MacMost: Shortcuts

Creating Keyboard Shortcuts To Launch Apps
1/4/23
You can use the Shortcuts app to create very simple Shortcuts to launch apps. You can then assign a keyboard shortcut to that and now launch or switch to that app with a single key press. Add as many as you like for quick access to your most-used apps.
View Zip File Contents With a Shortcut on a Mac
11/29/22
While the Mac Finder handles zipping and unzipping files just fine, it fails to give you any way to see the contents of a ZIP file. You can use some Terminal commands to do this. Better still, you can use those Terminal commands in a Shortcut to make it easy.
How To Resize Photos With a Shortcut On Your iPhone or iPad
11/25/22
If you want to share a photo from your Photos Library or a file on your iPhone or iPad, you can use this Shortcut to resize it and convert it first. A very simple Shortcut can be used to do it for one photo, and a slightly more complex one can do it for multiple photos.
Using A Shortcut To Get Your Mac Ready For a Presentation
8/4/22
There are many things you may need to remember to do before starting an online or in-person presentation on your Mac. But creating your own custom Shortcut, you can avoid forgetting to do something like quit apps, set the volume, turn on a Focus mode and change your wallpaper. You can also have it launch your presentation or website automatically.
Creating Photo Collages and GIFs Using Mac Shortcuts
7/28/22
Learn how to use the Shortcuts app to make photo collages from the Photos app or files. You can also build animated GIFs for sharing, or videos.
Building a Mac Shortcut To Easily Generate QR Codes
7/20/22
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.
Building a Mac Shortcut To Add a Border And Caption To a Photo
7/19/22

Learn some Shortcuts programming by following along and building a Shortcut that adds a border and caption to a photo file and saves it as a new file.

Using Text Transformations and Building Your Own On a Mac
5/23/22
You can use default text transformations on your Mac to convert text to upper or lower case, or to capitalize every word. However, it is better to use styling in Pages. You can also create your own custom text transformation with Shortcuts.
Creating Shortcuts That Accept Voice Input
5/10/22
When creating Shortcuts for the Mac or iOS you can use voice input easily when you trigger the Shortcut with Siri.
Test Your Network Speed On a Mac
5/3/22
You can test your network speed on a Mac using speed test websites or a simple Terminal command in macOS Monterey. You can also easily put that Terminal command inside a Shortcut and then easily run a speed test from the Menu Bar any time you wish.
Using Shortcuts To Add Data To a Numbers Spreadsheet
4/21/22
A new action in Shortcuts for Mac allows you to add a row of data to a Numbers spreadsheet. You can prompt for information and then record a time and some data. Numbers version 12 is required. An older technique allows you to change existing data in a Numbers spreadsheet.
Inserting and Replacing Text With Shortcuts
4/4/22
You can use the Shortcuts app on your Mac to create quick text inserts or replacements. The Shortcut can prompt for text, let you choose from a list, or include the current date and time.
How To Center a Window On a Mac
1/24/22

There is no simple built-in command to center a window on a Mac. But you can use other techniques. Learn how to combine two window movements to center a window, or use scripted Shortcuts, or a third party app.

Setting Reminders Using Shortcuts On a Mac
1/6/22
You can use the Shortcuts app to make it easy to add new Reminders. This could come in handy if you often find yourself recreating the same reminders every day or week.
6 Ways To Sort a List On a Mac
12/3/21
If you have a list of items you need to sort, you can do it using what you have on your Mac or some free apps. Learn how to sort in Pages, Numbers, the Terminal, VIM, CotEditor and using a Shortcut.
macOS Shortcuts: Add a Watermark To an Image
11/30/21

Learn more about creating your own Shortcuts by following along with this watermark tutorial. Build a Shortcut that will add an overlay to an image file and save the file to the same location with a new name. This can be the basis for all sorts of image modification Shortcuts.

macOS Shortcuts: Capture Text From Your Screen
11/10/21

You can create a Shortcut that will allow you to capture a portion of your screen, and then the text from that image will be extracted and placed in the clipboard. This is useful where you can't normally select and copy text from websites and apps.

An Introduction To Shortcuts On The Mac
10/28/21
The new Shortcuts app in macOS Monterey introduces a whole new world of power automation to the Mac. You can build Shortcuts from actions that control your Mac and apps. Apple includes a gallery of sample Shortcuts for you to use and learn from. Making your own is easy for those with some programming experience.
Use a Shortcut To Change iPhone Settings Just For One App
3/5/21
You can create a personal automation in the Shortcuts app to change your iPhone settings when you launch an app, and then change them back when you exit. For example, you can increase the font size, but only for that app or a set of apps.
10 Quick and Easy iPhone Shortcuts
12/28/20
iPhone Shortcuts don't have to be long and complicated. Here are 10 one or two-action shortcuts that are easy to build and very useful. Also learn a good way to launch these from your Home screen.