More than a few Mac users have figured out a better way. Until Siri comes along to the Mac and can read our minds, there’s Liquid, a free Mac utility which gets you want you want and need by using the keyboard instead of point and click. It’s free. It works.
Simple, Not Easy
Change is hard. Going from my trackpad to a keyboard centric navigation method was incredibly difficult. It wasn’t easy because I had it ingrained into my fingers and hand and eyes and brain that navigating your Mac required the trackpad or a mouse because, you know, point and click.
Liquid is simple to use. But not necessarily easy to use unless you devote enough time and effort to get over the hill of tradition and into the valley of efficiency. This is all you get with Liquid.
Liquid is a keyboard-invoked pop up window that looks a bit like Spotlight but works better. It features shortcuts that let you search your Mac, search online, copy this or that, share with others, and much more.
All from the Mac’s keyboard by using visible– and much faster, once you get over the hill and into the valley of efficiency– keyboard shortcuts. That means you can start slowly and build up proficiency so Liquid may end up being your only way to navigate a Mac.
Here’s another example.
I suggest that you start slowly and get comfortable with a few keystrokes to open Liquid and use it for basic navigation, launching, and then progress to more esoteric functions. All those keyboard shortcuts are useful, but even with hints in each menu, there’s a mental change that must occur (your fingers will fight you).
In some ways Liquid is like the famed Quicksilver utility for the Mac. It’s free, fully keyboard centric, but with far more complexity and capability than Liquid.
Quicksilver’s interface is more customizable, too, and not as easily mastered.
Either application– the simple Liquid, or the more capable Quicksilver– can improve your workflow and efficiency by the simple act of getting your hands and fingers away from mouse or trackpad. Point and click is easy, but it’s not efficient.
Both Liquid and Quicksilver are free.