In a text box, I can right click and select Transformations > Make Uppercase.

Is it possible to create my own text transformations? a super simplified example would be to wrap the selected text in parenthesis.

  • did you try anything like Automator service, a Apple Script ?
    – Ruskes
    Nov 6, 2014 at 18:13

2 Answers 2


Make an Automator service which accepts text and use the following AppleScript action:


on run {input}
    return "(" & (input as string) & ")"
end run

You can also create ~/Library/Keybindings/ and save a property list like this as ~/Library/Keybindings/DefaultKeyBinding.dict:

  // option-9 to wrap with parentheses
  "~9" = (setMark:, moveBackward:, insertText:, "(", swapWithMark:, moveForward:, moveForward:, insertText:, ")", moveBackward:);

Quit and reopen applications to apply the changes.

See http://osxnotes.net/keybindings.html or https://github.com/ttscoff/KeyBindings/blob/master/DefaultKeyBinding.dict for more examples.

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