Here’s an app that is so good it can help you to type faster, far faster, than you can actually type, and improve your accuracy. That’s right. Type faster, type better by using an app that does the work.
Time Is Money
The way I figure it, I have only so many keystrokes left in my body, so I’ve been trying to figure out how to get more done, but with less effort.
Enter the Keyboard Maestro app for the Mac. At a basic level, KM is a hot-key solution that performs specific tasks that would require many keystrokes, but uses just a few.
For example, instead of typing in your complete address– name, street name, city, state, zip– have Keyboard Maestro do it.
Assign a hot-key combo to the address and let the app do the typing. Think of Keyboard Maestro as a macro app on steroids or other performance enhancing pharmaceuticals.
Create a macro first, then assign it a hot-key combo to invoke. The macro can be a line, a paragraph, styled text, or anything else you normally type over and over again.
Then, press the hot-key combo and Keyboard Maestro enters the text automatically, impossibly fast, and with no errors.
Simple enough, right?
Create and organize and entire library of keyboard macros, or edit macros using the built-in macro editor.
That’s the good news. The even better news is all the bells and whistles included in Keyboard Maestro. For example, you can set up a macro which includes a click of the mouse on a dialog box.
Macros can be recorded as you type and assigned a hot-key combo and played back instantly. Type something once, never type it all again.
Keyboard Maestro can open and launch apps, display your macros is a floating library palette, execute almost any script, even resize and reposition app windows– automatically. There’s a lot going on in this app so I recommend you start with the basics and build a few macros to populate the Library.
Then, step-by-step, add more functions as needed (a bit of a learning curve for the more esoteric functions). In the end, you’ll be more productive, save time and fingers, and should be able to retired early to a south seas island (or to a job as a greeter at Walmart, fingers intact).