When it comes to opening apps in macOS you basically have the following options: the app is in your Dock, you use Spotlight, you use Launchpad or you simply open up Finder and go to the Applications folder.

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Sometimes, the situation calls for drastic measures and hiding apps one-by-one might not cut it. In that case, you can use the “Command-Option-H” keyboard shortcut to hide all the open apps at once. Just click on an empty part of your desktop and hit the keyboard shortcut to hide all apps. Close All Open App Windows. Method 1of 2:Windows 1. Open the Start menu on your computer. Click the Start icon in the lower-left corner of your desktop to open the Start. Right-click the Office program you want to create a shortcut for. Find the Office program you want to shortcut,. Hover over More on the.

You definitely have options, but they are all slow and time consuming. It would be great if you could assing keyboard shortcuts to open apps, but macOS’ shortcut functionality is very limited.

Luckily there’s a 3rd party solution, Thor. A free and open source app that aloows you to do exactly that – assign a keyboard shortcut to any app that’s installed on your system.

Thor is a simple app with a simple and clean UI. It has a light theme and a dark theme that changes automatically with the appearance of your macOS, a settings screen and a add apps/shortcuts screen.

Thor is self-explanatory. Just add the app, add a keyboard shortcut and as long as Thor is running ( in your menubar so it’s out of your way. And if you use dozer you’ll never see it ), you can use the assigned shortcuts to open your apps.

To install Thor you can:

  • install it via Homebrew with brew cask install thor
  • download it from the official project page on Github
  • install it via Mac App Store

The tug of war between Mac OS and Windows seems to be never-ending. But I can sense that the former has garnered more attention from users. Slowly and gradually, people are moving to Mac OS from Windows.

Though they have to face some teething troubles during the first few weeks, they get along well with the interface and other functionalities. What works for Mac OS is that once a user uses it for six months or a year, he would never come back to Windows or any other operating system.

I had experienced this feeling of awesomeness when I switched from Android to iOS. But all said and done, the desktop of Windows PC has always ruled the roost. Some of the desktop functionalities can’t be found in Mac OS, and this could be the possible reason why Windows fans stick to their ‘beloved’ operating system.

If one thing I have to appreciate about Windows is its ability to create shortcuts for applications. Users who have recently moved from Windows computer to a Mac, you must have faced this issue of placing icon shortcuts of your favorite apps.

But the good news is that Mac users can also place shortcut icons of apps they use regularly. Want to know how? Read on…

How to place app shortcut icons on your Mac desktop

First off, launch a Finder window on your Mac.

Click on Applications from the left side navigation.

Now select the app you want to create a shortcut for.

Drag the app and drop it on the desktop.

Hurray!! The shortcut icon is now created. You can follow this action to create shortcut icons for other apps as well.

Jignesh Padhiyar is the co-founder of iGeeksBlog.com who has a keen eye for news, rumors and all the unusual stuff that happens around Apple products. During his tight schedule, Jignesh finds some moments of respite to share side-splitting contents on social media.

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