Combine several commands=macro - how?

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Re: Combine several commands=macro - how?

Post by Stephen Hart » Thu Jul 09, 2015 2:28 pm

When my grandson showed me how to do FIND and REPLACE (find tabs and replace with space) after the table had become text, he could at first not do it because hitting a tab key for FIND makes the cursor jump immediately to the next line for REPLACE.
He then found in my text converted from table an example of "tab", copied it and inserted that copy under FIND with a space under REPLACE. Then hit REPLACE ALL and it worked.
Go to the Advanced tab, then use the Insert dropdown and choose tab. (Because, as you found out, tab is an action character in this dialog box.)


(It took me a little longer to answer this because I went to check Pages '09 and it said a file was missing and I needed to reinstall. I have no clue why. Thank goodness I still have the install DVD. But I don't have a SuperDrive, so I had to get the external SuperDrive from my wife's iMac. Another pause for a little dropping accident I won't detail, :o then a 10 minute wait to reinstall and all is well. :) )
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Re: Combine several commands=macro - how?

Post by Stephen Hart » Sun Dec 10, 2017 10:49 am

As in this thread, I've suggested Keyboard Maestro for some time. Thought it has scripting capability and can hook into more powerful scripting applications, I mostly use it for simple macros. I've always found it easier to use than Automator.
Thought I have several macros that combine several steps, I also find the palette feature very useful. KM allows you to make palettes for any app (or several apps) with as many commands as you like. This is fantastic for making it easy to find note files specific to certain apps, etc. With a palette you don't have to remember a key command for a shortcut, or even that you made the shortcut. I also have an extensive list of macros that merely insert scientific names, which is very useful for me in Aperture to label photos. In this case (below) a macro on a smallish palette brings up another palette. You can also see in this screenshot another trick: add the assigned keyboard shortcut to the name of a macro so you can learn the keyboard shortcut.

Here's a review of the current version:
http://appleinsider.com/articles/17/12/ ... n-your-mac
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