Table of contents for Quicksilver configuration
- Setting Up Quicksilver’s 10 Most Useful Features Part 1
- Setting Up Quicksilver’s 10 Most Useful Features Part 2
Here is part two of the tweaks and configurations you’ll need to make to Quicksilver to make it a productivity powerhouse. The focus here is on the bare bones steps to get you up and running so you can see what all the Quicksilver hype is about because the program doesn’t come with a lot of the features preconfigured to work off the bat. Click here to see part 1.
- In Plugins: Install the Calculator Module
- Open Quicksilver and enter: “.” + “=” + <the equation>
- The period enables free text mode (ie it won’t try to find files
and applications while you type) and the equals sign puts in in
- In Plugins: Install the Dictionary module
- Open Quicksilver and enter: “.” + <the word>
- Tab over and start typing “dictionary”
8. Address Book Contacts and sending E-mails
- In Plugins: Install the Apple Address Book module as well as the
Apple Mail, Entourage, or Gmail module depending what you use
- Open Quicksilver and type the name of the recipient
- Tab over and start typing either “Email” or “Compose”
- In Plugins: Install the iCal module
- Open Quicksilver and enter: “.”
- Enter the name of the event and time information. iCal is pretty
smart and can decipher the key date and time info as long as you
keep to standard date formats
10) Proxies- Access to all menu items from the current application
- Insanely powerful feature. Most of the time you don’t know
keyboard shortcuts but you know pretty much what the name of the
menu item is that you want. Now you can just start typing that
in Quicksilver to call up any action in the program you’re in.
- In Quicksilver preferences
- In Preferences: Enable Advanced Options
- In Plugins: Install “User Interface Access+” module
- In Catalog>Quicksilver: Check Proxy Objects
- In your Mac System Preferences > Universal Access: Check “Enable
access for assistive devices”
- Open Quicksilver and type “Current Application” + Tab + “Menu bar
items”. If the corresponding commands show up, you are set up.
Hit tab again and type a command to issue your first proxy
- The final step eliminates the need to have to type the last two
commands every time by creating a trigger.
In Triggers > Custom: Create a new trigger for this sequence (it
should have the last action prepopulated when you create a new
one) and create a hotkey for the trigger (I use option+space).
* Bonus tip: Bookmark Training
- First, I recommend bookmarking all the sites you go to most
often. If you’re like me, you probably never bothered to
bookmark google.com, and other sites that you go to so often you
don’t even bother to bookmark. Having these in the system makes
it much more powerful.
- Go through the sites you visit the most and try calling them up
by starting to type their names in Quicksilver. A lot of them
probably won’t be the first result. You need to train them to be
the first result by selecting them one or two times.
- After doing this, you’ll be able to pull up any page instantly.
You’ll never want to even click to open your browser.
- *Note: You’ll want to rescan your catalog whenever you add a new
bookmark by hitting cmd+R to make sure it shows up.
* Super bonus tip: File/Text grabbing
- Now you can select a file or text and literally grab it right
into Quicksilver. Uses include picking a file and sending to
someone, selecting a URL and opening it, selecting a phrase and
sending it to a Google Search.
- In Preferences > Extras: Check “Pull selection from front
application instead of Finder
- Select some text or a file
- Open Quicksilver and hit cmd+G and the selection should show up
- *Note- it seems like it won’t grab text from some non-cocoa apps