I Love Quicksilver’s easy Microsoft opener
Why would I need this?
To save yourself extra steps. The sheer drudgery of opening Word, Excel or PowerPoint, and then taking your fingers off the keyboard (please don’t tell me you use your mouse or trackpad to open applications) and navigating to the
File > Open Recent menu to find and select the recently opened file you want to work in adds up over time, like drag on an airplane flight.
How do I …
Activate Quicksilver. (If your Quicksilver looks different, note that I’m using Quicksilver’s Nostromo interface; go to
Preferences > Plugins to find and install. Then go to
Preferences > Appearance to select and customize the interface. Nostromo is one big interface by the way. Click on one of the screenshots below to see its full size.)
Microsoft Word until it appears in Quicksilver‘s first pane. Remember that you can type parts of an item name. In the screenshot below, I’ve simply typed
wor, but typing
oood will match too.
With our Microsoft Office application in the first pane, we can press
/ (slash) or press right-arrow to access the recently opened files list.
The results window will show after a briefly delay (unless you’ve changed your settings in
Preferences > Command > Results), listing those files. (By the way, your results window is resizable.) You can use down-arrow to go down the list. Even faster would be to type a few letters of the file you want.
That results window is preventing us from seeing which action is chosen. Pressing
escape hides the results window and lets me see that
Open is the selected action. Cool! I don’t even have to tab over to the second pane, I can just press
enter and open Word and the file I want.
And I can do this with Excel and Powerpoint as well. Did I ever tel you how much I love Quicksilver? I love Quicksilver.
Why doesn’t it work on my machine?
This works for Microsoft Office 2008 and 2011. 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:
- Microsoft Office Plugin