Create keyboard shortcuts to launch applications on macOS

Many users do not realize what a vast possibilities provides such a powerful tool like Automator. At first glance, the program is quite complex to learn, but understand, you can see that the control is pretty intuitive and clear.

A big plus is that to create a script in Automator does not require knowledge of programming languages, because all actions are performed in a graphical environment. In this article we will examine the process of creating keyboard shortcuts to run specific applications.

What does it do?

For example, to run the required applications when in full screen mode. Moreover, start using hotkeys is much faster than any other way.

Let’s get started. The first thing you need to create an action in Automator.

  1. Launch the Finder Application and find there the Automator.
  2. When you run the program, we will offer a choice of several scenarios for further work. Select “Service”.
  3. After creation in the right window find the “Service receives selected”. The drop-down list: < no input>
  4. In the group where the specified usage scenarios, choose “Start a program”.
  5. The right side will appear a new scenario, select the desired program.
  6. Save the service File –> Save. Specify the name of the service (any, but preferably save it as “Launch iTunes” for convenience).

All the necessary actions we performed, Automator can be closed. The next step is assign hot keys to launch.

Now that all preparations are completed, it remains the case for small — to assign a combination of:

  1. Run System settings -> Keyboard -> shortcuts. Here we choose the sidebar “Services”.
  2. In this list we find “Basic”. In this section you will our service.
  3. Assign a key combination that will run our application. It is very important to specify a combination that is not already used by other applications.

Try our shortcut, if done correctly — should launch our app, which we have appointed.

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