how to create shortcuts on macOS Monterey

How to Create Shortcuts in macOS Monterey on Mac

If you can perform a task with a quick click or two, there’s no need to dig deep into the settings or hop between apps. Of course, you will have to spend a bit of time initially to craft the shortcut. But once you are done with that, performing certain tasks becomes a breeze. It’s this aspect that has made Siri Shortcuts a super handy asset in iOS, and it has now made its way to Macs with the release of macOS Monterey. If you prefer to have time-saving hacks at your disposal, read on to learn how to create shortcuts in macOS Monterey on Mac.

Build Shortcuts in macOS 12 Monterey on Mac (June 2021)

First things first, let’s figure out how shortcuts work on macOS 12 Monterey as they will make your task a tad easier! Then, we will explain how to create, customize, and delete shortcuts in macOS Monterey. With that said, let’s dive in.

How do Shortcuts Work in macOS Monterey on Mac?

Introduced in iOS 12, the Shortcuts app has become one of the most loved Apple apps on iPhone and iPad. It has not only opened a ton of amazing customization options but also offered ways to perform tasks that previously required Jailbreak tweaks. Be it downloading Twitter videos, playing YouTube PiP videos in Safari, or separating audio from videos, the Shortcuts have turned out to be a boon for iPhone users.

If you have ever tried shortcuts on iOS, chances are pretty high that you would find the process quite seamless on macOS. After all, creating a shortcut and using it to carry out an assigned task is similar on iPhone, iPad, and Mac. Moreover, all of your shortcuts are automatically synced between macOS and iOS/ iPadOS so that you can stay in complete control of your hacks across devices.

create shortcuts in macOS Monterey

Coming back to jailbreak, Shortcuts has proved to be a solid weapon in Apple’s armory to fight out jailbreak. The Cupertino giant has understood that the better way to decimate jailbreak is to offer up an equally exciting gateway to users. Rather than blocking loopholes that jailbreakers never miss a chance to exploit, Apple decided to give users a super-powerful automation tool.

Having tasted the goodies that come with jailbreaking an iPhone and trying out various hacks that Apple Shortcuts provide, I must say that the ongoing battle between Apple and jailbreakers is fascinating. After all, it’s an end-user like me who is reaping all the benefits!

Can You Add Untrusted Shortcuts to Your Mac in macOS Monterey?

Yeah, you can. While I like to use handy shortcuts available in the official shortcuts library, I’m a bit more interested in trying out the ones that exist in the wild. Many of them are designed by independent creators and unlock great possibilities.

Of course, you should never fail to ensure that a shortcut is secure before adding it to your library. The best way to go about it is to make sure that a large number of users have recommended the shortcut.

How to Create Shortcuts in macOS Monterey

  1. To get started, launch the Shortcuts app on your Mac. As usual, you can use Spotlight to quickly open the Shortcuts app if it’s not available in the Dock.

Launch Shortcuts app

2. After opening the app, click on the “+” button at the top right corner to create a new Shortcut on your Mac.

Click on the plus button - Create Shortcuts in macOS Monterey on mac

3. Next, search for actions using the search bar on the top right and drag the shortcut options from the sidebar to the left-side window to build a custom shortcut. Here, you can mix and match the available options to craft complex custom shortcuts on macOS 12 Monterey.

Drag shortcut

Build a shortcut - Create Shortcuts in macOS Monterey on mac

4. Next up, click on the Shortcut name and type a suitable name, describing the task you will perform using this Shortcut.

Name your shortcut

5. Now, customize the appearance of your shortcut. Click on the shortcut photo and choose from among several different objects and symbols to give it a personalized look.

Design your shortcut - Create Shortcuts in macOS Monterey on mac

6. Once you have perfectly customized your macOS shortcut, click on the close button in the top left corner to finish.

Close the window

That’s it! You have now created a shortcut for your Mac. You can repeat the same steps to build more exciting shortcuts. And the best part is that you can even use Siri to use these handy shortcuts in macOS Monterey.

Add a Shortcut in macOS Monterey Menu Bar on Mac

For easier access, you can add a shortcut in the macOS Monterey menu bar. Thus, if you ever need to perform a certain task, you can get started with it right away without ever opening the Shortcuts app. That’s pretty neat, isn’t it? To enable this feature, follow the steps below:

  1. Open the Shortcuts app on your Mac.

2. Now, go to the “All Shortcuts” option from the left sidebar. Then, double-click the shortcut you want to see in the macOS menu bar.

All Shortcuts

3. Next, click on the three horizontal lines settings icon at the top right corner of the screen.

three horizontal lines

4. Then, make sure that the Details tab is selected. After that, check the box next to the “Keep in Menu Bar” option.

Keep a shortcut in the menu bar

5. That’s it. From now onwards, this shortcut will show in the menu bar on your Mac. If you ever want to hide it, return to the settings page and uncheck the “Keep in Meu Bar” box.

Shortcut in the menu bar

Use a Shortcut as Quick Action on Mac

Interestingly, you can also use a Siri shortcut as Quick Action on your Mac. For those unaware, Quick Action (available in macOS Mojave or later) lets you create workflows that work in the Services menu, Finder Preview pane, and the MacBook Pro Touch Bar.

  1. On your Mac running macOS 12 Monterey, launch the Shortcuts app.

2. Now, click on the All Shortcuts option in the left sidebar and then double-click on the shortcut you want to edit.

All Shortcuts

3. Next, click on the three horizontal lines settings icon at the top right corner of the screen.

three horizontal lines settings - Create Shortcuts in macOS Monterey on mac

4. Ensure that the Details tab is selected and then check the box next to “Use as Quick Action“. After that, customize your shortcut to be used as a Quick Action. Notably, you also have the option to add a keyboard shortcut to access the Shortcut on Mac.

Use a Shortcut as a Quick Action on Mac

Show a Mac Shortcut in Apple Watch and iPhone/ iPad Share Sheet

Once you have created a shortcut on your Mac, you can choose to show it in the share sheet on your iPhone, iPad, or Apple Watch.

  1. Open the Shortcuts app on your Mac and move to All Shortcuts -> double-click on the shortcut you want to edit -> three horizontal lines settings icon -> Details.

Click on the Details tab

2. Now, check the boxes next to “Show in Share Sheet” and “Show on Apple Watch” to make your macOS 12 Monterey shortcut available on your iPhone and Apple Watch.

Show a shortcut on iPhone and Apple Watch

Delete a Shortcut in macOS Monterey

If you no longer want to keep a shortcut, you can delete it to ensure your shortcuts library doesn’t get cluttered.

  1. Launch the Shortcuts app on your Mac.

2. Now, under the “All Shortcuts” tab, right-click or Control-click on the shortcut you wish to delete.

All Shortcuts

3. Next, click “Delete” in the pop-up menu to get rid of the shortcut. That’s it. You will no longer have access to this shortcut.

delete a shortcut - Create Shortcuts in macOS Monterey on mac

Use Shortcuts in macOS Monterey to Get Work Done Faster

Well, that’s all there is to it! I guess you can now create a variety of shortcuts on your Mac running macOS 12 Monterey. As I mentioned above, shortcuts open the gate for a ton of customization. So the more you dig in and explore the possibilities, the more cool shortcuts you will be able to make to simplify your day-to-day tasks. By the way, what do you have to say about the introduction of Shortcuts in macOS Monterey? Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

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