Ask Mac Automator: How to Automatically Resize and Reposition a Window

It’s always great to receive Mac automation question from my subscribers. This most recent one asks: Hello! I’d like to know if there is a way to automatically open app windows so that when you open the app, the window is automatically sized and placed on the screen in a certain manner each time? For example, I like …

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Switching App Groups with Switchem and Keyboard Maestro

A review of Switchem for the Mac. An application that allows opening groups of application windows, web pages and files.

Timing 2 Automatically Tracks How You Spend Your Time

One of the keys to being productive is naturally knowing how you spend your time. If much of your work and time is done on your Mac, Timing 2 is one of the best ways to keep track of the time you’re working in specific applications, websites, documents, and even tasks you do beyond your …

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How to Show Open Tabs Using BetterTouchTool

 Mate Kele asked in a comment: “Can someone tell me how can I add a gesture for safari show all tabs with better touch tool?” This is a great question about BetterTouchTool (BTT), because the answer to the question illustrates how I create dozens of BTT actions for menu bar items for all my most used applications. …

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Outlinely and OutlineEdit Make For Better Outlining On the Mac

One of the ways to be most productive with a project, such as writing book or manual, designing a course, preparing a presentation, or simply creating step-by-step instructions is to start with an outline. Up until recently, OmniOutline was the application I used for outlining projects, but I often found the program a little heavy …

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Why You Need to Use Snappy or ScreenFloat

Two Mac screenshot applications that can increase your productivity with floating shots.

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What CleanMyMac Can Do for You

Because I work at my Mac on a daily basis, I know that I’m accumulating all kinds of outdated cache files, logs, unused langue files, and junk left over from when I delete an application. I don’t have time to manually search and delete unused junk on my Mac, and that’s why I’ve been using CleanMyMac for several years now. CleanMyMac …

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10 Recommendations for Getting Started with Mac Automation

Many readers and subscribers of MacAutomationTips are Mac users that are already using Mac automation applications, and that’s super great. But I also want to reach out to Mac users who have not started using Mac automation in their daily workflow. For those of you who are not using applications like Keyboard Maestro, BetterTouchTool, Hazel, TextExpander, Dragon Dictate, PopClip, smart folders, and iClip, …

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Why the AirPods Make the Apple Watch More Useful

Though ordered over two months ago, my AirPods finally arrived last week, and I must say it was well worth the wait. I had read enough about the AirPods to know that they would definitely be  an improvement over my PowerBeats which were cumbersome to wear, and difficult to make a Bluetooth connection. The set was …

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Ask Mac Automator: Triggering Automations Remotely

  Love the site. Quick question for you: what is the best way to launch Keyboard Maestro and/or Automator macros remotely from your iPhone. I feel like Workflow/IFTTT have to make this a possibility besides the semi-solution of monitoring a dropbox folder with Hazel. Have you heard of Otto…now Entangler? It seems it can do …

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