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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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. In case you don’t know, the new update, TextExpander 6, is subscription-based rather than a one-time purchase of the application. The basic Life Hacker subscription costs a …

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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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The Fastest Ways to Open and Quit Applications Beyond Your Dock

When it comes to opening and closing applications on our computer, there are Mac automation tools that can either automatically launch or quit applications for you, or provide other ways of doing so beyond clicking icons in the Dock, opening the Applications folder, or using Apple’s Launchpad. Normally we have several applications, such as Safari, Mail, and …

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Automating iDoneThis With Keyboard Maestro and Alfred

There’s no shortage of to-do applications and services, but whichever tool you use, it’s important to have a strategy that makes it easy to keep track of goals and accomplishments. My current to-do application is 2Do. I use it to manage my projects, ideas, and start dates for various tasks. On Sunday evenings I try to …

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5 Quick Ways to Copy and Paste Text Using Keyboard Maestro

If you regularly copy and paste text on your Mac, these five Keyboard Maestro macros enable you to actually copy and paste text while typing. In the following video, I demonstrate how the macros work. Note: the guide I refer to in the video is available when you subscribe to MacAutomationTips. After subscribing you should get an email that includes a …

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Automatically Change Your Desktop Image When A Specified Application Launches

Changing your desktop image can be hassle, but it doesn’t have to be if you know how to use Keyboard Maestro and Apple’s Automator. While Mac OS X offers Spaces for quickly switching between desktops, I find Spaces a little cumbersome and impractical, especially since I work with a 27 inch iMac and a second monitor. Instead, I use …

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Avoid Redundant Typing Using Keyboard Maestro’s Quick Record and Playback Feature

How many times have you found yourself repeating the same keystrokes and clicks to get a task done in a application? It happens often for me, and that’s when I turn to Keyboard Maestro’s Quick Record feature to save me time. The quick record feature is  a somewhat advance feature in KM, but it’s not difficult to learn. (Here’s …

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Automate Your Week Using Keyboard Maestro Time Triggers

A to-do list is great for managing tasks, but automating your to-do list is better with Keyboard Maestro timed triggers. I use to-do lists not just because they remind me of tasks, but because  they also allow me to get reminders out of my head so I don’t have to think about them until they need to get done. …

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How to Use Named Clipboards in Keyboard Maestro

This tutorial is about Named Clipboards in Keyboard Maestro. But first I’m going to briefly describe the difference between the Mac’s system wide clipboard, and the basic clipboard feature in Keyboard Maestro. (Note: this article reposted from my old MacAutomationTips blog site. Here’s an introduction to Keyboard Maestro, if you’re new to the program.) Just …

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