How to More Quickly Trigger Popular Mac Keyboard Shortcuts

As the Cult of Mac and other websites recommend, there are Mac keyboard shortcuts you should know and use. But if you want to be a Mac power user and automator, I contend you shouldn’t spend time pressing keyboard shortcuts when there are faster ways to do it. I rarely punch keyboard shortcuts, mainly because I don’t like …

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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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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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BetterTouchTool and Keyboard Maestro

Ask Mac Automator: BetterTouchTool vs Keyboard Maestro

@macautotips do you see any benefit to using string triggers in BTT versus @keyboardmaestro ? — Shawn Myers RN MBA (@ShawnMyersRN) January 1, 2017 This is a great question, and quite easy to answer. But I want to elaborate on it some. In a Nutshell For those who are familiar with BetterTouchTool and Keyboard Maestro, here’s …

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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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16 Safari Shortcuts Triggered by Finger Gestures

The  other day I came across an article posted on the popular tech site, CNET, titled the “21 shortcuts for Safari you should know.” As you probably can guess, it includes the best keyboard shortcuts for controlling and managing features in Safari. Well, I have a challenge to this article. While shortcuts are great, who can actually reminder them all? …

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BetterTouchTool

Guest Post: Michael Coyle on How I Use BetterTouchTool

As part of the site’s How I Automate series, I’m pleased to share my interview with Micheal Coyle, who is not only one of my very supportive Twitter contacts, but is also a Mac user who is making Mac automation a major part of his daily workflow. Micheal registered and completed my BetterTouchTool Finger Gestures Course, and he agreed to …

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Ask Mac Automator: Keyboard Shortcuts or Finger Gestures?

You can close Safari tabs quicker with BetterTouchTool. Here’s more that it can do: https://t.co/T9FN6yLaDh pic.twitter.com/jCa2lPlDTz — Automate Your Mac (@macautotips) May 18, 2016 @macautotips Quicker than Command+W? I find that hard to believe. — Martin McCallion (@devilgate) May 19, 2016 It’s really great to get this question from one of my Twitter followers, because …

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Mac automation

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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Introducing the BetterTouchTool Finger Gesture Course

I’m a huge fan of the finger gesture application, BetterTouchTool, mainly  because it’s an application that helps reduce the need for typing keyboard shortcuts and clicking on menu items. I’ve written about BetterTouchTool (BTT) in several articles for this site. Some of the articles talk directly about how to use BTT, while other articles include …

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