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The best way to get started with Mac automation is to identify Mac tasks you regularly perform on your Mac, and then figure out which ones can be automated.
Though computers are supposed to save us time and help us be more productive, many computer users perform redundant tasks without knowing that many actions can be automated or triggered with one or more less steps.
To help you become familiar with tasks you perform regularly, the following poll is a list of tasks that Mac users regularly perform on their computer.
Take Mac Tasks Survey
- Vote up a task if you perform it nearly every time you work at your computer
- Vote down a task if you don’t perform that task very often.
Note: at the end of this poll, I share examples of how common Mac tasks can be automated using relatively easy to learn automation applications.
Empty the computer trashcan
Navigate iTunes controls
Move or backup files
Close windows and tabs on a regular basis
Move and rearrange windows
Open regularly visited web and sites pages
Type regularly used passwords, names, email addresses, etc.
Change your desktop image
Type the same words, names, and titles on a regular basis
Copy and paste texts
Open files and folders
Open, close, and hide most applications on a regular basis
Type regularly used passwords
Sample Automated Mac Tasks
If you want to get started with Mac automation, there’s about a dozen relatively applications (including Keyboard Maestro, BetterTouchTool, Hazel, SuperTab, Speech Commands, TextExpander, PopClip, smart folders, and iClip) that help you automate tasks on your Mac.
The title for each example includes a link to an article that will explain more about the particular automation.
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The above examples are just a few of the type of automation hacks you can have triggered on your Mac. Depending on what you do, there are endless workflows that you can create that save you time and clicking using automation programs.
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Also, feel free to share the type of tasks you perform on your Mac that are not listed in the survey. I’m always interested in knowing about the automation needs of my readers.
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