I’ve written about BetterTouchTool (BTT) in several articles for this site. Some of the articles talk directly about how to use BTT, while other articles include …

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How to Trigger Keyboard Shortcuts While Typing

Traditionally, computer users fall into two camps: they are either heavy keyboard shortcut users, or they primarily use their mouse or trackpad to click menu items and navigate tasks on their desktop. But with Keyboard Maestro, there’s a third, faster option: string stringers. There’s no one right way to navigate your Mac, and most of us use a …

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Ask Mac Automator: Butler or Alfred?

I’ve decided that it might be a good idea to post my responses to Ask Mac Automator questions I receive. I will only choose responses that might be useful to other Mac automators and/or that might be useful for discussion from other Mac automators. Some responses might not fully answer the question, but the response might shed some light on a particular …

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Snappy Screenshots vs Mac Screenshots

If you’re a blogger, graphic designer, or a content producer, you probably take more screenshots in a week than general computer users do all year. This is why Apple’s default image capture feature is no longer the smart time-saving solution for screenshot captures. Instead, I highly recommend  the more robust application, Snappy. Snappy is a free download in the Mac …

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20 Ways You’re Wasting Time on Your Mac

The purpose of computers should be to save you time, and increase your productivity. If you know what computer tasks you can automate or do faster on your Mac, you can make your Mac work more for you than against you. One of the purposes of Mac Automation Tips is to show  Mac users how to use Mac automation tools …

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