13 Copy and Paste Actions for Mac Power Users

Using multiple applications to copy and paste text and images can boost your productivity and save countless clicks, mouse movements, and typing. The following is a list of tips for how I copy and paste text as I write and edit articles, tweets, reports, and other content. The purpose is to provide you ideas for …

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My Favorite Mac Automation Updates and Other Mac Apps of 2015

Before the year comes to a close, I thought I’d post a list of my favorite Mac automation application updates of the year, as well as a few of my favorite applications I started using in 2015. I plan to make this review an annual topic, because it’s important to highlight a few of the most useful updates for the Mac automation …

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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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Multiple Ways to Trigger Keyboard Shortcuts in 2Do and Other Applications

The best way to save time using most any application is to have more than one way to trigger an application’s menu items and features. With Mac automation tools, you’re not restricted to keyboard shortcuts, or a mouse or trackpad clicks. To show what I mean, I’m going to focus on the task manager application, 2Do for …

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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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