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By Jason Snell

Command Performance: Services and Quick Actions

Quick Actions

Apple’s making a lot of money from Services these days, but a different kind of Services has been a part of the Mac for a long time now. It’s a plug-in architecture that lets developers create bits of automation that can be applied in other apps. You can find them in the Services submenu of the application menu (the menu named for the app you’re currently using), and you might be surprised by how useful they can be.

You can assign keyboard shortcuts to Services via the Keyboard preference pane; just click the Shortcuts tab and click Services. You can also deactivate Services by unchecking them in this pane.

In macOS High Sierra Apple introduced the concept of the Quick Action, which is basically a fancy Services item. If you ask me, the best part about Services and Quick Actions is that you can create them yourself using Automator. And I do.…

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