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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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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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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Read Mac Automation Tips On Pocket and Flibpoard

Links to all of the blog posts for Mac Automation Tips appear on the @macautotips Twitter feed, but I also want to provide other ways for readers to access the content. If you’re prefer reading articles for this site on your iPad, there’s a few ways you can automate that process using IFTTT or the reader later apps, …

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Avoid Clicking, Clicking, and Clicking With Dwellclick

One of the most time consuming tasks when working on a computer is  constant mouse or trackpad clicking  to activate things. This why a powerful utility called DwellClick ($9.99) might be use to Mac power users. Working at the computer requires endless clicking of buttons, URL links, menu items, checklists, application icons, etc.. Some people don’t mind doing it, …

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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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GhostNote Automatically Changes Notes Based On Active Applications and Documents

Here’s a problem: I experienced an issue with applying styles in OmniOutliner, and I finally wrote the developers and asked them how to solve it. They quickly replied back and explained the issue and the solution. But wait, suppose I forget the solution two or three months from now when I happen to use the …

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