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Customizing Another Launcher
Authored by: ddldreaming on Nov 28, '03 02:04:50AM

I've been a LaunchBar devotee for ages but I (grudgingly) decided to give Another Launcher a whirl. I'm really impressed with its flexibility! But I'm not sure I'll make the switch for good. AL's not that easy to figure out (preference dialogs like this really make me cry for tooltips) and has some clunky aspects. LaunchBar's method of abbrev-searching is both slicker and faster than AL's (even with "Always up-to-date" unchecked). I also notice that bringing up the app-search popup and then escaping out of it does not return text-entry focus to whatever field you were typing in (like this web form).

Anyway, the menubar/docklet icons it shows by default are easily (but not obviously) changed: they're hierarchically listed in its main "Customize" window. The hard drive icons are all displayed because the "Volumes" smart item is at the top level (which is easy to miss because it's grayed out!). It can be moved to another existing menu or removed entirely.

What I did was drag the Volumes item, and everything else except for "This Mac" and "Web Search", into "This Mac". I then changed the key assignments so that cmd-space brings up the application abbrev-search popup (a la LaunchBar), and ctl-space pulls down the "This Mac" menu. This leaves the menubar/docklet reasonably clean but everything is still accessible fast.

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