The Record Quick Macro action is a variant of this which you can activate at any time without launching Keyboard Maestro. It, like all Macros, can be triggered by a hotkey. You can quickly trigger the start of recording, perform a series of actions, then stop (which saves) recording. When you're ready to apply the same actions again, just press the associated hot key ([OPT] + [F1] by default) to execute the recorded actions.
(Note: text in brackets
[ ] denote keys on your keyboard)
Press [OPT] + [F1] when you are ready to execute the macro. Be sure your cursor is located at the starting point first.
So for example, to make a Quick Recording, you press [CTRL] + [F1] to start quick recording, type “hello” and then press [CTRL] + [F1] again to stop recording.
Then Keyboard Maestro will type “hello” each time you press [OPT] + [F1].
For example, say you wanted to add quote marks around a dozen different words in a paragraph, you could
Now click in the middle of each remaining word and press [OPT] + [F1].
Enabling key repeat will repeat the playback of the recorded macro while you hold the hot key down.
You can also trigger the macro from the Global Macro Platte or the Status Menu if desired.
Keyboard Maestro automatically includes an implicit Semaphore at the start of the recorded macro so that you can trigger the resulting macro quickly multiple times and it will execute sequentially.