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 ==== Keyboard Maestro Engine ==== ==== Keyboard Maestro Engine ====
  
-The Keyboard~~Maestro~~Engine is a background only application that enables all of Keyboard~~Maestro’s features. It responds to your Hot~~Key presses, watches the time, tracks applications and maintains your clipboard history, handles ​remote web, iPhone requests and receiving clipboards, and, of course, executes your Macro~~Actions. It should be running at all times, so we recommend you enable the “Launch Engine at Login” preference in the [[Windows#​Preferences_General_Pane|General preference pane]].+The Keyboard~~Maestro~~Engine is a background only application that enables all of Keyboard~~Maestro’s features. It responds to your Hot~~Key presses, watches the time, tracks applications and maintains your clipboard history, handles receiving clipboards, displays palettes, and, of course, executes your Macros. It should be running at all times, so we recommend you enable the “Launch Engine at Login” preference in the [[Windows#​Preferences_General_Pane|General preference pane]].
  
 ==== Macro Groups ==== ==== Macro Groups ====
  
-Keyboard~~Maestro allow you to organize your Macros into Macro~~Groups which are like folders of macros. Each Macro~~Group controls when the macros it contains are active. A Macro~~Group can target or exclude specific applications,​ which means the macros it contains will only be active in those desired applications. ​for example, you can have macros which are active only in Mail.app, or only in Mail.app when a compose window is open.+Keyboard~~Maestro allow you to organize your Macros into Macro~~Groups which are like folders of macros. Each Macro~~Group controls when the macros it contains are active. A Macro~~Group can target or exclude specific applications,​ which means the macros it contains will only be active in those desired applications. ​For example, you can have macros which are active only in Mail.app, or only in Mail.app when a compose window is open.
  
-A Macro~~Group can also act as a container for specific-use macros which are enabled only when you specifically activate them. For example, you could create a Macro~~Group containing macros that resized or repositioned windows using the arrow keys, but those macros would only be active after the Hot~~Key was pressed so that the arrow keys could be used normally at other times.+A Macro~~Group can also act as a container for specific-use macros which are enabled only when you specifically activate them. For example, you could create a Macro~~Group containing macros that resized or repositioned windows using the arrow keys, but those macros would only be active after a specific ​Hot~~Key was pressed so that the arrow keys could be used normally at other times.
  
 Macro~~Groups can be displayed as palettes, allowing you to create your own custom toolbars which can be configured with a variety of themes. Macro~~Groups can be displayed as palettes, allowing you to create your own custom toolbars which can be configured with a variety of themes.
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 A [[Macro Triggers|Trigger]] defines when a macro will be executed. There are a variety of Triggers available, the most common is the Hot~~Key trigger which executes the macro when a specified Hot~~Key is pressed. Similarly, you can use a Typed~~String trigger to execute a macro when you type some text (for example =addr=). Other common triggers are the Macro~~Palette which lets you trigger a macro by clicking on a context (front application or window) sensitive floating palette of macros and the Status Menu trigger which displays the macro in the Status Menu.  You can trigger macros from the clipboard history (to apply to the clipboard entry), or by drawing a shape with the mouse or trackpad. A [[Macro Triggers|Trigger]] defines when a macro will be executed. There are a variety of Triggers available, the most common is the Hot~~Key trigger which executes the macro when a specified Hot~~Key is pressed. Similarly, you can use a Typed~~String trigger to execute a macro when you type some text (for example =addr=). Other common triggers are the Macro~~Palette which lets you trigger a macro by clicking on a context (front application or window) sensitive floating palette of macros and the Status Menu trigger which displays the macro in the Status Menu.  You can trigger macros from the clipboard history (to apply to the clipboard entry), or by drawing a shape with the mouse or trackpad.
  
-You can also trigger a macro when you login or when your Mac sleeps or wakes or goes idle, at a specific time or on a specific day, when an application launches, activates or quits, by executing a script, or remotely using a web browser or iPhone or our trigger server. And you can trigger a macro when something changes, like a volume being mounted or unmounted, plugging in headphones, ​your wireless network connection changingor a USB device ​being connected ​or disconnected.+You can also trigger a macro when you login or when your Mac sleeps or wakes or goes idle, at a specific time or on a specific day, when an application launches, activates or quits, by executing a script, or remotely using a web browser or iPhone or our trigger server. And you can trigger a macro when something changes, like a volume being mounted or unmounted, plugging in headphones, ​connecting a monitor, a USB deviceor to a wireless network.
  
 A Trigger will only execute the macro if the Macro~~Group and Macro are enabled and currently active. You create Triggers by creating or editing a Macro and clicking the green BUTTON{{{⊕}}} button near the top of the macro detail view. A Trigger will only execute the macro if the Macro~~Group and Macro are enabled and currently active. You create Triggers by creating or editing a Macro and clicking the green BUTTON{{{⊕}}} button near the top of the macro detail view.
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