The Mac has half a dozen or so utilities which can customize hotkeys and give you keyboard shortcuts.
Near the top on my list is Keyboard Maestro which adds a whole new dimension to keyboard shortcuts. What this cool app does is let you attach specific actions to a hotkey combo. Hit the combo on your keyboard and stuff happens. Even better, you can get all geeky on your bad self by customizing each hotkey combo and make it do what you want.
At a basic level, Keyboard Maestro lets you enter boilerplate text without typing. Assign a phrase or address or paragraph to a hotkey combo, and all that text gets typed when you invoke the hotkeys.
Keyboard Maestro also has a Macrorecorder. That means it records your keyboard and mouse click actions, and then plays them back. You’re no longer limited to having text appear on screen, but you can automatically jump between applications, open apps or files, fill in data, and capture your Mac’s clipboard entries for later use.
All this glamorous utility comes with a price. Keyboard Maestro requires time, effort, and thought to setup and use.
I recommend that you start using Keyboard Maestro by setting up two or three simpley hotkeys, each with drop in text, or some kind of action (easily selectable within the setup).
Once you see how Keyboard Maestro works, you can create more macros and customize each one for tasks that are specific to how you use the Mac.
The macros can be complex and feature multiple actions within a sequence, each of which can have a trigger to make it work. It’ll type a string of text, yes, but does many more actions which can be executed whenever you want.
At the geekier end of the scale, Keyboard Maestro can perform specific calculations, act a launcher, control specific apps, switch from one action or app to another, depending on various conditions. This is almost like programming functionality into your Mac without having to learn to code.
If you’re serious about becoming a Mac power user, then you’ll need tools such as this which record actions, assign them to a trigger, and improve your productivity with just a few well-timed clicks.
The only negative I’ve encountered with Keyboard Maestro is the initial setup and usage. It can be a complex beast. And, a few, older Mac apps may not like your customized actions. Check out the Feature List to see triggers, actions, and other functions.