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10.6: Launch applications via keyboard shortcuts System 10.6
Snow Leopard makes it possible to create keyboard shortcuts to launch applications without using third-party application launchers.

To do so, create a Service using Automator with a single action to launch an application. Set the conditions of this service to receive "no input," and make it available in all applications. Save the Service and create a shortcut to it on the Keyboard Shortcuts tab of the Keyboard System Preferences panel.

Note that the shortcut will not work in apps (Firefox, for one) that don't support Services.
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10.6: Launch applications via keyboard shortcuts
Authored by: Zanax on Sep 17, '09 01:57:00PM

For quite a while now I've just used Spotlight as my Application Launcher. CMD Space, the first two or three letters of the app or doc, and bam. What could be easier?

I've actually taken all applications out of my dock so it only shows open apps.



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Sounds useful except that bit about some apps not supporting it
Authored by: hamarkus on Sep 17, '09 02:39:00PM

My favourite launcher is Sapiens, no precision with the mouse necessary, just draw something resembling a circle, type a two or three letters and hit enter.



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10.6: Launch applications via keyboard shortcuts
Authored by: boxcarl on Sep 17, '09 06:10:07PM

Universal services work everywhere, even Firefox. It's just the text based services that don't work in FF.



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10.6: Launch applications via keyboard shortcuts
Authored by: V.K. on Sep 17, '09 07:14:14PM

You are quite right. Thanks for the correction.



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10.6: Launch applications via keyboard shortcuts
Authored by: neuralstatic on Sep 25, '09 10:39:21AM

sapiens dos not work in 10.6 according to the developer.
nor does the excellently simple abfl2, and quicksilver is crashing on launch for me.
trying butler next, but that seems more than i want



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Need help with making this tip work: 10.6: Launch applications via keyboard shortcuts
Authored by: wjcarl3 on Jan 05, '10 07:57:27AM

Great tip, thanks, but I'm having trouble with the solution. I created and saved the automator service. I go to Keyboard Shortcuts tab in the Keyboard System Prefs window and I can see the new service I created. When I try to enter the shortcut key, however, it won't save it. For example, i try to assign F16 and I see it appear but it won't save. I don't have problems assigning and saving shortcut keys in other areas of the Keyboard Shortcuts. Thoughts on what might be causing this? Thanks in advance!



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Need help with making this tip work: 10.6: Launch applications via keyboard shortcuts
Authored by: rotomotor on Feb 22, '10 08:40:14AM

I found the solution to this with a Macbook Pro. I called Apple and found a workaround. I have been using HotApp on my G4 Powerbook and MDD since the stone age, and another app launcher before that. As I moved to the new world of 10.6, no more shortcut to launch safari, mail, and photoshop. Ouch! I tried the same instructions above but it didn't work. So, I called Apple and here is what I learned.

First, trash your system preferences file:
User/library/preferences/com.apple.systempreferences.plist

Now, it seems that the shortcuts that you can use are not the same as what HotApp would accept under 10.4.x I used to use a combination of the option key and a function key to launch my apps. That doesn't work here. I have found that using option+command+number works and I'm sure there are many other combinations. Function keys don't seem to work. I'm just looking for a great one-handed, minimum keystroke shortcut. Either way, it's working and I'm happy that it is.

You may have to restart after messing around with keyboard shortcuts before they work.

One last thing, double clicking on a keyboard shortcut in System Preferences - Keyboard - Keyboard Shortcuts doesn't do anything on my computer. However, if you click right on the field where the shortcuts go, you can enter it.

Good luck!



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10.6: Launch applications via keyboard shortcuts
Authored by: andreiru on Aug 21, '11 05:54:23AM

Better Touch Tool does everything perfectly. Gestures, keyboard shortcuts - you name it. It takes me a split second to launch or move into an app I want.



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10.6: Launch applications via keyboard shortcuts
Authored by: rsrs922 on Oct 28, '12 11:00:08AM

This app can be used for many things besides opening applications. First download BetterTouchTool at http://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/32953/bettertouchtool and make sure it opens on startup. Then open it. Once you have opened it, click on the menubar icon and click "Preferences". Click "Gestures" on the top and then "Keyboard". Then click "Add new keyboard shortcut" Click under "Keyboard Shortcut" and define your shortcut, and under "Predefined Action" drop down menu, click "Open Application / File / Script..." and a menu will come where you choose the application you want to open. Click on your desired application and then close the preferences window. That's it! You're done! By the way, this app can be used with gestures on trackpads and mouses and many other keyboard shortcuts.

Hope this helps!



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