Shortcuts Essentials

In over four years of Club MacStories, we have created hundreds of shortcuts and scripts for the Shortcuts Corner section of MacStories Weekly.

Below, we have compiled a list of the workflows previously published as Shortcuts Essentials. The workflows are grouped by category and refer to the issue of Weekly when they were originally detailed.

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App Store

  • Saving App Artwork to Photos – Issue 52
  • Making the App Icon Grid – Issue 111

Calendar

  • Better Calendar Event Templates – Issue 123
  • Moving a Calendar Event to a Different Day – Issue 148
  • Find a Free Evening – Issue 74
  • Adding New Events with Calendar Templates – Issue 73
  • Presenting a List of Agenda Calendar Events – Issue 158

Files

  • Direct Download to Dropbox – Issue 54
  • DEVONmenu: Saving Multiple Files in DEVONthink (with Things Integration) – Issue 119
  • Exporting Multiple Dropbox Files at Once with Workflow’s New File Actions – Issue 72
  • Automating File Conversions (and Compressing PDFs) with CloudConvert – Issue 81
  • Creating an Offline File Launcher for Safari – Issue 159
  • Custom Save Menu for Keep It – Issue 145
  • Using iCloud Drive as a Basic Workflow Keychain – Issue 55
  • Save Issues to Keep It – Issue 252

Photos

  • Image Editing and Uploads for WordPress Bloggers – Issue 86
  • Turning Animoji into Custom GIFs – Issue 105
  • Creating Gradient-Based and Solid Color Wallpapers in Shortcuts – Issue 155
  • Photos Shortcuts for the iOS 12 Review – Issue 140
  • Renaming and Uploading Multiple Images to Dropbox – Issue 51
  • Send Last Photo to Contact – Issue 50

Email

  • AudioMail – Issue 68
  • New Mail Merge – Issue 224
  • Convert Mail Rich Text to Markdown – Issue 62
  • Mail Merge with Multiple Variables – Issue 138

Music

  • Play Recent Albums in Apple Music – Issue 193
  • Transfer Playback – Issue 257
  • Spotify Lyrics – Issue 257
  • Generating Links for Multiple Music Streaming Services with MusicLink – Issue 268
  • Message Notifications for Songs Added to Playlist – Issue 50
  • MusicBot Pro 1.1 – Issue 221
  • Spotify Center: A Custom Spotify Sharing Menu – Issue 58

Task Management

  • Reminders to OmniFocus – Issue 224
  • OmniChart – Issue 224
  • Bidirectional Linking Between Craft and GoodTask – Issue 268
  • Creating Launcher Shortcuts for Todoist Filters – Issue 103
  • A Richer Save Menu for Things – Issue 117
  • Filtering Reminders Containing URLs – Issue 139
  • Parse Multiple Lines of Text as Todoist Tasks – Issue 57
  • Today ReScheduler – Issue 249
  • Creating OmniFocus Tasks from the Home Screen and Search with Shortcuts in iOS and iPadOS 14 – Issue 231
  • Adding Tasks to OmniFocus’ Inbox with Intelligent Cleanup Reminders – Issue 222
  • Adding Items From a DEVONthink Group to a Things Project – Issue 122
  • Task IDs and Adding Checklist Items to Existing Things Tasks – Issue 125
  • Turning Agenda’s Calendar Events into Reminders – Issue 154
  • Making a Custom ‘Add to Todoist’ Workflow – Issue 67
  • Turning Individual Reminders into GoodTask URLs – Issue 167
  • Viewing GoodTask Smart Lists as Siri Shortcuts – Issue 162

Text

  • ‘Smart Append’ for Plain Text Files – Issue 267
  • Exporting URLs from Craft Documents – Issue 262
  • Secure Copy with No Universal Clipboard – Issue 49
  • A Better Share Extension for Evernote – Issue 83
  • Voice Search for Notes from the Shortcuts Widget – Issue 169
  • Automating Ulysses 2.8 – Issue 75
  • Compiling and Exporting Tagged Notes in Drafts 5 – Issue 133
  • Automating Bear, Part 1 – Issue 56
  • Drafts Workspace Backup – Issue 192

Time Tracking

  • TimeChart – Issue 224
  • Advanced Toggl Timers with Dictionaries – Issue 69
  • TimeChart Widget – Issue 244
  • Logging Google Calendar Events with Zapier and Toggl – Issue 61
  • Setting Up Individual Toggl Timer Shortcuts – Issue 63

Web

  • Convert Labeled Trello Cards to Tasks, Slack Messages, and More with Zapier – Issue 70
  • Using DEVONthink as a Read-Later App – Issue 121
  • Quickly Saving Links in Raindrop.io with Shortcuts and Zapier – Issue 214
  • Zapier: From MailChimp Newsletter to Twitter and Airtable – Issue 56
  • Archiving The New Yorker’s Cartoons in Apple Notes – Issue 66
  • List of Webpages to Screenshots – Issue 247
  • EverSafari: A Shortcut to Save Safari Webpage Links in Evernote – Issue 164
  • Safari Reader Article – Issue 224
  • Building a Reading List Highlights Archive in Shortcuts, Part 1: Saving Highlights – Issue 152
  • Building a Reading List Highlights Archive in Shortcuts, Part 2: Previewing Highlights – Issue 152
  • Webpage to Screenshot – Issue 247

Other

  • Creating a Watch Later Workflow with Shortcuts and Downie – Issue 267
  • Refreshing a Plex Library on a Local Network – Issue 115
  • Converting Between Time Zones with TimeZoneDB – Issue 161
  • Setting Morning Alarms for Each Day of the Week – Issue 168
  • Advanced Toolbox Pro Shortcuts for Reminders, App Store, and Tracking Video Games – Issue 200
  • Enable Slack’s Do Not Disturb via Siri – Issue 137
  • Space Images – Issue 192
  • Subscribing and Listening to Podcasts with Shortcuts in iOS 13 – Issue 188
  • Share Pocket Article with Featured Image – Issue 59
  • Amazon to Deliveries – Issue 222
  • Currency Conversions with Historical Exchange Rates – Issue 113
  • Choose and Toggle an Existing Alarm – Issue 190
  • Running Shortcuts as External Functions – Issue 142
  • Workflow and the Trello API, Part 1 – Issue 76
  • Workflow and the Trello API, Part 3: Exporting Multiple Trello Cards to Ulysses – Issue 78
  • Scheduling Slack Reminders with the Slack API – Issue 53
  • Searching Reeder’s Read Later Account with Tags, Titles, and More – Issue 246
  • The New Year’s Shortcuts Pack – Issue 206
  • Workflow and the Trello API, Part 2: Exporting a Single Trello Card – Issue 77
  • Wake Apple TV and Dim the Lights – Issue 189
  • iOS 10 Speech Recognition with Language Picker – Issue 49
  • SLC: A Shortcut to Create New Launcher Shortcuts for Any URL – Issue 198
  • Collecting Games I Want to Play in Airtable – Issue 114
  • Getting Worldwide Time Zones with Shortcuts and TimeZoneDB – Issue 160
  • Convert Historical Currencies – Issue 192
  • A Custom ‘Ping My iPhone’ Shortcut – Issue 146
  • Backup Workflows – Issue 57