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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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.

2016 Year in Review And Top 10 Posts

This article ends the second year of MacAutomationTips (MAT).  While I didn’t accomplish all my goals for the site this year, I’m happy that the MAT gained over 400 new subscribers and a few thousand Twitter followers. I appreciate all the subscribers to my site, and I especially get excited when hearing from Mac users who …

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How I Hack and Automate the Task Manager, Todoist

When you have an application that you use regularly, if you’re Mac automator you can’t help not automating and hacking the heck out of  that application. And that’s exactly what I’ve done after just a few days of using the task manager application, Todoist (affiliate link.) If you follow this blog, you might remember that I switched to the task manager, …

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Automatically Copy Selected Text with Keyboard Maestro and iClip

Nothing waste more time on the computer in my view than punching hotkeys. I know…I know, hotkeys are supposed to be a faster than using the cursor for triggering computer actions, but with Mac automation tools, hotkeys and menu items don’t always need to be manually clicked. Case and point: Say you need to copy and paste several pieces of …

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Automate Sticky Type Notes with Keyboard Maestro

Even though Apple provides the familiar Stickies notes in OS X, they, like the proverbial yellow paper sticky notes, can become a wall of desktop clutter, and they are not always assessable when needed.  So  instead of sticky notes, I use Keyboard Maestro’s Display Text actions. Display Text actions may not be as fancy of a name, or as colorful …

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Easily Type Numbers Without Looking At Your Keyboard

If you ask me what is my biggest reasons for using Mac automation, it would be because I don’t like looking down at my keyboard as I type. When I look down at the keyboard to locate a keyboard shortcut combination, click number keys, or to make sure I’m clicking the left or right bracket key, then I’m wasting a few seconds …

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