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The system 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 selection.
Clipboard History
Normally the system stores only one clipboard. Keyboard Maestro keeps a history of your system clipboard, ensuring you never lose data on the clipboard and allowing you to copy and paste multiple items,
Clipboard Switcher
is a feature of Keyboard Maestro that allows you to copy or paste to/from 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. These programs are also ignored when hiding other applications.
Global Macro Group
a predefined Macro Group that always exists and is the default location for new Macros.
a system extension that lets Mac OS X applications unobtrusively tell you when things happen (more info).
Help Viewer
Apple’s Help Viewer application is the standard Mac OS X help system, used for display application and system documentation. Significantly degraded in 10.5 (Leopard), but what can you do?
Hot Key
A keystroke that acts as a Macro Trigger to start the execution of Macro Actions in a Macro.
software from ergonis that displays command keys and can also display Keyboard Maestro Hot Keys (more info).
Keyboard Maestro Engine
The process that enables your Macros, Program Switcher, Window Switcher, and Clipboard Switcher to work even after you quit Keyboard Maestro.
Mac OS X
Apple’s operating system versions 10.0 and up. Keyboard Maestro only supports version 10.4 and up, and 10.4.11 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 original developer of Program Switcher and Keyboard Maestro.
Named Clipboard
Keyboard Maestro provides a set of named clipboards where you can permanently store information (text, logos, graphics, etc).
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 components of Keyboard Maestro.
Quick Macro
a macro recorded on the fly in another application. SEE(#recording).
Record Quick Macro
the action that when triggered records a Quick Macro. SEE(#recording).
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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