Quicksilver is the first app I install on any Macintosh.
With Quicksilver you press the Apple key once and a window appears on top of everything else. From this window you can pretty much do anything: launch an app, find a file, find a contact, email someone, you name it. Here’s how to get it going…
1. Download Quicksilver from here: http://qsapp.com/download.php
2. Run though all the setup screens to set it up, notice that the ‘hotkey setup’ defaults to Apple-Space. I like to change this to just Apple, but you do this a little later in the setup process.
3. Press Apple Space to launch Quicksilver, and click on the little triangle in the top right corner and select ‘Preferences’
4. In the ‘Command’ tab select the box that says Modifier-only Activation. (Se Below) This was my personal suggestion and they implemented it. It’s not enable by default as it goes against Apple’s guidelines for the use of Modifier keys, but what it does is that if you just press the apple key briefly, it launches Quicksilver.
5. Quicksilver is now up and running.
Let’s try it. Press and release Apple key: The Quicksilver window appears. From there you can do all sorts of things:
The list goes on and the more you use it the more surprises you will find.
There are plugins that you can access from Quicksilver preferences to give even more options to quicksilver, e.g. address book, iTunes, mail, calculator.
You can customise the catalog in Quicksilver Preferences to include more or less of your files and folders.
There are forums everywhere on people’s favourite ways to use quicksilver, here’s a good one:
My advice is give it a full week trial before you delete it – it takes you a while to get addicted to it. You’ll never go back!