Back then, years before the graphic user interface of Mac or Windows, we could customize the user experience with macros— a simple keyboard instruction which makes something else happen. Macros don’t get used as much any more because point and click is easy enough and gets the job done.
Modern desktop computing can be complicated and macros still have a place. Think of the simplest macro as the function keys on your Mac’s keyboard. Press the key and something happens. If you’d like to take function keys to the next level try SimpleKeys.
Any keyboard keystroke combo can be used to initiate a macro. For example, setup a macro with your name, address, city, state, phone number– information you would normally need to type every time.
Hit the assigned keyboard shortcut and SimpleKeys types out the macro.
SimpleKeys does more that simply type out text. It can join multiple actions to a single keyboard shortcut, execute AppleScripts, enter special characters or functions (the date, for example) automatically.
You can string macros together and have them pause and then start again after an individual action. SimpleKeys can open a URL, launch a file or application, and it’s easy to setup and use. Select the keyboard shortcut you want to use, add text or assign an action, and from then on hitting those keys does what you setup.
SimpleKeys is aptly named. It’s simple and it works well. If you really get into using macros in your Mac’s workflow, take a look at Keyboard Maestro. It costs more, but does much more.