An Introduction To Using Mac Automator

Learn the basics of using Automator on your Mac to create workflows. Automator is a useful productivity tool but it can be intimidating for non-programmers. Learn how to use Actions to build Workflows to get things done. This is a basic introduction for those who have never used Automator before.

Comments: 9 Responses to “An Introduction To Using Mac Automator”

    Caro
    2 years ago

    Thanks, Gary. I’ve never used Automator (too intimidated!), but now I’m going to give it a go. And it’s so helpful to be reminded to have a look at what it’ll do and then choosing something to try, rather than dreaming up a notion and just hoping that Automator can do it. Great advice! Your tutorials are really empowering! 😃

    Bradley Smith
    2 years ago

    Great video. I’m going to give Automator a shot!

    Jeff Jay
    2 years ago

    Excellent video! I didn’t realize how helpful Automator could be.

    Seth Rosenblum
    2 years ago

    Thanks for another great video Gary. How are you getting the image size to show up below the file name on your desktop?

    2 years ago

    Seth: Click on the Desktop to select it. View, Show View Options. Then turn on Show Item Info.

    D. Sands
    2 years ago

    Thank you for this video. There are very few updated resources on Automator. Even Apple Support overlooks this app. Would the example you presented in this episode be modified to output 2 different size files? If you continue with this subject, I would like to see how to configure a workflow that schedules a daily compression and backup of a specified file to a backup folder.

    2 years ago

    D.: You could prompt for input and set the size based on that input. It would take some more work but if you keep experimenting in Automator you’ll eventually figure it out. Automator itself can’t schedule workflows to run. But you can create apps and then schedule them to run in Calendar. However for backing up files it is best to use Time Machine so everything is backed up.

    David G.
    2 years ago

    Gary, is this possible using Automator? From Mac A (El Capitan), log into Mac B (Mojave) (same house, same wi-fi network) and go directly to the sign in screen for Quicken for Mac? With proper permissions, of course.

    2 years ago

    David: I can’t think of a way to make that any easier using Safari, sorry.

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