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Can I Use Automator To Record Then Play Back a Series Of Keystrokes?

One of many examples: When in Numbers, I want to edit a cell, decrease indent level on the contents of the cell, then press Enter, then the Down Arrow to move to the next cell. Can I use Automator to record this keystroke series?

By the way, this example is fictitious. My question is really about whether Automator can be used to record / playback keystrokes, not about how to remove indents in cells.


Comments: 3 Responses to “Can I Use Automator To Record Then Play Back a Series Of Keystrokes?”

    10 months ago

    Yes. You can use the Record controls at the top right corner of the Automator window to do it. I have a very old video on the subject.

    Warning: It is very frustrating to use. I would suggest sticking to keyboard commands when possible instead of cursor clicks. And you sometimes need to adjust the wait times between commands when you are done recording.

    I wish I knew what you were really trying to do, as maybe I could suggest an alternative. But play around with recording in Automator to see if it works for your task.

    10 months ago

    Thank you Gary. It’s hard for me to be more specific. I do a lot of editing (for other people) in Pages, Numbers and other, non-Apple applications. From time to time, I find myself doing repetitive tasks where keystroke macros would be helpful. Each case is different, so I’m looking for something that makes it easy to create macros, run them a number of times, then discard them. I’ll give Automator a try. Any suggestions on third-party apps that might do a better job?

    10 months ago

    PJ: is the one that comes to mind. I don’t use it myself, but I see it mentioned a lot.

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