Category: shortcuts

How to Remove the Shortcuts Menu Bar Icon on Mac

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If you want to remove the entire Shortcuts menu bar icon, you’ve probably already tried dragging the item out and removing it the typical way, only to find it not disappear. It turns out if you want to remove the Shortcuts menu bar item on MacOS, you’ll need to take a few extra steps.

We’ll show you how to remove the Shortcuts icon from the menu bar on Mac, and also show you how to remove items from the Shortcuts menu if you simply want to declutter the Shortcuts menu or have found repetitive entries in there.

How to Remove the Shortcuts Menu on Mac

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How to Send WhatsApp Message Without Saving Contact on iPhone & iPad

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Have you ever wanted to quickly send a message on WhatsApp to a random phone number that you haven’t added to your contacts? And perhaps you just want to send that text through WhatsApp without adding them to contacts? You’ll be happy to know this is possible, with a bit of a workaround, thanks to the good old Shortcuts app on iPhone and iPad.

By default, WhatsApp forces its users to add someone to their contacts list before they can begin a conversation with them from the app, whether sending messages or making calls. This could be frustrating if you’re…

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Run Shortcuts from the Command Line on Mac

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The Mac includes a command line interface to run and interact with Shortcuts app. This could be potentially useful to some macOS users who rely on the Shortcuts app for scripting and automation, and who spend a lot of time in the Terminal

The currently available shortcuts command line flags include ‘run’, ‘list’, ‘view’, and ‘sign’, but note that with the exception of ‘list’, they will all launch the Shortcuts app in the GUI on the Mac.

How to Run Shortcuts from Command Line on Mac

From the Terminal, use the following syntax:

shortcuts run...

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Workaround for Getting YouTube Picture-in-Picture on iPhone & iPad

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Picture-in-Picture video mode is a popular feature that allows you to watch a video in an overlay panel while doing other stuff on your iPhone or iPad. While using Picture in Picture with YouTube should work for most users as expected (even without the YouTube Premium subscription), not everyone can get it working. Fortunately, we’ve found a workaround for getting Picture in Picture mode working on iPhone or iPad, by using Shortcuts and a third party app.

It’s important to point out this approach isn’t necessary for everyone, as YouTube should work with…

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Save the Original Wordle & Play it Forever, Locally

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If you were disappointed to find out that WORDLE, the very popular word guessing game, has been sold to The New York Times, and will likely end up behind a pay-wall at some point, plus undergo who knows whatever other changes to fit the NYT style, you can preserve the original WORDLE game for yourself, to play forever.

This is possible either by downloading the entire webpage from Safari to a Mac, or with the help of the Shortcuts wizards at MacStories, who built a shortcut that downloads the original WORDLE game files to your iPhone, iPad, or Mac, which allows…

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How to Check Charging Time on iPhone & iPad

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Have you ever wanted to check how long it’d take for your iPhone or iPad to charge completely? Maybe, you don’t like to frequently check how much your device has charged? Well, this particular iOS shortcut intends to do just that. It’s pretty simple to set up and use on your device.

Anyone could estimate that your iPhone can fully charge from 0 to 100% in roughly about 2-3 hours. But, this is a very rough estimation. The actual time it takes could vary anywhere between two and three hours, or sometimes even lower depending on whether you’ve enabled…

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How to Take Photos on iPhone & iPad with Siri

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Did you know that you can use Siri to take a picture instead of pressing the shutter button yourself? This may come in handy when you’re taking group photos and you want everyone in the shot. Apple’s Shortcuts app makes this possible and it’s pretty easy to set up.

You may already know how Siri is capable of opening apps which includes the Camera app as well. Normally, when you say “Hey Siri, take a picture”, Siri just opens the Camera app, but it cannot really take a picture, which beats the whole point of that voice command. However, thanks to the…

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How to Convert Video to GIF on iPhone & iPad

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We’ve all wanted to turn a part of a video into a GIF at some point to make a meme out of it, create an animated picture, or anything else really. If this is something you still like to do, you’ll be pleased to know that you can now make GIFs from videos on your iPhone and iPad without relying on a third-party app.

There are several third-party apps available on the App Store that allows you to create GIFs from videos. You may have tried one or more of them already on your device. What’s different about this particular technique is that we’ll be making…

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How to Speed Up or Slow Down Any Video in Safari on iPhone / iPad

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Do you want to speed up or slow down video playback on a website where the feature isn’t supported? As long as you use Safari to browse the web on your iPhone or iPad, there’s a nifty Shortcuts workaround that you can use to adjust the video playback speed according to your liking.

Popular video streaming platforms like YouTube allow users to conveniently change the video playback speed from the player itself. Unfortunately, a lot of websites don’t support this feature and you may have noticed that you’re unable to change the speed of all the videos…

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How to Convert Burst Photos to GIF on iPhone or iPad

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Do you take a lot of burst shots using your iPhone or iPad? How’d you like to convert a bunch of burst images into an animated GIF? You can easily convert these photos to a GIF right on your iOS or ipadOS device without having to install a third-party app from the App Store, thanks to the good old Shortcuts app.

For those who aren’t aware, Burst mode is a camera mode available on both the iPhone and iPad which allows you to capture photos at the rate of ten images per second. This can be done by holding the shutter button instead of just tapping it like you…

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