11 Replies Latest reply: Jan 9, 2010 8:55 AM by DaveBudd
Peter A. Level 1 Level 1 (145 points)
Is there a keyboard shortcut that would give me a date & time stamp in any application?

2009 MB Pro 13", Mac OS X (10.6.1), FW Port has Returned!
  • K T Level 7 Level 7 (23,700 points)
    System Preferences/Keyboard/Keyboard Shortcuts...

    If not there already, make one...
  • V.K. Level 9 Level 9 (56,130 points)
    Peter A. wrote:
    Is there a keyboard shortcut that would give me a date & time stamp in any application?

    what do you mean by that? do you want to open date and time system preferences pane from anywhere? or do you want to paste date and time anywhere you want to?
  • K T Level 7 Level 7 (23,700 points)
    There are 3rd. party applications that will help beyond what the system offers...not sure if it is SL compatible, but a good one is called 'TypeIt4Me'...
    http://www.ettoresoftware.com/products/typeit4me/

    You can use it most anywhere by typing in a short string, as an example, and letting it fill in whatever you've pre-configured - might be worth a look.
  • Peter A. Level 1 Level 1 (145 points)
    I know where to find Keyboard Shortcuts. I don't know what to write for the command.
  • K T Level 7 Level 7 (23,700 points)
    Standard keyboard shortcuts are mostly for menu commands - what you really want is a macro. See above about 'TypeItForMe' instead.
  • Peter A. Level 1 Level 1 (145 points)
    Nope (don't need to open prefs). Yes, I want to paste date and time anywhere I want to. My specific application is BusyCal. I would like to paste date and time in the notes portion of the event box.
  • Peter A. Level 1 Level 1 (145 points)
    You're right. I need a macro. Prefer to do with a hot key. Looked at TypeItForMe, didn't see macro for time and date.
  • Peter A. Level 1 Level 1 (145 points)
    Found a macro in Keyboard Maestro that did the trick. Thanks for the suggestions.
  • V.K. Level 9 Level 9 (56,130 points)
    Peter A. wrote:
    Found a macro in Keyboard Maestro that did the trick. Thanks for the suggestions.

    that's probably the best solution. you can also make a service using automator that will do this and make a keyboard shortcut to it. but it will be a tad slower than using Keyboard Maestro or a similar 3rd party tool (many will do that).
  • K T Level 7 Level 7 (23,700 points)
    Peter A. wrote:
    You're right. I need a macro. Prefer to do with a hot key. Looked at TypeItForMe, didn't see macro for time and date.


    From the TypeItForMe User Guide:

    'The Insert Menu'
    Inserting the current date:

    Select Edit Clippings... and click on the + ("add") button. A newabb/newclipping entry appears in the
    list, with newabb ready to be overtyped by the actual name you will invent for this new abbreviation.

    Type a name for this new abbreviation, for example, dtl could stand for date in long format and
    expand to Saturday, 26 January 2008. Now press the TAB key twice: once to move the the newclip
    ping field, twice to exit edit mode, as you will not be editing the clipping in the cell

    Now you need to change newclipping to a special syntax that will represent the date and or time i
    whatever format you wish. Click once on the dtl/newclipping line to select it, then press TAB: th
    cursor will be blinking in the right hand pane of the Clipping tab. Erase the word newclipping, the
    click on the Insert popup menu under the pane...
  • DaveBudd Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Hi

    Just found this thread as I was looking for exactly the same function, I've down laoded Keyboard maestro, could you tell me did you find a macro already in KM or did you have to create one , if so any chance you could let me have a copy

    Many Thanks