Both Mac devices are easy enough to use, even for beginners and switchers from Windows. Anything you can do with the mouse or trackpad is done easier, faster, better with the keyboard. All you need is the right utility to become a Mac power user.
1,000 Features (but I didn’t count)
Here’s the deal. If you’re a hunt and peck typer, read no more. This app won’t help you much because you’re already struggling with the Mac’s keyboard.
If you’re a Mac user who wants to improve and become a more efficient user, be more productive, but don’t want to try out 20 different apps to get there, LaunchBar is for you.
Simple put, LaunchBar is a keyboard driven productivity app; a utility that gives you faster access and more control than what you get with mouse or trackpad.
With a few keystrokes you can open apps, documents, calendars, bookmarks, music, movies, contacts, and pretty much anything else.
I haven’t counted all 1,000 features, but from within a single keyboard activated interface you can manage files, search the web or your Mac, open apps, store multiple clipboards, calculate, and save a whole bunch of time.
Set it up this way.
LaunchBar’s preferences give you controls over the Mac’s appearance, keyboard shortcuts, assigned actions, the clipboard (which holds multiple clipped items) and much more.
The trick to using LaunchBar is keyboard shortcuts and actions. That means you can assign an action to a keyboard shortcut, including moving files, managing files and folders.
Checkout the List of Features but be prepared to be overwhelmed. It’s a stunning list of improved productivity options, and LaunchBar does all that, right from the keyboard. Of course, you’re not required to remember every keystroke combination and action.
Start with a few basic actions and keyboard shortcuts, then add to them as you become more comfortable using the keyboard rather than mouse or trackpad.
The list of what LaunchBar does is more intimidating than the actual usage, but suffice it to say that there’s little productivity gained from sticking with mouse or trackpad vs. usage of LaunchBar. It’s free to try for 30 days, but there’s also an extensive tutorial and an online video of what LaunchBar does.