I already discussed the basics of Hazel in a previous article and in this, I’ll go into more advanced features of Hazel and how does it excel in automating stuffs for you.
Remember that Hazel does nothing but watching the folders where you have assigned rules. For an example, you can create a rule that whenever a new PDF file is downloaded in your download folder, the same will be opened by Adobe Reader by default.
The best way of getting accustomed to the functionality of Hazel is to download the trial version of the same and nurture it. There are a few sample rules which come along with Hazel, however, it will be easier for you to understand things once you create and use a few of your own.
Let’s start with a possible action that you can take on the Downloads folder of your system. You should see a “+” sign at the bottom of the left side of the interface of Hazel. There should be a dropdown window as well through which you can navigate to the Downloads folder and select the same. Now, make a click on the “+” button that you see under Rules and create the conditions that you will like to use.
I think that the toughest part of using Hazel is setting up all the rules and then testing out those. A rule may not only be applicable to a folder, but, you can create some for sub folders and files as well.
Make sure to watch out all the rules you create and also carefully assign if a rule should be applicable to all, any or none of a specified folder or file. There are several conditions to choose from while creating a rule and those are mostly the ones that we generally do in our system.