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Use Quicksilver to Launch Applications With Hotkeys

Geek Tip: Use Quicksilver as Your Application Launcher

For all you Mac users, I have quite the hotkey tip if you're not already using it. Quicksilver for Macs is a quick way to open up applications and documents just by using your keyboard. More than just an application launcher, you can also move and delete files within Quicksilver.

Here's how it works: Download the program from and once installed, launch the program and set the hotkeys to a combination that's easy for you remember (for example, I use Apple plus spacebar). Use this hotkey and then start typing the name of the application or document that you want to open, and it shows up on your screen. Press enter to open, and there you are!

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macgirl macgirl 8 years
I've been using Quicksilver for a really long time. I tried using the spotlight option but I just don't love it like Quicksilver. Like jdots24 I hate it when I sit down on a machine without it ;-)
isobelstevens isobelstevens 8 years
Downloaded! I love it.
ovenmitt ovenmitt 8 years
i used quicksilver for over a year until i upgraded to leopard. spotlight was supposed to offer the same function but in tiger was just TOO SLOW. now it's FANTASTIC! neither my husband or i reinstalled it after we upgraded.
beingtazim beingtazim 8 years
thanks for this tip - i'm downloading it now!
julieulie julieulie 8 years
PC users, get Launchy. You can set it up to scan any file, folder, all your files, etc., and then type in what you want, and it will open it in the program that you want. I <3 Launchy.
literatured literatured 8 years
Sounds great to me, downloaded :D
kitkatherine kitkatherine 8 years
that is great!
jdots24 jdots24 8 years
This is one of my favorite tools, I use it all the time! I even get slightly annoyed if I'm on a mac and I try and use quicksilver and it's not there! It is so useful and does so many things!
x_juicyfruit x_juicyfruit 8 years
That's pretty cool. It makes me wish I owned a Mac, lol.
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