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Questions tagged [productivity]

We define productivity as something that helps us as humans use our technology better, especially if it involves automation or integration of stand alone tools.

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Is there a way to select text squarely or vertically (not just in Preview)?

I want to select text in the browser that is grouped in columns, it would be useful to be able to just select text (or objects) in a certain column, but selection is done horizontally only. I know ...
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How to tile floating windows

In the application I write in (Ableton Live), there are always several floating windows open. ("Floating" in the OSX sense: ^F6 toggles through them). I use them so often that I need a way to tile ...
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Native way to speed up/remove desktop switching animations

I want a native (and therefore free) way to speed up a specific animation. My research covers these questions and links on this that have gone unsolved for High Sierra and no answers there cover this ...
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Is there an app that could create a daily checklist from a template?

I'm looking for an app that could automate some of my routines at work. Each working day I start with checking emails, new issues in bugtrack, cup of coffee and etc. Some of the work requires step ...
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A pomodoro app, but aligned to hours

What I'm looking for: a simple iOS and/or macOS app that would notify me at 10:00 to start working, and 10:55 to take a 5-minute break, and so on, until 19:00, for example. Usual pomodoro timers can'...
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How to name Safari windows?

I usually work with multiple Safari windows open. Each has multiple tabs. Each window is a particular theme. Is there a way to name these windows so I can easily navigate between them? Or is there an ...
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How to copy one Photo to two folders in one copy operation?

I would like to achieve the following: When I copy one photo into Folder A, I want to the same photo to be copied to folder B. So what I want to do basically is to copy a photo to two folders with ...
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How can I efficiently use Web apps on my Mac?

I find that Web apps slow down my workflow a lot. If I leave browsers open I accumulate lots of unused tabs that slow things down a lot, and new tabs launch in old subject-specific browser windows. ...
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How to Backup Email on Apple Mail?

I am new to this Mac world and on the first day of my new job my boss gave me a tedious task to Backup Emails on Apple Mail. Basically, there are 3 email ids, and these are our support email database. ...
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Large text selection doesn't work

In macOS, one can select text quickly and precisely using shortcuts. Pressing SHIFT and the arrow keys will select one character at a time (← →) or one line (↑, ↓) at a time. And pressing ALT and ...
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Stickies and Notifications center hybrid

The notifications center is always just a swipe away, but I never use it. Stickies on the contrary I use them a lot, but I cannot easily have them on all desktops, hidden when I don't need them. It ...
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Apple Mail - block incoming mail at certain hours

The question kind of speaks for itself. I want to find a handy way to block new mail from coming in, to avoid distractions. I was thinking of creating a cronjob that enables and disables firewall ...
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Auto-completing words in any program

I am looking for a program running on Mac OS X that allows the user to auto-complete words in any program. For example, if the user types soft, the program could suggest software or soften in a ...
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Terminal: map super/command key in stty

I want to remap terminal shortcuts (In particular, I want to remap INTR from CTRL+C to Command+C) in Terminal. So these are my current stty bindings $ stty -a speed 38400 baud; 38 rows; 179 columns; ...
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Is there a way in Terminal to highlight the row under the cursor?

I need to read a long row of output in Terminal and was wondering if there is a way to have the whole row where the mouse cursor is positioned highlighted. Alternatively, would there be a way to ...
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is it possible on a mac to quicky see the desktop along with the last active window?

Many times, I feel the need to keep the current window open while having access to the desktop. A good scenario to picture where this could be handy is this: Say, you are on a web page and you want ...
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Selective Backup in Apple Mail Email Client

I have an IMAP Gmail account which I have logged in through Apple Mail email client on my Mac book pro. I have sorted out some important emails and made a separate folder for those emails. Is it ...
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Revert archived files to specified locations like Downloads, Documents and Desktop

I'm working on two projects, let's call them Project1 and Project2. This week I'll be working on Project1. The files of Project1 on which I'll be working are stored at different place on my PC - ...
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Alarm clock OS X with automator and password on wake up

As there is no built in alarm clock in OS X, like in IOS, is there any way to set alarm clock via automator (playlist in iTunes), when Mac is in sleep mode and login password is required?
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solution to easily embed skim notes doesn't work

My question is directly linked to the thread Make Skim save PDF's with embedded notes by default What if the proposed solution (https://apple.stackexchange.com/a/166794/180243) doesn't help? As ...
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Creating whitelist of few websites from Terminal

I want to block all websites except one or two websites (white list) while working for 'productivity' purposes (when I am working only). I know how to block individual websites as shown here http://...
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PDF reader that refreshes at updates and stays put

I am looking for a pdf reader which refreshes when the pdf is updated, while staying (roughly) at the same page it was before the refresh. Adobe and Foxit don't refresh. Preview does refresh, but ...
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Enabling/disabling applications based on a “profile” in Mac OS X?

Is there a tool built-in or third party that allows me to turn start up or shut down applications based on setting that I choose for a give time? For example, I usually run Dropbox, Google Drive, and ...
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How can I de-folderize the contents of a folder?

Is it possible - without any command line or programming being involved - to remove all folders within a folder, and just leave the files? For example, if I processed this photo folder: Then I would ...
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How can I “automatically” get a reminder that day is done?

I many times forget time and stay long hours in the office. Is there any kind of app that would automatically set a reminder when computer starts + X hours passed? Now I try to set a reminder (native ...
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Can you save a work session and reopen it later?

