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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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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3 Automations for Using Grab Desktop Screen Captures

Apple’s Grab is still the best screenshot applications for taking timed screen captures. But thanks to Keyboard Maestro and Hazel, there are three features or steps that I automate to reduce the steps for taking and saving timed screenshots. I assume that most Mac users are familiar with these universal keyboard shortcuts for quickly taking screenshots. On the other …

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How Keyboard Maestro’s Active Application Switcher Is Better than Apple’s Switcher

I’ve never been a fan of Apple’s Application Switcher, mainly because it requires holding down the Command+Tab keys in order to use it. Instead, I use the Keyboard Maestro’s powerful Active Application Switcher. When you have several applications open at the same time, it can sometimes be a hassle to locate and switch between applications buried behind one another. …

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