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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7 Different Ways To Delete Items On Your Mac

One of the reasons I like Mac automation applications is that they provide more than one way to perform a task. Thus when it comes to deleting files and other items on my Mac, thankfully I’m not limited to punching the Delete key or dragging items to the trashcan. In this article I share several Mac automation features I use to delete items and …

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Ask Mac Automator: Copy and Paste Safari Data and Text

Hi, I’m trying to figure out a Keyboard Maestro macro that would 1. Copy the text selected (for example a paragraph from a feature article in Safari) and then 2. Also copy the web link to that article. you would then be able to share this via email or messages. In iOS, this is achievable …

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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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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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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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