Apple's OS X has an incredibly useful time-saving feature called Services. In this short guide you'll learn what Services are, how to use them and how to control them.
What are Services?
Available since 10.6, Services let you use features from other apps while working in another. There are some Mac users who aren't aware Services are contextual and access to them usually depends on selecting something first. You can also control what services are available, and create your own services using Automator.
Services are available across many apps on your Mac. You can access them by:
You will usually see the Finder Menu Services list contains more items than you'll generally see when right clicking an item on your screen.
Here is a simple example of using Services.
Many apps create new Services as they are installed. If you have reached a point at which too many Services are available, or have an available Service that is no longer relevant as you no longer use the app, you can control available services like this:
You will now have the Services you choose to have available too you via the Services menu and through use of right-click on your Mac.
While in the Services list you will note that some Services also have existing keyboard shortcuts you can use to quickly use them on your computer -- memorize these and you won't need to go through Services.
It's possible to create your own Services using Automator. We're going to create an image-cropping tool.
Now when you select an image in any app you should see the Service you created turn up as an option in the Services menu or as an available choice using Right-click.
I hope this helps you make better use of Services on your Mac.
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