I Love Quicksilver’s easy eject feature

Why would I need this?

Eject a disk, quickly, without using Finder.

You need more?

How do I …

Eject A Disk

Activate Quicksilver. (If your Quicksilver looks different, you’ve probably already changed your interface from the default interface.)

Below, we’ve got our usb drive in our first pane. We typed usb, but we also could have typed drive or ubdv or skipped other letters as we liked.


Press tab to navigate to the second pane of Quicksilver (which currently shows the Open action). There, we’ll begin typing eject until it appears. Below, you can see that ej was all we needed to type. (I could have also typed jt or jct or similar.)

All we have to do here is press enter and — as long as our Mac isn’t using any files on the disk — our disk will be ejected.


Eject Multiple Disks

There are a few ways to eject multiple disks. We’re only going to use one today; later in the series, we’ll look at another way to eject multiple disks.

Quicksilver comes with a preset Catalog item named Network and Removable Disks, whick is enabled by default. (You can see this item if you look in Preferences > Catalog > System > Devices.)

Below, we’ve typed nrdisks to search for the item. Quicksilver learns every time you search. I want to be able to type nrd in the future to find this item, so what I’m typing now is a good start. If I wanted instead to type remov and find this item, I should begin by typing that instead or something beginning with that, like removable or removdisk.

Below, our results window is open, and showing a > (greater than sign) on the right of our selection, indicating there are items contained in our selection.


When we press right arrow or / (slash), we get a list of items contained. The first disk is already selected …


When we press comma, the icon of the first disk is minized below our first pane. Pressing down arrow selects the second disk in our list.

If there were more than two disks, we could continue pressing comma and selecting disks until we had selected all disks we wanted to eject.

Instead of using Network and Removable Disks, we could have simply typed in the name of the first disk, pressed comma, then typed the name of the second disk.


Now we tab over to the second pane and type eject until it appears, then press enter.


Okay, honestly, can you believe an app does all this?

Why doesn’t it work on my Mac?

Note that in order to use these actions, you need to install the following plugins and you may need to change your Quicksilver preference settings:

  • (No plugins needed)

Wow/Meh. What else ya got?

This is part of a series of some of the ways I love and use Quicksilver. If you’re new to Quicksilver, check out the Quicksilver Setup Mini Guide for tips on configuration.

13. November 2014 by sojourner hardeman
Categories: geekery, how do i love thee quicksilver | Leave a comment

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