Hello everyone. I'm really excited about KM - literally discovered it last night and thinking about purchasing. I just have a question, what are the limits (if any) of using it to automate/mimic tasks that I do daily on the web? I mean, can I program it to open Chrome, go to my Wordpress website admin, login, and make changes to the site, all on its own? Or can I program this to login into my GoDaddy account, go into my cPanel admin, and create folders or run an installation?
Are these valid actions I can program using KM? Or is this mostly for on desktop-related actions mostly?
Thank you for your help. Look forward to hearing from you.
You might start with a simple task, such as "open Chrome, go to my Wordpress website admin, login".
If your Wordpress admin login has a specific URL, then it is very easy:
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I will add that since I got Keyboard Maestro I found many uses that I didn't anticipate. I use it for text expansions for example. That isn't recommended if you have a great number of them, but mine are small enough to cause me no problems. I am a very basic user. I just didn't have the time or need to up my game here vastly and I have no scripting or coding knowledge. The app though is worth its weight in gold for the handful of macros I use. That is a surprising aspect of the app and one that is sometimes obscured by power user forums and so on.
In fact all the ones I now use were not what I originally thought I would use Keyboard Maestro for I realized when I looked! Weird I know. Take care if you load my macros I am be no means a power user and I would take care with anything from me in case I have a glitch in it I am not aware of.
This is an example. It seems trivial it just moves the cursor via a keystroke instead of the usual way. But it is, for me, invaluable. It means I am mouse free while manipulating DEVONthink 3 and that matters to me in terms of time for actions I do over and over and over.
Other than this one I use palettes a lot and have various actions on Final Draft, a scriptwriting program, that is a bit old fashioned that again makes a lot of things available just from the keyboard, which matters to me a lot. This "move focus..." macro is idiosyncratic I know but makes Keyboard Maestro worth the cost in itself, not kidding. The palettes too. I can post one of them after this one if I can do it.
move focus to high left of screen mainly for DEVONthink 3 Macro (v9.0.5)
My own feeling is that Keyboard Maestro is so flexible that many users would basically have an unique app in a sense. Though I am not a tech whizz I do use, unusually for a newbie, if-then constructions and the dedicated action for that a lot. I was getting into regex as well but found I didn't need to. I am a fanboy obviously but this is an app I recommend without equivocation.
To be honest I have forgotten what I originally got Keyboard Maestro for. I think it was some kind of file manipulation that I no longer do or just do manually. So not only did I use it for unexpected thngs, I ONLY use it for the unexpected things! I had a lot of help from power users here I will confess. Peter himself. @JMichaelTX and @ccstone especially who are really very sharp coders I thnk and yet are patient with newbies and amateurs. I will take this opportunity to thank them. I am also going to recommend David Spark's Guide. I think I got one thing from it that was useful to me. But that made the price worth it. I really am pushing this point by the way on several fora at the moment regarding pricing. One has to look at it properly.
Here is my palette for Final Draft. I really suggest you try palettes, they are a much neglected feature and of real use to low tech users. I know you have scriping knowledge but palettes are easy, entry level stuff but really useful I find. I didn't anticipate but now I rely on them. This one takes care of changing views on Final Draft, which is industry standard scriptwriting program if you don't know about it, but needs a lot of 'mouse work'. The views menu is very important to me and I need to change them fast, this palette keeps me away from the mouse on the app for a good stretch and I find that really useful. Again alone worth the 40$ or whatever low price @peternlewis now charges for this powerful app.
It's the trivial macros that have the most impact because they get used so very often. Here are a few:
Shift/Delete deletes forward easily with one hand
Ctrl/Opt/Cmd and arrow keys toggle half and quarter screen displays
space/i/space automatically toggles correcting i to I
`/1 brings up a menu of all our email and physical addresses
`/2 types my main email address
`/3 types my wife's email address
Opt/= brings up the calculator. In Calculator I can do almost everything with one
finger while reciting the operations in my head. For example
3`4p5`6e performs 3.4 plus 5.6
Many macros inside my spreadsheet do things with one finger while reciting
qq executes cmd/tab to change the displayed app with one finger
I have not read the whole thread, just a few posts, and maybe the usable answer is already among the posts of this thread, but what e.g. vincent_ardern told you, made me a little bit angry because the thing is really sooo easy to achieve with Keyboard Maestro.
Long story short: send me the required data or the wanted task plan to perform your action and I'll create a macro and send you a screenshot of it.