Commands are a really quick way to get things done in macOS. But initially, users are afraid to use this tool, because even the process of running prepared scripts is not easy for a beginner.
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Even if you’ve never used the Teams app on iOS and iPadOS, you’ve probably heard of them. Moreover, you might get tired of the constant wishes of experienced users to see such a tool on the Mac. With the release of macOS Monterey, it’s likely time for you to give it a try.
This is where you run into the first problem. But it does not lie in the complexity of creating some kind of teams to work with something – there is a whole prepared gallery. It’s just hard to find where to start.
Oddly enough, when you get used to it, you may even think that there are too many ways to launch the application. “Teams”…
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Commands app for Mac
The Commands app is preinstalled with macOS Monterey and later. In this application, you will be able to create, edit and save your teams. You can also get many ready-made options here, as there is a button to access “Gallery”…
Check out ready-made commands in “Gallery”, maybe there you can find something useful for yourself.
To add a command to a section “All Quick Commands” list “My teams”, click on the team card, and then on the button “Add command”…
You can run certain commands, including those created earlier by you, simply by hovering your mouse over the large icon and clicking the play button when it appears.
To start editing a command, double-click in the middle of the icon.
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How do I add “Quick Commands” to the menu bar?
You can set any command to appear in your Mac’s menu bar.
But you cannot place one command by itself, the “Commands” menu will appear in the menu bar, which will open with a list of the elements you have specified in advance.
There are two options to add a command to the menu bar.
You can go to open teams and find the one you want. Then drag it from the icon group to the menu bar to the list of folders and shortcuts on the left.
Alternatively, you can double-click a command to edit it, and then select your own settings icon in the upper-right corner of the window. There is a checkbox inside that allows you to select Pin to Menu Bar…
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How do I make commands available in Finder?
Until you can take the Quick Command and place it somewhere on the Mac, save it to your desktop, or place it in the Dock. On iOS, you can create a home screen icon for this and treat it like an app, but you can’t do the same on a Mac.
However, you can turn a command into a quick action in the Finder. Quick Steps are the options that appear when you right-click on any file in the Finder window. Now your Quick Command can be one of the parameters.
Alternatively, you can turn the Quick Command into a Service. Then, whatever you do and whatever application you are in by selecting the application menu in “Services” can see your quick command.
To do one of these actions, open your specific team and click on its Settings icon.
Check the box “Use as quick action”and then Finder and / or Services Menu…
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How do I run the “Quick Command” from the keyboard?
On the same shortcut settings panel, there is a button Add keyboard shortcut… If you click on it, the button disappears, and the option appears instead “Run using” with a field for entering a keyboard shortcut. Services Menu will be automatically ticked.
I must say that using keyboard shortcuts for commands can be very cool to simplify work on the Mac. But there are so many keyboard shortcuts that once you get to “Quick commands”, then you will need to try to come up with some new combinations for your team. Launching it using the keyboard can really be faster, but remembering the right combinations will not be easy.
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Can I add a Quick Command to the Dock?
There is currently no way to add a single command to your Dock, but you can add the application itself there “Teams”…
Drag the app “Teams” from folder “Programs” into the dock, that’s all. Or when you run the application “Teams”, right click on it and select Parameters → Leave in Dock…
After that, when you want to run your command, you can right click on the application “Teams” in the Dock. Then choose either “Open recent”or “Run command”…
The latter option will give you a pop-up menu for each command you have. There is also a list of folders at the top, so even if you have hundreds of commands of your own, you can find the one you want pretty quickly.
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How do I use Siri to trigger commands?
It’s no secret that when you tell your Mac “Hey Siri”, you will most likely find that HomePod, iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch also say, “Yes?” However, using Siri can be a quick way to launch your command.
You can press and hold the key to make sure that the version of Siri on your Mac is responding. Command (⌘) and spaceuntil Siri appears (this combination can be changed along the way System Preferences → Siri). Alternatively, you can click the Siri icon in the dock or the Siri icon in the menu bar.
And one more thing, we must not forget about the Apple Watch.
1. Open a specific command, click its settings icon. Then check the box for “Show on Apple Watch“.
2. You may now be able to launch the shortcut from your Apple Watch.
In practice, although the commands are synced across all devices, they still don’t work on all devices. If the Apple Watch can run your command, then checking this box will enable this to work.
If your Apple Watch cannot execute the command, then you, even if you check the box Show on Apple Watch, get only an explanatory explanation of the reason for the failure: “This command has an action not supported on Apple Watch.”… And then, in fact, those actions that do not work will be listed. For example, if your team performs any copy-and-paste actions, then you will be informed that the Apple Watch is not able to get the clipboard.
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All Ways to Run Quick Command on Mac running macOS Monterey
- Click “Play” on the command in the app “Teams”…
- Add a command to the menu bar.
- Fast action in Finder.
- Add command for menu Services…
- Set a keyboard shortcut to run a command.
- Run any command from a shortcut “Teams” in the dock.
- Ask Siri.
- Launch on Apple Watch.