This app lets you use your Mac without touching a mouse


Most things are done faster with the keyboard than with the mouse, but not every application is built with the keyboard in mind. This is where Shortcat comes in. This free Mac app allows you to quickly search and click on buttons, links, fields and more within your apps, all with just a few keystrokes. Sure, there's a bit of a learning curve, but once you get over it, it speeds up almost anything you do on your computer.

Shortcat is triggered via keyboard shortcut - CMD-Shift-Space by default. Trigger this shortcut and you'll see a search bar and yellow box that contains a two-letter code for everything in the menu bar and every clickable item in the current window.

Search what's on the screen - by typing a two-letter code or just what you're looking for. When you see something you want to "click", just press Enter and it will appear as if you moved your mouse and clicked the item. You're not limited to single clicks: you can double-click by pressing Enter twice quickly, or right-click by holding down Control while pressing Enter.

This works for native Mac applications, which is expected, but I'm happy to learn that it also works for web browsers. For example, you can search for a link you want to open and then press Enter to open it.

This applies not only to browsers, but also to Electron applications. It’s okay if you don’t know what that means — it’s relatively obscure stuff — but simply put, Electron apps are basically just websites that run in a dedicated browser. That’s how Slack works, and so do many apps these days.

Granted, it's a niche app, but it tickles my fancy. It's generally more ergonomic and often much faster to have your hands on the keyboard than on the mouse. I have to touch my mouse a lot less after running Shortcat, which I really like.