Explore the User Interface

Before we start building shortcuts, let’s explore the user interface. First, find the Shortcuts app on your iPhone or iPad and tap its icon. Then we can explore the various areas of the app, and everything in them.

The Shortcuts Tabs

There are three tabs in Shortcuts, which you can switch among by tapping the icons at the bottom of the screen (Figure 1). First is My Shortcuts, which I, and others, sometimes refer to by its former name, the Shortcuts Library. The next tab is Automation, where you can configure shortcuts to run automatically. The final tab is Gallery, where you can download and install prebuilt shortcuts as well as create one-action shortcuts suggested by your apps.

Figure 1: The three panes in Shortcuts. ...

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