Many have tasted the increase in productivity by using Quicksilver as their Application launcher. Some even built more Quicksilver skins to make it look nicer. But only a few realized that there are still more Quicksilver actions available for them to use.
As one of the Quicksilver’s big fans, here I am with full enthusiastic, presenting default actions and cool tricks that you can do with Quicksilver.
Listed below, 40 default Quicksilver actions.
|1||Open||Open Selected Item|
|2||Open With…||Open Selected File with Selectable Application|
|3||Always Open Type With||Assign Default Quicksilver Application for Selected File Type|
|4||Reveal||Open File’s Enclosing Folder|
|6||Copy To…||Copy File to Selected Destination|
|7||Move to Trash||Delete Selected Files|
|8||Move To…||Move Selected File to Designated Folder|
|9||Delete (Erase)||Permanently Delete Selected File|
|10||Get Info||Show Get Info Pane of Selected File|
|11||Get File URL||Get Complete URL to the Selected File|
|12||Get File Path||Get Finder Path to the Selected File|
|13||Get File Location||Get Location of Selected File|
|14||Make Link In…||Create Link of Selected File in Selectable Place|
|15||Make Alias In…||Create Alias of Selected File in Selectable Place|
|16||Relaunch||Quit and Open Application Again|
|17||Toggle Application||Hide/Unhide Selected Application|
|18||Activate||Bring Selected Application to Front Window|
|19||Quit Others||Quit Other Applications|
|20||Hide Others||Hide Other Applications|
|21||Quit||Quit Selected Application|
|22||Hide||Hide Selected Application|
|23||Open at Login||Add Application to Start Up Item|
|24||Do Not Open at Login||Remove Application from Start Up Item|
|25||Eject||Eject Selected Disk|
|26||New Folder…||Create New Folder Inside Selected Folder|
|27||Make New…||Clone Item on Selected Folder|
|28||Get Info||Show Get Info Pane of Selected Folder|
|29||Large Type||Display the Huge Text|
|30||Speak Text (Say)||Echo Words in the Text|
|31||Create File…||Create File from the Text|
|32||Type Text||Type Text on Current Working Place|
|33||Run as AppleScript||Run Text as AppleScript Command|
|34||Display Dialog||Display Text as Quicksilver Dialog|
|35||Open URL||Open Defined URL with Default Web Browser|
|36||Open URL With…||Open Defined URL with Selectable Web Browser|
|38||Compose New Message to Defined Recipient (mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org)|
|39||Show Entry in Catalog||Show Selected Item in Quicksilver Catalog|
|40||Rescan Catalog Entry||Rescan Quicksilver Searchable Items|
Grab All Links
If you’re one of the web addicts out there, you will find this trick very useful, which you can grab all the links on the designated site url by only typing several letters.
Here’s how to do it:
- Open Quicksilver
- Type . [dot] followed by the site url, e.g. www.usingmac.com
- Press Escape and you will see a big blue globe is selected
- Hit the → and wait a while for Quicksilver to generate all the links
- Use ↓ to see all the links
The Comma Tricks: Select Multiple Items
Some Quicksilver Skins, such as Bezel and Primer, support selection of multiple items. After selecting one item, you can press Comma and you will be able to select other item. This will help you batch process several items at the same time.
For shortcut fans, there is a module inside Quicksilver to help you assign universal shortcut to perform your Quicksilver action with single keystrokes. Usually, I use this to trigger my Application, e.g. Command-Control-Option-P to open Photoshop.
Here’s how to do it:
- Open Quicksilver
- Go to Quicksilver Preferences Pane by using keystrokes Command-Comma
- Select Triggers section
- Choose Custom Triggers
- Find the add (+) button near the bottom pane
- Add Hotkey and assign new trigger for it
- Your new trigger should now appear on the Custom Triggers Pane
Browse Hidden Items
When you’re browsing with Quicksilver, you can hold down Option key to reveal all hidden items.
With these many Quicksilver tricks, I am pretty much sure that you will get a productivity boost in the very near future.