My wife, the capable teacher, mother, spouse, and Mac user, can remember more keyboard shortcuts than anyone I know. Mac or PC, keyboard shortcuts abound and can make you more productive and efficient. What do you need to get started? Shortcuts.
Faster Everything, Except…
Yes, friends and neighbors and fellow Mac users, keyboard shortcuts are a sure way to be faster and more efficient when using your Mac. With one caveat I’ll address in a few moments.
Shortcuts is a Mac app which lets you create keyboard shortcuts to perform frequently performed tasks.
Instead of moving your hand to the mouse or trackpad to find and launch an app, assign a keyboard shortcut in Shortcuts.
Assign a keyboard shortcut to different and often used URLs, or get all geeky on your bad self and use Shortcuts to run AppleScripts, OS X Unix shell scripts.
You can even use Shortcuts to control the Mac– volume, screen brightness, and more. Setting up Shortcuts is pretty simple, too.
Shortcuts can be setup for apps, of course, but also to open folders and files, perform various OS X system actions and more.
What if an application already uses a keyboard shortcut you’d like to apply in Shortcuts? The app is smart enough to know and will prompt you to create a different keystroke combo.
What’s the caveat?
This may be the difference between men and women, or the difference between geek and average Mac user, but I have difficulty remembering the keyboard shortcuts that I create. To help out Mac users like me who need the advantages of Shortcuts I’d like to see a quick prompter with a list of keyboard shortcuts I’ve created so I can remember what to type.
Shortcuts is a Mac App Store app but also features a free 15-day trial version from the developer.