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You can use LaunchBar (or any other launcher/searcher-type app) to quickly search your Gmail by opening the configuration (go to 'Open Configuration,' or hit Command-Y). Scroll down the indexing rules and select Search Templates. Hit Add and title it what you'd like (I chose gmail). For the Details, enter:
http://mail.google.com/mail/?search=query&view=tl&start=0&init=1&fs=1&q=*
Now, you can open LaunchBar and type gmail query. When you hit Enter, your default browser will open with your requested search. This URL can be used in any other URL-based search tool as well, simply replace the * at the end of the query with that required for the specific software. For example, in Inquisitor, the url would be:
http://mail.google.com/mail/?search=query&view=tl&start=0&init=1&fs=1&q=%@
[robg adds: For Butler, just put everything through the last equal sign into the Prefix block for a new search engine; leave the Suffix block empty. Assign an abbreviation and/or a hotkey, and you're done.]
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Search Gmail via LaunchBar and similar apps
Authored by: Zoltak on Mar 09, '06 09:35:25AM

Nice tip, thanks for the Butler directions Rob.



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Search Gmail via LaunchBar and similar apps
Authored by: Peeja on Mar 09, '06 01:45:31PM
Or, for Quicksilver:
http://mail.google.com/mail/?search=query&view=tl&start=0&init=1&fs=1&q=***


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Search Gmail via LaunchBar and similar apps
Authored by: shryn on Mar 09, '06 02:34:03PM

What would I need to do to add this search to QuickSilver?

Thanks.



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Search Gmail - Quicksilver specific Trigger setup
Authored by: lantrix on Mar 10, '06 06:07:55AM
I set it up as a WebSearch Catalog, then a trigger to search my Gmail WebSearch Catalogue.

First read this primer on triggers in Quicksilver. You wont regret it. Then install (if you don't already have it) the "Web Search Module":
  • QuickSilver - Preferences - Plug-ins.

  • Next Add a new Catalogue:
  • Quicksilver - Preferences - Catalog - + Button - QSWebSearchSource
  • Under "Source Options" tab of your new catalog, use + Button, and type in the URL field:
    http://mail.google.com/mail/?search=query&view=tl&start=0&init=1&fs=1&q=***
    On the "Attributes" tab of your new catalog, change the field called "QSWebSearchSource" to something like "GmailSearchSource"

    Now using what you learnt in the excellent above primer on triggers goto:
  • Quicksilver - Preferences - Triggers - + Button
  • A window pops up
  • click in "Select an Item" pane, type in your Catalog name, i.e.: GmailSearchSource
  • click in the "Action" pane and use your arrows keys to select "Search for..."
  • Press Enter


  • You now have a new trigger.

    Now double click on the word "None" in the trigger column next to your new trigger. Choose yourself a hotkey. This key combo works from ANYWHERE in your OS and opens a Quicksilver search box ready to type in any word/s to search in your gmail account.


    HTH.

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    Search Gmail - Quicksilver specific Trigger setup
    Authored by: shryn on Mar 12, '06 01:42:47PM

    Lantrix,

    Many thanks for the excellent walk-through. Works like a dream.

    shryn



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