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Shortcat for Mac

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Key Details of Shortcat

  • Keyboard tool that lets you "click" buttons and control your apps with a few keystrokes
  • Last updated on 07/17/20
  • There have been 1 update within the past 6 months
  • The current version has 0 flags on VirusTotal badge_icon

Editors' Review

Download.com staff

Constantly having to reach for the mouse might be frustrating for keyboard-proficient users. Shortcat for Mac attempts to replace basic mouse functions by letting you use your keyboard to click UI elements.

The program installs easily and prompts you with a necessary Getting Started screen. It is strongly advised that you read the basic manual if you want to use Shortcat for Mac properly and not miss out on some of its features. Once installed, the program runs in the background and is triggered by a customizable keyboard shortcut. Once activated, a command prompt appears which lets you enter the first letters of the screen element you wish to click. Comprehensive overlays also appear to let you know when the desired element has been selected or if you need to be more precise. The interface is discreet. The biggest issue is that, at the beginning at least, it will surely take more time to effectively click an element with this program than with a trackpad. The program is still in beta and contains some bugs. Most clickable elements don't seem to be recognized every time.

Shortcat for Mac could be interesting only for keyboard-proficient users that are both reluctant to use a trackpad or mouse and are tolerant of bugs. This program is clearly not for the average user as it will prove to bring only marginal productivity improvements over a multitouch trackpad.

What's new in version 0.7.11

  • Resolved issue where overlay does not go away after use
  • Notarised the archive
  • Looking for experienced Mac devs/group to partner on the project. Please get in touch with me on Twitter (@chendo)

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Full Specifications

July 17, 2020
Latest update
July 17, 2020
Operating System
Mac OS X
Additional Requirements
macOS High Sierra | macOS Sierra | OS X El Capitan | OS X Yosemite | OS X Mavericks | OS X Mountain Lion | OS X Lion
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Developer's Description

Click buttons and control your apps with a few keystrokes.
Shortcat is a unique application that enables you to click without using the mouse. Shortcat is particularly suited to fast typists. You simply activate Shortcat with a keyboard shortcut, type a few letters that match the UI element you want to click on, and Shortcat will search the current active window (and menu bar) for matching elements. Shortcat leverages the Accessibility API, which is supported by all applications that come with Mac OS X and most applications.