How to Automate Mac Tasks While Typing

Keyboard Maestro provides over a dozen ways to trigger a macro (automation). One of my favorites is the string trigger option, because it actually enables you to trigger an action as you type, without having to lift your fingers to type a keyboard shortcut. A string trigger consists of typing two or more keyboard letters assigned …

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HistoryHound: the Automatic Bookmarking Mac Application Every Writer Should Own

HistoryHound is among the ten applications I keep opened in my Dock, because I know that it’s always working in the background to index every webpage I visit. I don’t view HistoryHound everyday, but it has saved me lots of time and frustration in searching webpages I’ve previously visited. And when I’m conducting web searches for a …

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Get the Mac OS X Version Number From Within Any Application

When you need the version number of the current Mac operating system, Keyboard Maestro can display it, save it to the clipboard, or directly paste it an application for you, so you don’t have to click on Apple > About This Mac to get it. 1. To create this macro, use the Execute AppleScript action. Copy and paste …

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Start Automating Your Mac Tasks and Shortcuts With Keyboard Maestro

The best program I recommend for automating nearly any task on your Mac is Keyboard Maestro. Keyboard Maestro is available for a free 30-day download, which provides lots of time for learning the program and creating dozens of automations. Once you learn what KM can do for computer workflow, you’ll never want to be without it. This article is …

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13 Sample Click-Saving Multi-touch Finger Gesture Actions Using BetterTouchTool for Mac

The multi-touch finger gesture application, BetterTouchTool application has over a hundred built-in actions for navigating tasks on your Mac. Unlike Apple’s multi gesture features, BTT allows you to choose from dozens of finger gestures, including single, two, three, four, and five-finger touch pad gestures that you can assign to actions. You can assign gestures globally or to single applications. The following …

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Seven Other BTT Features for Making Finger Gesture Actions More Powerful

This week’s focus on Mac Automation Tips is about using the power of multi-touch finger gesture actions in BetterTouchTool  (Free). If you’re new to program, there’s several features you might not yet be aware of. BTT is such a powerful trackpad and Magic Mouse program that it should remain in your dock, because once you know how to …

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For Your Viewing Pleasure: Every BetterTouchTool Built-in Action

The finger gesture application, BetterTouchTool has hundreds of built-in actions that are based the type of tasks and actions you perform on your Mac everyday. While many of the actions you create in BTT will be ones for activating menu bar shortcuts, the built-in actions provide a range of other actions that don’t have keyboard shortcuts.   It’s difficult to see the …

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How Much Do You Use Mac Automation?

As I develop this site, it will also be useful to know how experienced readers of this site are with general Mac automation programs. Please take the survey below  to let me know your level of experience with Mac automation programs.  You need only choose one answer. Thank you for your feedback. And please also subscribe to …

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Speed Up Your Mac Workflow with BetterTouchTool

If you don’t like remembering or using keyboard shortcuts, the finger gesture application, BetterTouchTool (Free!) is the best solution for putting literally hundreds of Mac related tasks at your finger tips. Back in 2011 I created a demo video about using BetterTouchTool, and though there have been numerous updates to the application since, the basic features are still the same. BetterTouchTool allows …

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Trackpad or Mouse: Which Do You Use on Your Mac?

For the purposes of developing this site, I’m curious about which device, trackpad or mouse, Mac users and readers of this site use. Personally, I use a trackpad, because it feels faster than a mouse, and it seems to work better with one of my favorite automation applications, BetterTouchTool. Please also share in the comments section …

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