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-The *Activate a Specific Application* action switches you to the specified application.+{{:​action:​app-icon.png|}} 
 +====== ​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.
  
-You can optionally bring all windows to the frontor only one window.  ​You can optionally ask the application ​to open its initial window (eg an Untitled document).+===== How To Use ===== 
 +{{ :​action:​activate-app-action-km9.png?​500|}} 
 +  - **Select ​the App from the "​Activate:"​ Popup**\\ 
 +  - **In the same Popupchoose 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 hide  
 +      * or quit it,  
 +      * or switch to the previous application.
  
-If the application is already at the front, you can choose to leave it there, or hide or quit it, or switch to the previous application.+===== Activating App By Variable =====
  
-===== See Also =====+This Action requires that you select the App during Macro design, and you cannot use a Variable for the name.\\
  
-----+However, there are two alternatives that will allow you to use a Variable for the App Name: 
 +  ​**[[action:​Use_Variable|Use Variable]]** to set the Frontmost App.  This will have the same effect as Activating the app. 
 +  ​**[Activate Application by Name String ​-- Custom PlugIn](https://​forum.keyboardmaestro.com/​t/​activate-application-by-name-string/​1806)** -- A third-party custom PlugIn that will allow you to set the application by its name in a Variable. 
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 + 
 +===== See Also =====
  
 === Actions === === Actions ===
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 * [[token:​LastApplication|%LastApplication%]] * [[token:​LastApplication|%LastApplication%]]
 * [[:​Tokens|See all Tokens]] * [[:​Tokens|See all Tokens]]
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 ==== Forum ==== ==== Forum ====
  
 - [[https://​forum.keyboardmaestro.com/​search?​q=Activate%20Specific%20Application|Keyboard Maestro Forum topics about Activate a Specific Application]] - [[https://​forum.keyboardmaestro.com/​search?​q=Activate%20Specific%20Application|Keyboard Maestro Forum topics about Activate a Specific Application]]
action/Activate_a_Specific_Application.1495771027.txt.gz · Last modified: 2017/05/25 23:57 by peternlewis