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How to Create Custom Quick Actions in MacOS Mojave



  Automator Quick Action Workflow

Screenshot by Matt Elliott / CNET

MacOS Mojave brings you Stacks Dark Mode, a new screenshot tool and a better finder . The finder can now do more than just find things. With the new quick actions, you can annotate and rotate photos, combine multiple photos into a single PDF, and cut videos ̵

1; all without leaving the Finder. And if you use the Automator app, you can create custom quick actions for tasks that you run on a regular basis.


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Creating Custom Quick Actions

The Automator app was part of Macs forever, and Mojave adds a new Quick Action workflow template to create scripts that you can use in the Finder. To start, start the Automator App, click New Document select Quick Action Workflow and click Select .

Here's a simple one I created because I regularly take screenshots on my MacBook (1.279 on Amazon.com) and then have to convert them from PNG files into JPEGs. Now I can do this maneuver directly in the Finder or on my desktop without having to open the preview.

In the left field under Actions I selected photos . Next, I took the right column Change Image Type and dropped it into the empty work area to the right. You will be asked if you want to add an action to copy the image (keeping the original) or skip it and just change the original. After you have replied to this question Add or Do not add see your action (s) on the right. You can select the desired file type in the Modify Type of Images box. If you have opted for a copy of the screenshot, you can select the destination for the copy in the Copy Finder Objects box.


Screenshot by Matt Elliott / CNET

To save the Quick Action workflow, go to File> Save and name your new creation. Once saved, it will now appear under the More button in the Quick Action section of the Finder in the new gallery view. (The quick action buttons are located below the metadata window on the right.)

This action is also helpful with the context menu, so I can take a screenshot and then right-click on the thumbnail and change it from PNG to JPEG without having to deal with a preview or finder.

Another custom quick action

I've searched for other custom quick actions and found two articles that describe how to create a quick action that resizes photos to a specific dimension. They differ a bit, but here's the gist of it:

Go to File> New to create a new script, select Quick Action Workflow and click Choose button.


Screenshot by Matt Elliott / CNET

Select Photos in the Actions panel on the far left and drag Scale Images into the workspace on the right. As in the previous example, you will be asked if you want to make a copy of the original or not. In the Scale Images box, select the desired width for the image in size, and when done, go to File> Save to name it and save it.

As you can see in Automator, the custom Quick Action options seem limitless. If you find a custom quick action that's especially useful, please share it with the group in the comments below.

For more, here's everything you need to know about MacOS Mojave .


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