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.
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.
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: