GREAT IN MONTEREY

Be More Productive With Shortcuts

How Shortcuts on macOS makes your apps more efficient.

By letting you automate frequent or cumbersome tasks, Shortcuts has become a productivity favorite on iPhone and iPad. And with macOS Monterey, the feature has come to Mac.

Pre-fill a stock response in Mail, listen to your favorite playlist, or switch on your smart light bulbs. You can also automate across multiple apps to, say, batch-edit photos, send text from your writing app to your page-layout app, or launch every app and document you need to start your workday—and even choose the window arrangement.

The Gallery is filled with helpful shortcuts that are ready to run.

Best of all, your shortcuts are accessible everywhere, including in the Finder’s Quick Actions menu, via Spotlight search or keyboard shortcut, and, of course, by asking Siri.

To get started, launch the Shortcuts app in macOS Monterey. Then read on to learn how the experience has been optimized for Mac—and discover apps that let you use this useful new feature.

Get started with the Gallery

When you first launch the app, you’ll see your existing iPhone and iPad shortcuts—every shortcut syncs across your devices, no matter where you created it. Then check out the Gallery, where you can discover ready-to-use examples like Turn Text Into Audio (to make reading a hands-free experience) and Rename Files (to batch-rename multiple files by adding or replacing text). There are brand-new Mac-specific options too, such as Split Screen 2 Apps, which arranges your app windows for maximum multitasking.

Create and customize

Ready to create your own shortcut or tailor an existing one to your workflows? The editor has been redesigned from the ground up to feel right at home on Mac: Drag actions within a shortcut to reorder them, or drag a new action from the list on the right. Quick tip: The Next Action Suggestions feature (under Categories > Suggestions) helps you find the next building block of your shortcut, based on the blocks you’ve already added.

The editor shows potential actions to add to a shortcut.

Integrate Automator and AppleScript

It’s easy to convert your existing Automator workflows: Just drag one into the Shortcuts app! And the most popular Automator actions have been integrated into Shortcuts, including actions that run AppleScript and shell scripts.

Share your shortcuts

Sharing a shortcut is as easy as sending a link using the standard share button. And when you receive a link shared by someone else, simply follow the prompts to add that shortcut to your Mac.

Check out these Mac favorites that work with Shortcuts:

Work with text

    Craft - Docs and Notes Editor

    Edit Documents, Notes & Ideas

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    Ulysses | Writing App

    Write, note, journal

    VIEW

    Bear

    Private Markdown Notes

    VIEW

    Drafts

    Where text starts

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    Noted․

    Bring notes and audio together

    VIEW

    Taio - Markdown & Text Actions

    Ultimate text processing app

    VIEW

    LookUp: English dictionary

    Learn a new word every day

    VIEW

Be creative

    Pixelmator Pro

    Pro image editing for everyone

    VIEW

    Darkroom: Photo & Video Editor

    Video, Portrait, & RAW Photos

    VIEW

    forScore

    Turbocharge your sheet music

    VIEW

    Claquette - GIF & Video Tool

    Capture, Edit & Convert Video

    VIEW

Boost your productivity

    Things 3

    Organize your life

    VIEW

    Airmail 5

    Lightning Fast Mail Client

    VIEW

    OmniFocus 3

    Accomplish More Every Day

    VIEW

    PCalc

    The Best Calculator

    VIEW

    OmniGraffle 7

    Graphics & Design

    VIEW

    OmniOutliner 5

    Think, write, do.

    VIEW

    Tasks: Reminders & To-Do List

    Plan Projects & Remind Habits

    VIEW

    Planny 6 - Daily To Do List

    Plan tasks and lists

    VIEW

    PDF Squeezer 4

    Compressing PDF Files Quickly

    VIEW

    Diagrams

    Diagram & Flowchart Editor

    VIEW

    OmniPlan 4

    Powerful project management

    VIEW

    Yoink - Improved Drag and Drop

    Your File and Snippet Shelf

    VIEW

Master your schedule

    Fantastical - Calendar & Tasks

    Plan your day perfectly

    VIEW

    Orbit: Time-based Invoicing

    Track time & send invoices

    VIEW

    TickTick:To-Do List, Calendar

    Planner, Reminders & Habit

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    Tyme 3 - Time tracking

    Powerful Time Keeping

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    Timery for Toggl

    Easy time tracking with Toggl

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    Focus - Time Management

    Work in Intervals

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    Session - Pomodoro Focus Timer

    Keep track time, study & work

    VIEW

    Crew Messaging and Scheduling

    Team chat + schedule planner

    VIEW

Stay in the know

    Reeder 5.

    News Reader.

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    Fiery Feeds

    A feed reader for power users

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    GoodLinks

    Save links, read later.

    VIEW

    lire

    Full-text RSS

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    An Otter RSS Reader

    An okay minimalistic RSS app

    VIEW

    Pins for Pinboard

    Modern Pinboard app for 2021

    VIEW

    MusicHarbor - Track New Music

    Find releases, concerts & news

    VIEW

Manage your life

    Grocery - Smart Shopping List

    Plan, shop, cook, repeat

    VIEW

    Streaks®

    The habit-forming to-do list

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    Dark Noise

    White noise, refined.

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    WaterMinder

    Daily Water Reminder & Tracker

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    CardPointers: Maximize Rewards

    Credit card & cashback manager

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Manage your Mac

    Mirror Magnet

    Desktop Camera Viewer

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    HazeOver • Distraction Dimmer™

    Focus and reduce visual noise

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    Transloader

    Manage downloads remotely

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    Network Radar

    Scan and monitors your network

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Helpful tools

    Kaleidoscope 3

    Spot and merge differences

    VIEW

    Codye

    Present your code

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    Morpho Converter

    Unit and currency conversions

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    Dice by PCalc

    The Best Random Numbers

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