How to Automate Tasks On Your iMac Monitor

A s a user of a 27″ iMac monitor, I find the extra screen space to be both a benefit and challenge. But by using powerful automation tools, I can get around many of the problems of dragging my cursor across the screen to trigger menu items, resize windows, or delete items on my desktop. The screenshot below demonstrates …

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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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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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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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Clicking vs Tapping vs DwellClicking: Which Is Faster?

How many times do you tap and click on your mouse or trackpad while working at your Mac? No doubt hundreds of times day. Well there’s an application called DwellClick that will automatically click buttons, links, and drag pages for you. DwellClick is a product of Pilotmoon, the maker of the awesome, click saving application, PopClip. DwellClick clicks …

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TextExpander and Keyboard Maestro: How I Use Both

No doubt subscribers and followers of this site are aware of the recent changes SmileOnMyMac has made for the recent update to their highly popular and useful text expansion program, TextExpander (affiliate link). In case you don’t know, the new update, TextExpander 6, is subscription-based rather than a one-time purchase of the application. TextExpander is $32/year. Lifetime Discount …

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How to Remember Finger Gestures, String Letters, and Other Triggers

A few of my Twitter followers have asked me how do I keep track of and remember triggers (stringer letters, finger gestures, and voice commands) I assign to various Mac automation tools. That’s an excellent question, for I imagine many computer users face the challenge of remembering keyboard shortcuts, text expansion abbreviations, and the keys for typing special characters. …

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Copy and Paste Multiple Text Items Twice as Fast Using Keyboard Maestro

I recently discovered a Keyboard Maestro macro that alleviates the redundant steps of copying and pasting multiple items of text to the system clipboard, and then re-pasting them to another document. If you’re a Keyboard Maestro user, you’ll probably want to include this macro in your library. Occasionally I need to copy numerous items, such as quotes, and paste …

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10 Ways to Activate the Same Application Using Mac Automation Tools

Whether you’re typing on are the keyboard, or hand is on your mouse or trackpad, Mac automation tools can provide multiple ways to perform the same task, such as routinely opening or activating a regularly used application. This article is particularly useful for readers who are not familiar with Mac automation tools. I explain ten ways I open my frequently …

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