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Sat 06 Aug 2005

Quicksilver to copy and paste bookmarked URLs

Category : mac and the internet

I started out using QuickSilver to open my less frequently accessed Applications, which had no shortcut keys assigned to them. I was happy enough, but there is more to Quicksilver than outpacing Spotlight on my 1GHz/1GB iBook.

Elizabeth Lawley (mamamusings) peeked at QuickSilver's potential in January 2005, and the memory of that prompted me to explore QuickSilver a little every now and then.

I have since abandoned my browser's bookmarks menu - if I remembered the page name, QuickSilver could call it up:

  1. "cmd-space" activates QuickSilver.
  2. Type the first few words of the page's title. E. g. "the b" calls up "The Biology Refugia".
  3. Hit "Enter", and Safari displays the page!

Its the fastest method I know, and works from any application such that I can keep my fickle train of thought if the load up time is fast enough!

I juggle more then 20 webpages or blogs and even more mailing lists, and often need to copy URLs for emails or blog posts. The additional step after QuickSilver calls up a page is "cmd-L-C-tab-V" - this copies the URL and pastes it back in my original application (cmd-Tab switching between apps).

There is an even better shortcut. After the URL is highlighted in QuickSilver, type "tab - down arrow three times - enter" (see image above). This pastes the URL into the current application! This is not only faster, it is works offline too.

Read Elizabeth's post to learn more and follow the links she lists.

Shortcuts like these are not just about saving seconds - they reduce tedium and bring delight to the process. It helps me avoid sloppy citations in emails or blogs.

I also tidy up after co-authors in the many shared blogs I edit. It probably takes a lifetime for them to compose the same citation so I am patient.

But with many of them are now mac users, its a joy to finally be able to share tips like these with them.

Could not resist adding the "about box" image on the left! How apt!

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