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Microphone Enable/Disable with Alert – Keyboard Maestro Macro

In the past I’ve used Shush to achieve a push-to-talk or push-to-silence setup on my Mac. It works alright but more often than not I forget which mode I’m in, or whether I’m silenced or not. This leads to awkward

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Random Mouse Distance in Keyboard Maestro

Here’s one way to choose a random item in a select list using just mouse movements and a random number. If you’re trying to do this in a browser there are cleaner ways to do it (javascript, chrome/safari actions, etc.), but

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Use Keyboard Maestro to Hide Instead of Close an Application

I use SnagIt to capture screenshots. The editor window that appears after you capture takes a few seconds to open if the application isn’t running. I realized that, while the capture tools remain open, the editor goes away when I

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Keyboard Maestro “Insert text by pasting” Quick Tip

“Insert text by pasting” is faster than “Insert text by typing” (which is rarely necessary in my experience). Unfortunately, using the paste method results in unwanted junk in your clipboard (unless of course this is also your intention). You can insert by

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Automatic Dropshadow and Border on Mac OS X Screenshots

If you’re like me, you take lots of screenshots. I probably average 20 a day. Primarily I use CMD-SHIFT-4 and drag a box around what I want to capture. The result is exactly what I highlighted. Here’s an example: That

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Keyboard Maestro – Looping Through Each Line of the Clipboard

This graphic illustrates how you can loop through each line of the clipboard and use the line’s value for some purpose. It also demonstrates how to handle the first line differently than the others. This is zero-based. The second time

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Detecting When You’re “Away” or “Back” in Your Keyboard Maestro Macros

Your Mac knows the last time you moved the mouse or pressed a keyboard key. We can use this information in Keyboard Maestro to perform actions based on whether we’ve “gone away” from or have “come back” to our computer. I’m using this

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Easy Dummy Text using Python Faker and Keyboard Maestro

Yet again I’ve found a great use for Keyboard Maestro. I’m a web developer and often have to create “filler” or “dummy” text during development. In the past I’ve used Alfred workflows, copy-and-paste, browser extensions, and more. I’ve recently come

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Keyboard Maestro URL Handler (KMLink) – Introduction and Basic Usage

Keyboard Maestro offers many ways to trigger macros, but unfortunately there isn’t a URL handler that lets you trigger macros via a URL. There are a number of keyboardmaestro://  URLs handled by the built-in url scheme, but executing a macro isn’t an

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Trigger a Keyboard Maestro Macro with a Finder Shortcut / Icon

Using the Keyboard Maestro URL Handler (KMLink), you can create clickable shortcuts that you can use in Finder to trigger KM macros. Why would this be helpful? I have a macro that synchronizes my tracked time between two different applications. I wanted

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