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10.4: Launch Dashboard Widgets using QuickSilver Apps
Tiger only hintThis is pretty basic, but it's a much nicer way of launching Widgets than the somewhat clunky interface that Apple currently provides.

Just add the /Library/Widgets and your user's Library/Widgets folders to Quicksilver's catalogue, and set the scan depth to 1. Once QuickSilver has scanned these folders, you'll be able to launch widgets via QuickSilver. Much better.

This should also work in other launchers like LaunchBar or Butler.

[robg adds: In Butler (b25), you'll need to do a bit of work to enable this ability, since it doesn't treat Widgets like applications. Create a new container (call it "Wiget Stuff" or whatever). This can be in either the This Mac or Invisible Items sections. Inside that container, add two new File items -- one each for the top-level and user-level Widget folders. Check the box to search for abbreviations, and set it to one level of recursion. You can also check the "Only list files with this extension" box and enter wdgt (though there really shouldn't be anything else in that folder). Quit and restart Butler to let it rebuild the abbreviation list, and you're done. A future Butler update may treat Widgets like applications, meaning you wouldn't need to take this step).]
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10.4: Launch Dashboard Widgets using QuickSilver
Authored by: BulbVivid on Jun 23, '05 03:12:00PM

What's cool is that Quicksilver still works behind the Dashboard layer. Invoke Dashboard, hit Quicksilver's keyboard command, and launch whatever widget you want. Sweet.



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10.4: Launch Dashboard Widgets using QuickSilver
Authored by: joebeone on Jun 23, '05 03:24:43PM

In LaunchBar, this opens multiple instances of the calculator widget (didn't test other ones)... and they're a pain in the ass to remove from the dashboard.



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10.4: Launch Dashboard Widgets using QuickSilver
Authored by: feaverish on Jun 23, '05 04:35:38PM

Quicksilver also launches another instance of the widget. But you can remove them by holding Option as you hover over them. The little circled "X" appears and you can make them disappear without opening the Dashboard bar.



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10.4: Launch Dashboard Widgets using QuickSilver
Authored by: dreid on Jun 23, '05 05:51:01PM

You can avoid this double opening behavior in quicksilver the same way you avoid it with .term files, using the Open With action instead of just open, so Quicksilver->Name of Widget->Open With->Dock and only one instance will be created.



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10.4: Launch Dashboard Widgets using QuickSilver
Authored by: lebigot on Nov 29, '05 06:27:33AM
This procedure creates yet another widget (google, dictionary...), with the current version of Dashboard and OS X, on my machine... Does anybody know a different way of not spawning an additional widget instance, when opening a widget with QuickSilver? This would be very handy for many of them!

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10.4: Launch Dashboard Widgets using QuickSilver
Authored by: BulbVivid on Jun 23, '05 09:44:01PM

If you just need to invoke the Dashboard layer to access a widget that's already open, then just use Quicksilver to invoke the Dashboard, instead of calling for the specific widget. I think this hint's a lot easier for launching widgets. I don't really leave many running at one time, but still use a few on occasion, and with this hint, I don't have to use the cumbersome strip at the bottom of Dashboard to open a widget I want to use temporarily.



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10.4: Launch Dashboard Widgets using QuickSilver
Authored by: osxfan57 on Jun 26, '05 07:58:03PM

Sounds great! But exactly HOW does one "[j]ust add the /Library/Widgets and your user's Library/Widgets folders to Quicksilver's catalogue, and set the scan depth to 1"? That's the step I can't figure out how to do...
Thanks.

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