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Activate a Specific Application

This action switches to, and launches if necessary, the specified application. It is the equivalent of using the macOS App Switcher, or launching the application by any means.

 Activate a Specific Application Action

How To Use

  • Select the App from the “Activate:” Popup
  • In the same Popup, choose how to identify the app: (v9.0+)
    • Match Using Default (first by path, then by Bundle ID if needed)
    • Match Only by Path
    • Match Only by Bundle ID
  • Check the Options To Use
    • Check to Show all windows or Unchecked to show only the FrontMost Window
    • Reopen the app's initial window(s)
    • If the application is already at the front, you can choose to
      • leave it there.
      • or switch to the previous application.
      • or bring its windows to the front.
      • or reopen its initial windows.
      • or hide it.
      • or hide other applications.
      • or quit it.

Activating an Application by Variable

This Action requires that you select the App during Macro design, and you cannot use a Variable for the name.

However, there are several alternatives that will allow you to use a Variable for the App Name:

  1. Use Variable to set the Frontmost App. This will have the same effect as Activating the app.
  2. Activate Application by Name String -- Custom PlugIn – A third-party custom PlugIn that will allow you to set the application by its name in a Variable.
  3. Use the open shell command with the Execute a Shell Script action.
  4. Use the Open an Application action with a variable path.

See Also




action/Activate_a_Specific_Application.txt · Last modified: 2023/09/15 04:46 by peternlewis