Building a Mac Shortcut To Easily Generate QR Codes

You can use the Shortcuts app to make QR codes that link to web pages. Once you have a Shortcut, you can easily reuse it to share a QR code, save it as an image, or even just copy to the clipboard to paste into a document you are working on.

Comments: 11 Responses to “Building a Mac Shortcut To Easily Generate QR Codes”

    nick
    4 months ago

    Great video Gary, thanks.Just so happens we're making flyers for a volunteer organization so this couldn't have come at a better time !! Always amazed at how user-friendly the Mac environment is.

    lauren eisen
    4 months ago

    love this! thank you gary

    nick
    4 months ago

    Gary: just fyi when I control-click to select the Name for the Saved File, my context menu shows "Select Magic Variable", maybe a difference based on OS version? I'm running 12.4

    Doug Rogers
    4 months ago

    Hey, Thanks. Everything below getting the frontmost page details works. "Get current webpage from Safari" balks and doesn't link to or pass anything below it. :-(

    Cyrus Dubash
    4 months ago

    Thanks for this Gary I tried creating a shortcut from my contact that is saved in my phone so I can easily share it with people. But only the first name shows up after the QR code is scanned.

    How do I generate a QR code for my Contact?

    thanks

    4 months ago

    Cyrus: Not sure what you did to create the QR code, but I don't think you can do that in Shortcuts. QR codes usually just go to a web URL or show some text. So maybe have the QR code go to a page on your website with your contact info?

    Roger Bird
    4 months ago

    Hi Gary,
    I only seem to be able to get the Shortcuts App for Iphone or Ipad. Is there an App for Mac as you seem to be using or am I thick!!!

    4 months ago

    Roger: Yes, the Shortcuts app was introduced with macOS Monterey.

    Phyllis Capanna
    4 months ago

    Another resource to explore! How did you get the Shortcuts app icon onto your menu bar up top??

    4 months ago

    Phyllis: In at least one Shortcut, have the setting "Pin In Menu Bar" turned on.

    JL
    3 months ago

    Hi Cyrus! I know this is late, but I found this on the Apple forum, just look up "Make QR Code" in the Shortcuts Gallery, run it and select "Add Contact", then select your contact information. It will generate the QR code.

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