Submit Hint Search The Forums LinksStatsPollsHeadlinesRSS
14,000 hints and counting!

10.4: Create 'shortcut searching' in Spotlight System 10.4
Tiger only hintAll the hints for geeky complicated UNIX searches aside, a nice little feature of the pre-Tiger launcher applications was the ability to search with shortcuts. For example, typing "MW" would locate Microsoft Word in a search, or "QT" for QuickTime. Well, this functionality can be achieved in Spotlight.

By placing your desired shortcuts into the Spotlight Comment field in the Get Info dialog box of any application (or folder, or document, or EXIF data in pictures... you get the point), Spotlight will locate these items!

[robg adds: While this will definitely work, you will have to spend some time adding your shortcuts to each application. Personally, I'm quite happy that Butler works in Tiger (I presume QuickSilver and LaunchBar do too, but I haven't tested them). I use Butler to launch stuff, and Spotlight (grudgingly) when I need to find something in the Finder. Spotlight is a pretty good search engine, but, the launchers are much better at launching programs and opening documents quickly.]
    •    
  • Currently 2.33 / 5
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  (3 votes cast)
 
[5,755 views]  

10.4: Create 'shortcut searching' in Spotlight | 9 comments | Create New Account
Click here to return to the '10.4: Create 'shortcut searching' in Spotlight' hint
The following comments are owned by whoever posted them. This site is not responsible for what they say.
10.4: Create 'shortcut searching' in Spotlight
Authored by: kbradnam on May 19, '05 10:58:19AM

Launchbar (4.0.2) seems to work just fine under Tiger (though the advice on hiding the launchbar icon whilst running does not seem to work as it did on Panther). I've moved from being a Launchbar fan to a Butler fan but now back to Launchbar. The main reason being speed. On my 1.2 Ghz iBook, Launchbar can search my >6,000 song music collectionin seconds whereas Butler grinds to a halt.

Keith



[ Reply to This | # ]
10.4: Create 'shortcut searching' in Spotlight
Authored by: SmartMoose on May 19, '05 11:09:24AM

Slightly OT, but in response to the prior poster (Keith): Double-check that you did everything correctly in order to get LaunchBar to run without the dock icon - it *does* work under Tiger. In case you were working from memory, the full details as how to do it are listed in the "Tips & Tricks" section of LaunchBar's help system.

And to Rob: yes, LaunchBar does work under Tiger with the same speed and stability as it has on prior versions of OS X. For launching apps, it sure beats Spotlight.



[ Reply to This | # ]
10.4: Create 'shortcut searching' in Spotlight
Authored by: Azark on May 20, '05 10:39:48AM

I confirm that hiding the LB Dock icon works as before.

---
iMac G5 20" 1.8Ghz 1GB 10.3.8 /
PowerBook G4 12" 1.5Ghz 768MB 10.3.8 /
G4 400 AGP 768MB 10.3.8 /
G4 400 AGP 768MB OSX Server 10.3.8



[ Reply to This | # ]
10.4: Create 'shortcut searching' in Spotlight
Authored by: boredzo on May 19, '05 11:07:20AM

Quicksilver b41 works fine in Tiger.



[ Reply to This | # ]
10.4: Create 'shortcut searching' in Spotlight
Authored by: cnaughton on May 19, '05 01:49:31PM

I have no problems with the hiding of the Launchbar icon and I am also running Launchbar 4.0.2 in Tiger. In fact with some of the new features Launchbar has added I like it even more now then I did before. I also use spotlight quite a bit for searching for documents and using smart folders to manage project files.



[ Reply to This | # ]
I too am running Launchbar in Tiger
Authored by: PeteVerdon on May 19, '05 02:35:54PM

I only ever used LaunchBar for applications and that is how I use it on Tiger, called up with command-space. Alt-space is used for Spotlight for finding everything else - I've switched off Applications in the Spotlight preferences. This hybrid system works very well.

Pete



[ Reply to This | # ]
10.4: Create 'shortcut searching' in Spotlight
Authored by: vramin on May 19, '05 04:49:28PM

You can get the results you're looking for by serching for "m w" for Microsoft Word, or "q t" for quicktime player. Note that there is a space between the letters in the search string.



[ Reply to This | # ]
10.4: Create 'shortcut searching' in Spotlight
Authored by: qwerty denzel on May 20, '05 02:24:58AM

Yes, seems more logical.



[ Reply to This | # ]
10.4: Create 'shortcut searching' in Spotlight
Authored by: adrianm on May 20, '05 03:08:27AM

I just did a spotlight search of M W and Microsoft Word was the top app in the list.

Similarly, A M brings up my address book entry at the top (my name is Adrian Milliner).

Looks like spotlight handles first-letter searches quite well.



[ Reply to This | # ]