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Apple surprised all of us when it finally implemented Shortcuts to Mac with the latest macOS Monterey software update. It took the company long enough, but now you can use, create, and update your shortcuts from Mac. The best part is that they’ll also be available on your iPhone and iPad.
Still, some shortcuts work best on your Mac and take it to the next level. From batch adding reminders to shortcuts that give you Shakespeare-type insults, there’s a little bit of everything for everyone.
How to Install These Shortcuts on Your Mac
Installing Shortcuts on your iPhone is one thing, but I’d understand if you’d think twice before installing something on your computer. That’s why you’ll be able to look for these shortcuts in the Shortcuts app. This way, you know they’re secure. But how do you do that? It’s easy; you just need to follow these steps:
- Open the Shortcuts app on your Mac.
- On the left-side menu, click Gallery.
- Use the search bar on the top right corner of the Shortcuts window to search for the name of these shortcuts.
- Once you find the shortcut, click the plus icon (+) on the top right side of the shortcut.
That’s it. Remember that if you don’t have the left sidebar available, click the show sidebar button on the top left corner of the window. Now, you can enjoy the following 16 shortcuts.
16. Check Spelling
Whether you’re a student, a writer, or just use your Mac to chat, having good grammar and spelling is always impressive. Of course, you can use special software to check your grammar, but you can also use a shortcut. And that’s what Check Spelling is for.
15. Split Screen 2 Apps
Using the Split Screen on your Mac is pretty straightforward, but this Split Screen shortcut makes it even easier. You can just run the shortcut, and you’ll immediately open the two apps you want to use. You’ll need to set it up the first time you install it. But after that, all you’ll need to do is open it, and the shortcut will do the rest.
14. Reading Mode
Reading Mode is a pretty self-explanatory shortcut. Running this shortcut will turn your Mac into the best reading machine you have. When you use this shortcut, you’ll trigger Do Not Disturb. And when you open your favorite reading app, your favorite reading playlist will start playing. What else could you ask for?
13. Tweet Link and Title
Speaking of reading, if you’re reading an amazing article from your favorite tech website and want to share it, you can use this shortcut to automatically paste the link and the title of the web page on a tweet to share it with your followers.
12. Batch Add Reminders
This is a pretty cool shortcut if you constantly forget about things you need to get done. Once you run this shortcut, you’ll be able to write multiple reminders at once. Each line you write will automatically create a new shortcut.
11. Search List on Google
If you’re always surfing the web or need to do extensive research, this Search List on Google shortcut is the tool for you. You can write as many lines as you want, and the shortcut will open Google a new tab for each one.
10. Convert Photos to GIF
You probably already know what this shortcut does just by the name. When you run it, you can grab multiple pictures from your gallery, and they’ll turn into a GIF that you can share from your computer.
9. Video to GIF
If pictures aren’t enough for you, you can also run this shortcut to turn any video in your gallery into a GIF. Perfect for immortalizing your friends’ embarrassing moments caught on camera.
8. Make PDF
Speaking of obvious shortcuts, Make PDF will let you, well, make PDF files. It’s a little more complex than that, though. You’ll be able to turn many files into PDF files. You can even turn Safari web pages into PDF.
7. Shakespeare Insult Generator
Not every shortcut is going to turn you into a productivity machine. Some shortcuts are meant to be fun, like this Shakespeare Instal Generator. You run it, and you’ll get a Shakespeare insult you can copy and send to someone. It’s not much, but at least you’ll up your insult game.
6. Find Emails on Webpage
If you’re looking for clients or people to contact, this shortcut is going to become your new best friend. This shortcut will analyze a webpage and retrieve all the email addresses it can find. It’s perfect for cold pitching emails.
5. Dictate and Share
It doesn’t matter how fast you type; there will always be times you don’t feel like typing on your Mac. And that’s what this shortcut is for. All you need to do is click on it, and you’ll be able to dictate to your Mac whatever you want to write without lifting a finger. And then you can easily share it with other apps like Mail.
4. Turn Text into Audio
On the other hand, if you don’t feel like reading, you can use this shortcut that makes your Mac read it for you. This is perfect for reading your notes or for finding mistakes in your homework without proofreading it.
3. Shazam Shortcut
The name says it all. This is an easy way to figure out which song is playing with a single click. Thanks to the Shazam shortcut, you can quickly find the name of any song and play it instantly on Apple Music. Plus, you can also share it with your friends.
2. How Many Days Until
The holidays are coming, but you don’t have to count the days anymore. You can make your Mac do it for you. All you need to do is enter the day you’re waiting for, and then you’ll know how many months, days, and hours are left. It’s great if you’re having a hard time remembering your anniversary.
1. Remind Me at Home
This is an awesome shortcut for us forgetful people. All you need to do is enter what you want your Mac to remind you of, and then you’ll receive an alert when you’re home. You can also search for the remind me at work shortcut to ensure you’ll never forget anything again.