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Toggle Airport On and Off
Authored by: Michael_S on May 24, '11 09:10:57PM
Still not getting it - where would one need to do this so often that one needs a shortcut?

Every Mac comes with a mouse or trackpad, and to switch Airport I need basically one gesture: mouse-down on the Airport icon in the Menu Bar, drag down, mouse-up. No need to write and install a script, maintain Butler or some such, sync its config, and the script itself.

I use several Macs at home and work, occasionally in different user accounts, and experience has taught me that it's more efficient in the long run to learn what each system brings with it than to try futzing with custom UI add-ons. (I also drastically cut back reliance on shell aliases and such for exactly the same reason.)

If you're still bent on using the keyboard: Ctrl-F8 gets you to the status section of the Menu Bar, and arrow keys to the Turn Airport On or Off menu entry. Press Enter to toggle.

Alternatively: Leverage multiple Network Locations, and toggle them via the Apple menu -- Ctrl-F2 etc. This of course needs setup but also solves yet a different problem, and quite cleanly.

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Toggle Airport On and Off
Authored by: CHM on May 25, '11 06:23:51AM

Personally, my MacBook's Airport hangs a lot. It's old but I'm not ready to replace it yet. Turning Airport off then on again fixes the problem for a while. Rather than mousing up to the Airport menu bar icon, clicking, mousing down to "Turn Airport Off", clicking, then mouing back up, clicking the Airport icon again, mousing down to Turn Airport On, and clicking one last time, it is way faster to do a keyboard shortcut twice. It's also faster than all the keystrokes needed to do the same via the ctrl-F8 option.
In my case, I just got rid of the part of the script that makes it toggle power and just have the script turn it off and back on again. All by pressing 3 keys, just once.

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Toggle Airport On and Off
Authored by: Hmbucker on Dec 06, '11 06:16:23AM

The reason I want to be able to toggle it using short cuts is because I am using a huge extended desktop and tracking to the icon causes RSI in my case. I am on 2 networks at work, one which allows pop mail accounts and the other one doesn't. If I wan't to check my email accounts, I need to switch networks.

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