How to launch an app with a keyboard shortcut on Mac

MacBook keyboard - Contacts app keyboard shortcuts

If you’re always interested in ways to perform tedious tasks faster on your Mac, then how about a keyboard shortcut to open an app?

To quickly open an app, you can add an icon to your Dock, but maybe your Dock is too cluttered already. And some items can be placed in your Mac Control Center or menu bar. But maybe the app you want to use isn’t available in those spots.

Here, we’ll show you how to create a keyboard shortcut that launches an app on your Mac using Automator.

How to schedule an email in the Mac Mail app with Automator

Schedule Mail in Automator on Mac

While it seems like a simple request, many of us are still waiting for a "send later" feature in the Mail app. Having the ability to compose your email and schedule a time for it to be sent is wonderful for both business emails and personal ones.

For work, you might be diligent about managing your time and work on emails at a specific time each day. So writing them up and scheduling a time to send them is not just convenient, but essential. For personal emails, you might create messages for birthdays, anniversaries, or other occasions ahead of time. Being able to schedule those keeps you from forgetting to send them when the time comes.

Until Apple adds a feature to Mail that lets us send emails later, you have a few options. The one we’ll show you here is how to use Automator on Mac to schedule Mail.

Keyboard shortcuts for Automator on Mac

MacBook keyboard light bulb-Automator keyboard shortcuts

Automator on Mac is a terrific tool for creating workflows, applications, and other automations that can speed up tasks and make life easier.

So that you can focus more on your creations and less on navigating and performing actions, check out this list of keyboard shortcuts for Automator on Mac.

How to speed up tasks with Automator and Calendar Alarms on Mac

Create New Automator Calendar Alarm

Automating tasks is a terrific way to get things done faster. One thing you can do is set your Mac Calendar to automatically open a file for you when an event starts. And you can do this right in the Calendar app itself. But what if you want to open an app for taking notes, add a reminder to your list, or to start your day quicker?

We’ll show you some handy ways to use the Calendar Alarms feature in Mac Automator to speed up those types of tasks.

3 ways to create a screen saver shortcut on Mac

Mac Screen Saver Relfections Landscape

If you’re going to walk away from your Mac for a minute, you might want to start your screen saver. You may not want to lock your computer or put it to sleep but just display your screen saver instead.

There are three quick and easy ways to create a shortcut to start your screen saver, and we’ll walk you through each one.

How to create your own Mac Finder Quick Actions

Mac Finder Quick Actions and More

If you’ve never used Quick Actions in Finder on your Mac, these are handy tools below the preview pane in the Finder window. You can perform actions quickly, as the name describes, and save some time. For example, you can rotate an image or create a PDF with just a click.

While you have some basic Quick Actions, which depend on if you select a folder, file, video, or image, you can customize these actions by creating your own. This lets you create the types of Quick Actions you’ll use most and have them at your fingertips.

So if you’re ready, here’s how to create your own Mac Finder Quick Actions.

10 cool things you can do with Automator on Mac

Mac Automator Rename Files

The Automator tool on Mac might be intimidating to some users, but it can be a very handy app. You can create automated workflows, actions, or applications that help you perform tedious tasks. Along with that, there are some tasks you can do with it that are just plain neat.

Here are 10 cool things you can do with Mac Automator.