5 Mac apps for keyboard powerusers

Leo Vogel
1 min readSep 16, 2016


Here are five Mac apps I use to be more efficient. I recently discovered #5 so I’ll be working on integrating all of those shortcuts into my muscle memory.

When I don’t have these installed on the computer I’m using, my brain feels broken.

Work smarter, not harder.

Listed in order, from beginner to advanced:

1. Alfred: “Alfred is an award-winning app for Mac OS X which boosts your efficiency with hotkeys, keywords, text expansion and more. Search your Mac and the web, and be more productive with custom actions to control your Mac.”

2. Paste: Beautiful clipboard manager. Looks and feels like Apple built it into MacOS. “Stores everything you copy and extends your system clipboard capacity up to unlimited.”

3. TextExpander: “Imagine never typing the same email address, chunk of code, brand message, directions or data more than once. Store them in a snippet — a keyboard shortcut you create. Use them for yourself, share them with your team, update across all your devices.”

4. Keyboard Maestro: automation tool

5. BT Keybindings: manipulate text like a wizard



Leo Vogel

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