Imagine you are working on a book, for which you need 5 precise internet tabs/pages to be open at the same time, Apple Pages, Dictionary, and, I don't know, a classical music CD in iTunes that ...
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Unlock delay for iPhone 6

So I waste too much time on my phone. Checking Facebook and Twitter, browsing to read unproductive things, etc. I should just stop, but I'm curious if there is a technological deterrent to my habit. ...
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How to switch between multiple fullscreen windows of same application in OS X? [duplicate]

When I'm running several instances of the same app (might be Chrome separate windows, or several IntelliJ projects) in fullscreen mode, I can't navigate to concrete app using ⌘-Tab, it will just show ...
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Is there an Alfred Workflow to install and view Alfred workflows?

I want a workflow like the cask / brew workflow for Alfred workflows. Does this already exists? e.g. auto completion, viewing and installing and removing right from alfred instead of searching google ...
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Step-by-step checklist for iOS

I am looking for an app that works on the Mac as well as on the iPad. At work we have daily tasks that do not occur on a set schedule (aka they are on an as needed basis). This app would allow us to ...
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How can I disable all stack exhange sites except stackoverflow.com?

How can I set SelfControl to only accept visits to stackoverflow.com, but none of the other sites on the stack exchange network? I want to become more productive, but the clickbait with abusive bosses,...
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RedQuits (or alternative) on Mac OS X 10.10

I have installed RedQuits on Mac OS X 10.10 (Yosemite). Unfortunately, it is not working at all. I have made sure that RedQuits has access to System Preferences > Security & Privacy > Privacy >...
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App for collecting (and categorizing) stuff from the web

I've looked high and low and I'm surprised I haven't found exactly what I'm looking for; it seems like such a common task. I just want an iPhone app to rapidly clip stuff from web pages. My first ...
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Saving, Switching between window arrangements?

Repeating series of actions := productivity lost. Is there a way I can arrange, and save for later loading, an arbitrary arrangement of open programs, closed programs, and arrangement of windows? ...
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Markdown editor with folders as local libraries

I need beautiful editor that can 'import' more then one local folders as libraries. This would let me search files only from these folders/libraries. But the crucial thing is to have local folders ...
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Automatically opening multiple Apps / TABs for certain projects

I'm trying to improve my workflow when working on certain projects. Depending on what kind of work I'm doing, I'll want certain apps open with certain configurations. Example: For a web development ...
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Add feature to SelfControl software : choose network interface to block

SelfControl is an open source software to block Internet connection for a time period. However, it blocks connection from ALL network interfaces. I'm looking for someone that would like to add a ...
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Producing music on MacBook Pro and MacBook Air

I am curious whether my MBA or MBP would be suitable for my creative purposes. I like writing music. Now I have a slow but stable laptop with Ubuntu 13.10 installed. I've set up JACK, Ardour ...
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OSX app to notify me when I could have used a KB shortcut instead?

I started using a MBA for my work machine about a year ago. I'm still not really able to remember the typical keyboard shortcuts, and tend to do things the "long way". For example, if I want to access ...
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Highlight sentence feature with text-to-speech

Up to now, text-to-speech (TTS) combined with highlighting sentences is by far the best way I found to read fast and at the same time very relaxed. I need an application or browser extension that ...
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Triggers on specifc applications in Keyboard Maestro

How can I tell Keyboard Maestro to only enable a given trigger (e.g. a hot key) when a specific application is active? For example, I would like a specific macro/hotkey that pastes without formatting ...
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Emacs key bindings on other programs

I am a heavy Emacs user and would love to have some of my Emacs keyboard bindings when editing text on other apps. I understand I could program these macros with Keyboard Maestro manually, but I was ...
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App for Blocking Website in Safari (For Productivity Purposes)

Are there any apps on OS X that can block certain websites ('time-wasting ones') for a certain interval? Preferably works for Safari.
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How to save sent messages in Outlook to the same folder as message being replied to?

If I am replying to an email in Folder "TEST", how do I get a reply to automatically go to the Folder "TEST" as opposed to the Sent folder? This helps with productivity so that I don't have to move ...
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What are some good iPad apps for students? [closed]

I am mainly looking for apps which help increasing productivity and not the ones like Calculator, Periodic Table etc. Apps which are good for taking notes, taking handwriting input.
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Website block on a time schedule

I would like to find a way to block the access to some websites from all the browsers of my Macbook, but not just as Self-Control does. I want to make kind of a time schedule, for example blocking ...
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Equivalent of iOS' 30/30 (task manager) app for OS X

30/30 is a slick task manager for iOS devices that's also free. I'm trying to find an equivalent app for OS X. Some of the features in 30/30 that I would like to see in a mac app are: Clean interface ...
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How to Create New File in Selected Folder Using LaunchBar?

Using Launchbar, I'd like to be able to do the following: Navigate around by normal means in Launchbar > Once I'm in desired folder, I'd like to be able to run a command/action that asks me to enter ...
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How to copy/paste a formula down an entire column in Excel 2011?

I have a formula that references A1:B5 for instance, the result lives in any arbitrary cell, say D1. How do I copy and paste the same formula, referencing the same values as in D1, through the entire ...
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Is there a software that can visually highlight focused windows more?

I do web development on my Mac and I tend to have lots of windows open. Even per application, I tend to have multiple windows opened (ie a Terminal window for tail -f error logs, one for ssh, and one ...