What separates average Mac users from Mac power users? It’s not how well we know our way around various applications. Rather, it’s more how we use those applications. Point and click. Or, keyboard shortcuts.
That’s the key. The keyboard. That’s been the key to more Mac productivity and efficiency since the early days of keyboard shortcuts. The less you point and click, the more power ends up in your hands. If you’re ready for more power and think you can handle it, this is the app to try.
No Point To Click
One of the most difficult facets of becoming a Mac power user is simple. It’s just not easy. The road to Mac power user status begins with letting go. Letting go of the mouse and trackpad in favor of the keyboard. That’s where Quicksilver, a Mac launcher, searcher, file browser utility is unlike anything resembling the Dock or Finder. It’s keyboard centric. Quicksilver works a bit like the Mac’s built-in app switcher. Command-Tab to view open apps and switch from one app to another.
But Quicksilver does more than open or switch apps. Hit the keyboard combo and Quicksilver smacks the screen with context sensitive options, based upon what you type.
Quicksilver is intuitive but only when you understand what goes on when you invoke Quicksilver to the screen, and realize that your fingers tell it what to do. No pointing. No clicking. That can be disconcerting at first because we have been taught from the early days of our Mac youth to point and click.
What you get in exchange for the discipline to use the keyboard is speed; instant access to apps, files, documents, Contacts, iTunes, Calendar, URLs, even files and folders which normally would be accessed using the Finder. All from the keyboard.
Wait a minute. Isn’t Spotlight in macOS kinda sorta maybe the same thing? The answer is yes. And no. Spotlight knows where everything is– files, folders, documents, apps– but isn’t very smart, and treats every request like it’s the first request you’ve ever made.
Quicksilver is more focused and provides you with on-screen options tailored for how you work and is much faster as specific, user-centric tasks than Spotlight. It doesn’t just open Contacts. It finds the contact information you want. Spotlight finds. Quicksilver does.
What you end up with is an integrated utility that forces you off the trackpad or mouse, and makes you immediately more productive by keeping your hands on the keyboard. Based upon what you type Quicksilver displays just the right action items to improve your focus, improve efficiency, and avoid the stress and strain of constantly moving your hands and fingers from keyboard to mouse or trackpad and back again.
Keyboard usage is what separates the average Mac user from the power user, and Quicksilver is one powerful arrow in the quiver. Did I mention that Quicksilver is free? And, that it comes with a bunch of useful plugins to fully customize your workflow?
How forgetful of me.