One of the most underrated functions on a Mac is AppleScript, a mostly easy-to-use scripting language that’s built in to OS X. Every Mac has it.
What does AppleScript do? Almost anything. Mainly it adds user customizable functionality to and between apps on your Mac. Tens of thousands of AppleScripts are available, mostly free, for almost every action you can think of. Here are two ways to get to those scripts in a hurry.
Free, Almost Free, Always Easy
One of the first add-on utilities I install onto every new Mac is FastScripts. It’s an AppleScript management utility.
What do you get? Instant access to a library of AppleScripts with one click to the Mac’s Menubar.
FastScripts does not write AppleScripts for you. Instead, use it to execute or run AppleScripts or even OS X Unix shell scripts from within any Mac app.
Along with easy access to a collection of AppleScripts, FastScripts gives you an option for user-defined keyboard shortcuts for each script in the Menubar list.
One click to the Mac’s Menubar reveals the list of scripts in your collection, recent scripts, and keyboard shortcuts for the most used scripts.
FastScripts has a free-to-use option, too. It’s free to use for up to 10 keyboard shortcuts.
How does that compare to the built-in way to add AppleScripts to your Mac’s Menubar? You won’t get the keyboard shortcuts, but the AppleScript app has a way to put scripts into the Menubar, too.
Open Applications > Utilities and select AppleScript Editor. In the Editor’s Preferences you’ll see an option to Show Script Menu In Menubar.
Select that option and the built-in AppleScript selections appear in the Menubar icon. Those scripts are built-in to your Mac and available to view in the Mac’s system Library > Scripts folder.
Either way– FastScripts or AppleScript Editor– putting scripts into the Menubar is an easy and fruitful exercise to more productivity.