In many Mac programs, the “Services” item is often visible in the menu with the program’s name. What is this entry? The Services allow you to use the features of other applications in ongoing activity without having to open those applications.
How are these services used?
Simply select an item (eg a file on the desktop or text in a document), then the application menu (to the right of the Apple menu), choose “Services” and then the service available at that moment.
Services are available in different applications. In Safari, for example, we can select a piece of text on a web page and call up services that allow us to perform various operations. Among the services available, one of these allows you to choose a voice (such as Luca for Italian) and save the selected text fragment as an audio piece. A different service allows you to search for the currently selected word on Google.
You can customize the services by opening System Preferences, selecting Keyboard, from here the “Shortcuts” and (on the left) “Services” section. From here you can select the items to be made available in the list of services or deselect the items to be removed. Items appear in the app’s services list only if they are relevant to the app or activity. From this section of System Preferences, you can also create keyboard shortcuts to avoid using the Application Services menu.
Among the applications that can be used to create new services automationthe standard utility in the operating system that allows the Mac to perform repetitive tasks and run custom action scripts.
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