Classic Mac OS
Apple’s operating system version 8.0 through 9.x. Keyboard Maestro requires Mac OS X and will not run on Classic Mac OS.
The clipboard is where you store items when you Copy and Paste. When you Copy an item, it is temporarily stored in the Clipboard and when you Paste, the item is copied from the Clipboard into your currently location.
Clipboard Switcher
is a feature of Keyboard Maestro that allows you to switch between a set of named clipboards.
Excluded Applications
is the set of applications that should not appear in the Program Switcher list, allowing you to hide programs you rarely want to switch to.
Fast Launch Applications
is the set of applications that always appear in the Program Switcher list, allowing you to quickly launch them.
Global Macro Group
a predefined Macro Group that always exists and is the default location for new Macros.
Help Viewer
Apple’s Help Viewer application is the standard Mac OS X help system, used for display application and system documentation.
Hot Key
A key press that acts as a Macro Trigger to start the execution of a Macro.
Keyboard Maestro Engine
The process that enables your Macros, Program Switcher, and Clipboard Switcher to work even after you quit Keyboard Maestro.
Mac OS X
Apple's new operating system versions 10.0 and up. Keyboard Maestro only supports version 10.2 and up, and 10.2.6 and up is recommended.
Mac OS
Apple’s operating system we've all come to know and mostly love.
a set of Macro Triggers together with a sequence of Macro Actions. Any one of the triggers will begin the execution of the sequence of actions.
Macro Action
an action you wish to perform, such as opening a file, typing some text, controlling iTunes, and so on.
Macro Group
a set of Macros which can be restricted to only a defined set of applications.
Macro Palette
a floating palette containing any active Macros that have a Macro Palette trigger. The palette only appears in applications with at least once active Macro Palette triggered Macro.
Macro Trigger
an event, such as a Hot Key, application launch, time of day, that starts the execution of a Macro.
Michael Kamprath
the developer of Program Switcher for Classic Mac OS and the original developer of Keyboard Maestro.
Griffin Technology’s PowerMate is an input device which can be used to trigger macros.
Program Switcher
the premier application management utility for Classic Mac OS, written by Michael Kamprath it was in part the inspiration for Keyboard Maestro and forms one of the three components of Keyboard Maestro.
a Shortcut is another name for a Macro (it is also another name for an Alias but that is a different context to the normal Keyboard Maestro Macro context).
an acronym for Uniform Resource Locator, this is the standard way of specifying a location on the Internet. It starts with a protocol, followed by a colon and then the location. For example, “”.

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