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10.4: Create tab clones via a keyboard shortcut Apps
Tiger only hintMy latest beta of Quicksilver (QS) crashed while I was in Safari, and I kept hammering down on the Command-Space key combo (my setting to activate QS, not Spotlight) before I realized this. The QS dialog did not appear, but what I did notice was that new tabs were appearing in my Safari Tab row.

For this to work, the focus must be in the location bar (mouse click somewhere in the address area, or hit Command-L), and you can't have Command-Space assigned to any other function. Type Command-Space and watch a new tab appear with the same page as the current tab. This also works when there are no tabs open on screen.

I haven't seen this hint before, so I'm hoping it's a new one.

[robg adds: This only works in 10.4, which seems odd -- why add a new feature that's assigned to a keyboard shortcut that's owned by Spotlight? I think that few people change their Spotlight shortcut, which is what you'll need to do if you want to use this trick.]
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10.4: Create tab clones via a keyboard shortcut
Authored by: steinah on Apr 18, '06 08:20:32AM

Actually, command+space opens a new tab (without switching from current tab) to whatever URL is currently in the location bar. With this page open, click the location bar and type "apple.com" and hit command+space. The new tab that opens is Apple's page. I guess it's useful if you want to go to a site after looking at the current site, but want it to load in the background.



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10.4: Create tab clones via a keyboard shortcut
Authored by: joab on Apr 18, '06 08:41:50AM

You can just press command + return to get the same effect if you have spotlight/quicksilver/whatever mapped to that key combination.



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10.4: Create tab clones via a keyboard shortcut
Authored by: vole on Apr 18, '06 09:02:23AM

The above hint (open whichever URL is in the address bar) works for the Google bar, too...

What is strangest, I think, is that the command + space combo has long been (before quicksilver OR spotlight) the default to switch between keyboard layouts. We must be running out of keys!



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10.4: Create tab clones via a keyboard shortcut
Authored by: fitzage on Apr 18, '06 10:50:19AM

Yes. I don't even remember what I changed Spotlight to. I've been using command-option-space, the other default to switch between keyboard layouts (command-space goes the other direction) and command-space for first f12 launch studio, then LaunchBar, then Quicksilver.



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10.4: Create tab clones via a keyboard shortcut
Authored by: craftyc on Apr 18, '06 09:52:42AM

This tip doesn't seem to work if you have Butler assigned to that key combo.



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10.4: Create tab clones via a keyboard shortcut
Authored by: Syco on Apr 18, '06 11:31:23AM
You can use launchd to keep Quicksilver open, even when it crashes. Put this in a file named com.blacktree.QuicksilverOpener.plist in ~/Library/LaunchAgents/.
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<!DOCTYPE plist PUBLIC "-//Apple Computer//DTD PLIST 1.0//EN" "http://www.apple.com/DTDs/PropertyList-1.0.dtd">
<plist version="1.0">
<dict>
        <key>Label</key>
        <string>com.blacktree.QuicksilverOpener</string>
        <key>OnDemand</key>
        <false/>
        <key>ProgramArguments</key>
        <array>
                <string>/Applications/Quicksilver.app/Contents/MacOS/Quicksilver</string>
        </array>
</dict>
</plist>
Then, in Terminal, run: launchctl load ~/Library/LaunchAgents/com.blacktree.QuicksilverOpener.plist

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10.4: Create tab clones via a keyboard shortcut
Authored by: _merlin on Apr 18, '06 06:24:45PM

Why does everyone want to reassign command-space all the time? Since System 7, command-space has been for switching input scripts. Now it clashes with Spotlight, Butler, Quicksilver and even Safari! When will the madness stop?



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10.4: Create tab clones via a keyboard shortcut
Authored by: dogboy on Apr 19, '06 03:16:11AM

The madness is in having the default be input method switching.
This key combo is way too good to use for something like that (and yes, I do switch layouts. It's just that I don't need a key for something I only do a couple times a day)



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10.4: Create tab clones via a keyboard shortcut
Authored by: _merlin on Apr 19, '06 04:10:51PM

Your primary input method is single-byte Western European, isn't it? If you have to use a multibyte or Unicode keyboard layout/input method, you'll find that OSX regularly switches you back to a Western European keyboard layout for no apparent reason. You're constantly having to switch back. Command-space is convenient for something you have to use every few minutes.



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10.4: Create tab clones via a keyboard shortcut
Authored by: jbayl on Apr 19, '06 07:21:59AM
To make this helpful to all you people griping about the keys chosen, simply try Command-return. It does the same thing.

It's just like holding command down and clicking a link to open that link in a new window (or tab). Anytime you are going to go to a webpage (whether from the URL bar, the google toolbar, etc.) you can hold command down to open it in a new tab behind the current one without activating your new page.

Similarly, you can hold down command and click links in Mail (and Preview, I think, maybe elsewhere too) and it will open those pages in Safari (if it is your default browser) without switching focus out of Mail. I use this all the time to open multiple links in an email without having to switch back and forth between the programs.

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