20 Quick String Combinations for Triggering Keyboard Maestro Macros

In my humble opinion, triggering automations while typing is the best, fastest and most efficient way to use Keyboard Maestro. If you’re familiar with Keyboard Maestro, you know there are several ways to trigger macros, and one method includes typing a string of two more assigned letters. The string trigger means that you don’t have to remember a keyboard shortcut, …

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Let PopClip Perform Mac Actions For You

When you stop and think about it, using a computer nearly always involves selecting and copying text, performing Internet searches, formatting text, and tediously adding quotation marks and the like. Since using the cursor is at the heart of what we do on the Mac, the nifty application, PopClip ($4.99 Mac App Store, affiliate link), can …

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Control iTunes From Any Application With These Powerful Automations

Even with the popularity of Apple Music, it’s a hassle to switch to iTunes to select and start a playlist, pause music, or adjust the volume when you’re busy on your Mac. But with powerful automator programs like Keyboard Maestro, you can control iTunes from within any application, and stay on task while you listen to …

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Use TextExpander to Automatically Click the Return, Tab, or Enter Keys for Faster Typing

If you don’t always like lifting your fingers off the keyboard to press the Tab, Enter, Escape, or Return key, let TextExpander do it for it while you type. Sometimes while typing,  I don’t want to look down to hit the Tab key when it’s needed. I can sometimes press the key without looking, but typing …

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Create a Number List In Any Application Using Keyboard Maestro

Using the automation magic of Keyboard Maestro, you can create a macro that automatically inserts a numbered list in any application as you type. Though applications like Microsoft Word and Google Docs include a tool for creating automatic numbered lists, such a feature doesn’t exist in most other text editors or web browsers. When I’m brainstorming ideas or making …

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How to Automate Mac Tasks While Typing

Keyboard Maestro provides over a dozen ways to trigger a macro (automation). One of my favorites is the string trigger option, because it actually enables you to trigger an action as you type, without having to lift your fingers to type a keyboard shortcut. A string trigger consists of typing two or more keyboard letters assigned …

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Get the Mac OS X Version Number From Within Any Application

When you need the version number of the current Mac operating system, Keyboard Maestro can display it, save it to the clipboard, or directly paste it an application for you, so you don’t have to click on Apple > About This Mac to get it. 1. To create this macro, use the Execute AppleScript action. Copy and paste …

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Seven Other BTT Features for Making Finger Gesture Actions More Powerful

This week’s focus on Mac Automation Tips is about using the power of multi-touch finger gesture actions in BetterTouchTool  (Free). If you’re new to program, there’s several features you might not yet be aware of. BTT is such a powerful trackpad and Magic Mouse program that it should remain in your dock, because once you know how to …

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For Your Viewing Pleasure: Every BetterTouchTool Built-in Action

The finger gesture application, BetterTouchTool has hundreds of built-in actions that are based the type of tasks and actions you perform on your Mac everyday. While many of the actions you create in BTT will be ones for activating menu bar shortcuts, the built-in actions provide a range of other actions that don’t have keyboard shortcuts.   It’s difficult to see the …

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