Quicksilver goodness

Discussion in 'OS X and OS X Apps' started by ultratramp, Mar 21, 2007.

  1. ultratramp

    ultratramp Active Member

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    For all the Quicksilver users out there, I just learned about some new secret powers of QS. This one allows you to pull down any menu of any app that you access thru QS.

    What does this mean? Fire up QS using your selected keystroke, select an app, say Safari, hit Tab, then type menu (which users will know will soon be learned by QS as soon as you hit 'm'), then you see the Menu Bar menus.

    Once you get the hang of it you no longer have to shift from keyboard to your trackpad or mouse and then back. Its next best thing to memorizing the keyboard shortcuts (which some commands dont have.)

    Learned about it from The Merlin Show with more detailed instructions from here, which I'll quote:

    "Merlin Mann’s new episode of the Merlin Show posted yesterday teaches very powerful Quicksilver-Fu, enabling you to access the menu items of any application, as well as introducing the concept of proxies. These techniques belie the mistaken impression that Quicksilver is “merely” a program launcher — it is an application master. ;)

    What isn’t clear in the ‘cast is the settings, downloads, and brand of incense you need to burn in order to make all of that happen. I’m pretty sure the below covers everything, but let me know if I missed something.

    In Quicksilver

    To start, you’ll likely need to have “Enable Advanced Features” turned on in the latest-greatest version of Quicksilver.

    First, to enable proxies in QS preferences… Under Catalog > Quicksilver, turn on “Proxy Objects”, “Internal Commands”, and “Internal Objects”.

    To access menu items (and enable the Show Menu Items action), go under Plug-ins > All Plug Ins and scroll down to turn on “User Interface Access (+)”.

    In System Preferences

    Then go under your Mac’s System Preferences, to Universal Access, and turn on “Enable access for assistive devices” at the bottom."

    One more thing, let's use this thread for future QS updates.
     
    #1 ultratramp, Mar 21, 2007
    Last edited: Mar 22, 2007
  2. suavecito

    suavecito PhilMUG Addict Member

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    Didnt know that Quicksilver was that powerful. Very cool app, been using it for a year already and installed it on all Macs that i have used.
     
  3. hannibal

    hannibal Guest

    i just noticed that the latest version of QS conflicts with my spotlight. whenever i have QS activated, i can't seem to use spotlight. i am not so sure if this problem is exclusive to 10.4.9. anyone else experiencing this?
     
  4. ultratramp

    ultratramp Active Member

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    You mean version B51? I have no problem with it. What's the problem? Spotlight wont search?
     
  5. paparazzi

    paparazzi Well-Known Member

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    Try remapping your spotlight hotkeys to other combinations (mine is on OPTN+CMD+SPACE) because it conflicts with QS.
     

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