How many clicks or keystrokes does it take you to launch your favorite web browser? How many seconds does it take?
Most Mac users just add Safari or Firefox to their dock and then when they want to go online, they reach for their mouse, look for the appropriate icon and then click it to launch the application.
Well, if you’re like me, after a while, you end up with over 2 dozen icons in your dock, and over 100 applications installed on your machine. Trying to find the correct icon in the dock (if it’s even there) becomes a tad tricky, especially if you only use that application once in a while.
The solution: a free utility called Quicksilver.
Quicksilver has been around for a while, but I just recently re-installed it and I can honestly say I don’t know how I went without it. With just a single keystroke (usually Ctrl + Space Bar), I can launch any application by typing in the first few letters of the application name – no mouse required. But that’s not all. I can also go directly to websites in my bookmarks, search for documents on my mac, or perform basic actions like finding a definition or performing calculations.
The following video does a pretty good job of explaining how to install Quicksilver and how to use it to speed up your day-to-day tasks:
If you own a Mac, I highly recommend you install Quicksilver and explore ways to save time using keystrokes instead of clicks. Remember, it’s free and only takes a minute to install.
Learn more about Quicksilver @ WikiPedia
Download Quicksilver @ BlackTree.com
Even more tutorials listed @ BlackTree.com