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What Utility Apps Do You Install on Every New Computer?
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What Utility Apps Do You Install on Every New Computer?

Nick Douglas, Gawker Media

Photo by Ade Olu Eletu / nappy

There are a few programs everyone knows to add to a new computer: Chrome, Spotify, Dropbox, some work apps like Excel or Photoshop. But many of us also have our favorite helper apps and utilities to customize our workflow.

I have a whole suite of helper apps, like Freedom , for blocking social sites when I need to work; Boom , for juicing up the volume on a laptop; and Bartender , a menu bar app for sorting all my menu bar apps. Over the first few weeks on a new computer, I eventually add them all.

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But I can't make it more than a day without Keyboard Maestro , a powerful automator for Mac that assigns tasks to keyboard shortcuts. I have a lot of text workflows, and I use Keyboard Maestro to fill out forms, start searches, bug my editors in Slack, and answer predictable emails with just a few keystrokes. My chosen shortcuts are baked into my brain as thoroughly as the ones for cut and paste.

What helper apps do you need as soon as you get a new computer? What "fixes" your PC or Mac? Give us a link so we can all enjoy them too.

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