How to Convert Automator Workflows to Finder Quick Actions in Mojave

I’ve long used Automator for “quick actions” on files in the Finder. Now, with Mojave’s Quick Actions in the Finder – available when you’re in the new Gallery view – you can run your Automator workflows from this new interface, instead of using a contextual menu, or other method.

To do this, open a workflow, then choose File > Convert To… By default, Automator displays its file type dialog with Quick Action selected.

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Click Choose, then press Command-S to save the file and name it. It will immediately appear in the Finder’s Quick Action More menu.

If you want it to be visible in the Quick Action sidebar, go to System Preferences > Extensions, then Finder. You’ll see a list of available quick actions. The first two items in the list show up in the Finder. Drag any quick actions you want to be visible to the top of the list. And you can uncheck any that you don’t use, so they don’t clutter up the More menu.

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Unfortunately, I don’t yet see any way to show more than two quick actions in the Finder, before the More menu, so choose the ones that are really most useful to you.

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macOS Mojave Is Here – Get Up to Speed with Two Great New Take Control Books

Tc umojaveToday, Apple is releasing macOS Mojave. Most Mac users are going to upgrade – if their hardware is compatible – and it’s good to know what you need to do to prepare for upgrading. In Take Control of Upgrading to Mojave, Mac expert Joe Kissell has updated his trusted advice on upgrading to the latest version of macOS. Learn what you need to know to make the process go smoothly and efficiently, and what has changed from previous versions, including revisions to the APFS file system and important new ways of keeping your Mac secure. Includes troubleshooting advice in case things go wrong!

Tc mojaveAnd once you’ve got Mojave running on your Mac, you need to know how to get the most out of it. Learn all about it with Take Control of Mojave by Scholle McFarland. Like her previous book on High Sierra, this book covers all the new features and options in macOS 10.14, and also provides a good overview of the entire operating system. Find out about all the changes to your Mac’s apps and system-wide tools, and learn useful tricks that may be not be obvious at first glance.

Get Take Control of Upgrading to Mojave and Take Control of Mojave.

What Are 32-Bit and 64-Bit Apps, and Why Do They Matter?

You may have heard recent news about Apple’s warning to end users that the company intends to phase-out 32-bit apps running on macOS computers in 2019. And you may be wondering a few things, such as what are 32-bit and 64-bit apps, and why do they matter?

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How to Use Accessibility Features on Apple iOS Devices

On iOS, as on the Mac, Apple offers a wide range of accessibility features to make the devices easier to read, hear, and work with for people with limitations. While many of these features are useful to people with limitations, some can make using an iOS device better for everyone. Here are a few accessibility features that you might want to try out.

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macOS Mojave: New Interface Options, Under the Hood Refinements

Apple announced the next version of its desktop operating system at this week’s Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC): macOS Mojave. Due out in the fall, Mojave doesn’t bring a lot of new features, but some of the changes will be very visible.

Much of the work on macOS Mojave is under the hood, bringing refinements to the guts of the operating system. Gone are the days when Apple could tout 100 or more new features in an OS update; instead, now they focus on a half-dozen marquee features, while still tweaking the operating system in lots of little ways.

The biggest change you’re likely to notice in Mojave is dark mode. You may already have some apps that offer this option; this will become an OS-wide setting, turning everything from light to dark.

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Use Your Mac More Efficiently with Accessibility Options

Apple has long made its operating systems compatible for the largest possible number of people, providing options and tools for those with assistive needs. Accessibility options can help not only those who need to adjust their computing devices for certain limitations, but some of these options can make computing easier for everyone.

Last year, we covered five accessibility features; and now, here are some more options that can help you use your Mac more efficiently.

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