Sam Brown


Quicksilver Logo

Quicksilver is ‘an evolving framework for accessing and
manipulating many forms of personal data’. This may not sound very exciting but believe me, this application is invalueable.

I only came across quicksilver about a month ago. I had heard of it before, but thanks to that non-descriptive description they give, I never decided to download and give it a try. When I did, I wish I had done it months earlier. Quicksilver gives you an extremely nice and easy to use interface to find programs, documents and other files that you want to open.

What you do is set a hotkey to initiate the application, what you see after hitting that hotkey is below. My hotkey is CTRL+Space, once the application is open you simply type in what you are looking for and it will display a set of results. For example: pressing CTRL+Space then typing “sk” as shown in the image below highlights Skype as my most used program, or document begining with “sk”. Hitting enter will open that program.

If that isn’t what I was looking for, after a couple of seconds quicksilver drops down a list of other applications that (a) start with sk and then (b) have sk in them. In my example skEdit is second and Desktop & Screen Saver Preferences is third.

This is an incredibly useful applications. The more you use it the more helpful it becomes. CTRL+Space and typing “inv” and hitting enter brings up my invoices folder that is located in Hard Drive:Users:sam:Documents:Work:. CTRL+Space and typing “wo” brings up that Work folder.. a lot faster than all that double clicking I would have to be doing to navigate there.

What Quicksilver looks like.

Quicksilver, infact, is even quicker than moving the mouse and clicking on a shortcut icon on the desktop or in the dock. Especially for someone like me who uses the keyboard a lot!

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Sam Brown co-founded Iterate, and was previously VP of Design at Foursquare. Based in NYC.