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Master Your Mac by Matt Cone

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Chapter 11. Automating Tasks with Macros

If there were a nerd merit badge for Mac mastery, the ability to create and use macros—automated workflows for doing work—would definitely be a requirement. Macros can save you time by automating tedious tasks, remove the possibility of human error when performing tasks, and—most importantly—make you look like a hero in the eyes of your friends (or your boss). In short, macros separate the experts from the beginners.

Not excited yet? Consider this: With Automator, you can drag and drop actions to build a sequential list of work to be performed by the applications on your Mac. You could use Automator to add images from your favorite websites to iPhoto, print a family directory from your contacts in Contacts, ...

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