BetterTouchTool Versus Apple’s Finger Gesture Features

If you use Apple’s finger gesture feature to zoom, scroll, swipe and pinch to provoke actions in various applications on your Mac, you should definitely try out the still free(!) and seriously powerful, application, BetterTouchTool. Apple’s finger gesture features (found in System Preferences), consist of a few dozens gestures, such as for control-clicking a file or selected text, zooming in or out of and …

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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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Keyboard Maestro Can Automatically Open an Application On a Second Monitor

If you’re lucky enough to have two more screen monitors for your Mac, Keyboard Maestro can be highly helpful for automatically moving designated applications to the second monitor. When I launch Disk Utility,  iTunes or Rdio, I rarely need to uses these applications on my primary monitor. I usually keep them parked on the second monitor instead. Macro …

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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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Convert a Line of Text to Title Case With Keyboard Maestro

When you’re brainstorming and typing titles, it’s a hassle to stop and capitalize the first letter of each word for the title. But with Keyboard Maestro, your line of text can be automatically converted to title case with either a hotkey or by typing a string of letters at the end of a line of text. …

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Reduce Mouse and Keyboard Clicking With These Automated Delete Actions

Isn’t annoying when you need to delete several items in an application, but then get hit with a confirmation dialogue box that requires yet another click? Well, either BetterTouchTool, Keyboard Maestro, and Dragon Dictate can automate the task for you, and save you some clicking. Confirmation Delete  The other morning I was going through my 1Password application and deleting login …

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Awesome New Keyboard Maestro 7.0 Worth the Upgrade

The granddaddy of all Mac automation programs, Keyboard Maestro has just released a new 7.0 upgrade that includes powerful new triggers and actions, and additional ways to filter your macros. Today’s 7.0 upgrade comes with a list of over a hundred new actions, macro additions, editor improvements, Engine additions, and minor changes and improvements. And for a program as powerful …

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20 Quick String Combinations for Triggering Keyboard Maestro Macros

In my humble opinion, triggering automations while typing is the best, fastest and most efficient way to use Keyboard Maestro. If you’re familiar with Keyboard Maestro, you know there are several ways to trigger macros, and one method includes typing a string of two more assigned letters. The string trigger means that you don’t have to remember a keyboard shortcut, …

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