Launching local apps on Mac

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Please note that the steps for both options described in this article must be performed individually on each device you want to configure this on.

 

Introduction

Local apps on Mac are only accessible via Workspace on the device which they are installed to. In order to enable local applications from the Workspace, there are two options: using Apple's "Shortcuts" app or using "SwiftDefaultApps".

 

Option 1: Shortcuts

  1. Open Shortcuts
  2. Click the + icon in Shortcuts, a new window will open
  3. Add the Open App action to the flow
  4. Select the app you wish to open
  5. Give the flow a name
    • Special characters or spaces are not allowed
  6. Go to the workspace and create a new Shortcut tile in the App store
    1. As the "Default web page", enter: shortcuts://run-shortcut?name=[name]
      • Replace [name] with the name of the flow you created
    2. Set the "Destination" to Current window
  7. Add the app to a tile group

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Option 2: SwiftDefaultApps

  1. Download and install SwiftDefaultApps
  2. Open SwiftDefaultApps and click URI Schemes
  3. Enter a name for the shortcut in the bottom left, this must be unique
  4. Click the new URI Schema and select Other, a new window will open
  5. Select Applications and choose the application you want to link to the shortcut
  6. Go to the workspace and create a new Shortcut tile in the App store
    1. As the "Default web page", enter: [name]://
      • Replace [name] with the name of the URI schema you created
    2. Set the "Destination" to Current window
  7. Add the app to a tile group

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