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Wednesday, November 3, 2021

Trigger Mac Shortcuts From the Menu Bar

 macOS Menu Bar Shortcuts

How to Trigger Shortcuts From Your Menu Bar

There are a few ways to get Shortcuts into your menu bar, but the icon won’t show up until you have added at least one. When it does, you’ll be able to click on the small Shortcuts icon in the top-right corner of the screen:

The easiest way to do this is to simply download widgets from the Gallery or a web resource like r/Shortcuts. Once you’ve found a Shortcut you want to add, check the description to see if “Appears in Menu Bar” is listed.

Add to macOS Shortcuts app

Click “Add Shortcut” to add the shortcut and it will automatically appear in your menu bar. You can now click on the Shortcuts icon in the top-right corner to launch it:

macOS menu bar Shortcuts list

It’s also easy to tweak a Shortcut to make it accessible from the menu bar or enable the functionality in your own Shortcuts. First, download the Shortcut you want from the web or the Gallery.

Head to the “All Shortcuts” tab and double-click on the Shortcut to edit it.

Edit Shortcut in macOS Shortcuts app

Now click on the “Shortcut Details” icon in the top-right corner of the screen and check “Pin in Menu Bar” under the “Details” tab.

Enable "Pin to Menu Bar" under Shortcut Details

You can also enable other settings here, including allowing Shortcut to appear under the “Quick Actions” right-click menu or assigning a keyboard shortcut. Close the Shortcut and you’ll now see the item listed in the menu bar icon:

Shortcut pinned in Menu Bar

Remember to enable this setting for any Shortcuts that you have created yourself if you want them to appear in this section too.

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