Automators 42: Toobox Pro with Alex Hay


Great show. Lots ideas to pursue. I’ve been trying to make the Create Menu Item but can’t seem to figure it out. I was able to make an SF Symbol icon and saved it to files. Want to use it in the menu item but I think I’m missing something.

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Did you expand the Create Menu Item action?

Yes. It creates the item. But then I. Not sure how to put it in to a menu list.

You need to use Add to Variable with each menu item (unless you’re creating them in a loop) and then Choose from List with that variable.

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Ah. That makes sense. But am I still missing something? The menu comes up but it doesn’t look any different from the menus of old. Here is my shortcut.

Thanks for taking the time on this.

To get the menu items to display the images and other data, Toolbox Pro uses a workaround – you need to change the data type from File to Contact

Hope this helps.

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Got it! That is way cool. Thanks Rosemary and Tony. And thanks Alex for ToolBox pro. A great extender of Shortcuts.


I think it would be a good idea to put my menu icons in Toolbox’s Global Variable. Instead of retrieving the file from iCloud each time I use the Shortcut.

Hiya, brilliant show as always. I especially like the multi instagram post shortcut but I am getting an invalid width error message ’ width can’t be higher than 800’ and I don’t understand where this would be coming from. Could anyone help?

Try this version: