I Love Quicksilver’s make alias and make hard link

Why would I need this?

Because it’s easier and faster to navigate your folder hierarchy via Quicksilver than via Finder, especially when the source file and the target folder are both nested a few folder levels deep.

How do I …

Woud you believe Quicksilver does this, too? It sure does.

Below, we’ve started searching for the item that we want to create an alias of. We could just type the name of the item if we remembered it (but we’re pretending we don’t). We do know it’s in the books folder, so we’ve typed that. (If your Quicksilver looks different, this is the Window Interface, which you can install via Preferences > Plugins. You can select and customize the interface in Preferences > Appearance.)


To delve into a folder and see its contents, we type / (slash) or down arrow, which we’ve done here. (Our results display is on the left this time because of where Quicksilver is on our screen.) The items in the books folder are displayed. We are only seeing 5 of the 6 items. We can resize the display if we want, or scroll down.


In this case, we’re going start typing tech, which is the name of the folder we want at this level. Since there are no other folders matching that search, we only see the tech folder.


Pressing / (slash) again shows us the contents of the tech folder. And we’ve selected the item we want to create an alias of.


The next step is to press tab to go to the second pane and choose our Make Alias In… action. Remember that we don’t have to type the complete name of a selection. We could have typed maain or malin or makal or similar and Quicksilver would have matched Make Alias In…. As you can see below, we only had to type al.


Now, we press tab again to go to the third pane and tell Quicksilver where we want to put the alias of our PDF.

This time, we aren’t going to navigate our folder structure; we begin typing read this month (the name of our destination folder) and Quicksilver finds our folder in four short keystrokes. Quicksilver learns as we use it. If we accessed this folder often, we might get to the point where simply typing r might result in this folder appearing first.


As soon as we press enter, our alias is created. We don’t have to check, but it is here:


One more thing. Quicksilver also creates hard links. I won’t demo that here; the process is exactly the same as we just covered. The action to create hard links is Make Hard Link In….

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)

To create hard links, you may need to enable the Make Hard Link In… action in Preferences > Actions.


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.

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

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