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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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10 Ways to Activate the Same Application Using Mac Automation Tools

Whether you’re typing on are the keyboard, or hand is on your mouse or trackpad, Mac automation tools can provide multiple ways to perform the same task, such as routinely opening or activating a regularly used application. This article is particularly useful for readers who are not familiar with Mac automation tools. I explain ten ways I open my frequently …

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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 Power of the FORCE in Magic Trackpad 2 and BetterTouchTool

The new Magic Trackpad 2 and BetterTouchTool provide several dozen additional finger gestures for all types Mac and application related tasks. Using the power of Force gestures, you can rely less on keyboard shortcuts, and even save clicking and tapping to trigger actions. In the last year, my 5+ year-old Magic Trackpad could only hold 15% …

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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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Should You Be Automating Tasks on Your Mac? Take This Survey

Are you a Mac user who doesn’t quite know what you could be automating on your Mac? Take the following survey to see which and how many basic Mac tasks you perform on a regular basis. Should You Be Automating?  If you click more than 10 items on the list, you definitely have tasks that you could be automating …

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Jam and Groove Better With iTunes Smart Playlists

Though iTunes gets a little more complicated with each new update, I hang in there one for primary reason: Smart Playlists! Back in the day, when I iTunes was first released, I believe in 2001, I immediately ripped all my CD collection to it, and never looked back. As my collection of albums and songs …

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Access Any Mac Application Menubar Faster Using a Finger Gesture

Whether you have a 27″ or a 13″ Mac screen, drag your mouse to the menu bar of any application is a little time consuming, especially when you can do it faster with a simple finger gesture using BetterTouchTool. BetterTouchTool ( a free download) is similar to the finger gesture navigation feature in OS X, but it has hundreds of more …

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How to Use and Create Siri-Like Voice Commands on Your Mac

Using and creating voice commands on your Mac is not as difficult as you may think, using what is called the “speakable commands” feature already installed in iOS X. Though I strongly recommend Dragon Dictate for issuing default and custom voice commands on the Mac, the voice dictation program in OS X includes dozens of built-in commands, and the ability …

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mac automation, mac tools, productivity

10 Handy Mac Automations to Supercharge Your Productivity

Creating automations on your Mac can often take a little time and testing, but you gain that and lots more time back the more you use the automations you create.  If you’re new to Mac automations, consider taking the time to create a few automation setups described below when don’t have a deadline to meet,  or when simply want to  reduce …

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