I’ve simplified the macro displayed below thanks to an exchange with the folks at Stairways Software and Keyboard Maestro over Twitter. Apparently, you can toggle a menu setting using the “|” key, that key that’s accessible with Shift-\.
In other words, it can look like this:
I think I’ve got some serious housekeeping to do in my Keyboard Maestro macros now.
Ok, so I think I have created my most meta macro yet. It is a key command to start and stop editing a keyboard macro in Keyboard Maestro. I’m not sure what I win, but I’m going to have extra chocolate now…
The Most Meta Keyboard Maestro macro
For extra credit, I started and stopped editing this macro itself several times.
DEVONthink’s Inbox is nicely set aside in the side bar:
However, there is no smooth process to get there by a key command. And golly-gosh-darn-it, I like my key commands. Let’s create a method to open the desired Inbox a new window. We’ll use our trusty Keyboard Maestro in this example, but you can use another custom keyboard program if desired as well.1
Use the contextual menu (Command-click) to add the desired Inbox to your favorites:
Doing so adds the Inbox to your menu – Menu > Go > Favorites > XXXX:
Now you can
Create a Keyboard Maestro macro to:
Open a new window
Open that window to the Inbox
I’ve since discovered, through the DEVONthink newsletter, that there is a free key command app called Custom Shortcuts made by Houdah Software, makers of HoudahSpot, which is another program I really like. Keyboard Maestro does a lot more than create key commands and can string two together like we did above. But you may want to give Custom Shortcuts a try and see if it’s your cup of tea. ↩︎
Both have their advantages. The Inbox holds all our deferred ideas for processing later. The Quick Entry just lets us add new things while keeping our other deferred ideas aside so we’re not distracted by them. Meanwhile, the Inbox can only be opened while using OmniFocus and Quick Entry can be opened from anywhere using a custom key command.
Sometimes, though, I’d like to get to my Inbox and its list of stuff from anywhere, too.
Enter Keyboard Maestro. I’m a huge fan of Keyboard Maestro as evidenced by the numerous posts I’ve written on its integration with OmniFocus. Check out the list below.
My friend, David Sparks, has just put out another one of his excellent Field Guides, this time specifically on learning and using Keyboard Maestro. (Please note, this may become an affiliate link. But also note, I think his field guides truly are quite solid.)
While watching it, I learned that I could use a combination of a key command and a trackpad stroke to make a combo. So, I’ve rigged a macro to take me to the Inbox by holding Control and swiping up. If you’re interested, this is what it looks like:
Here’s a set of other Keyboard Maestro posts on UsingOmniFocus.com: