I Love Quicksilver’s quick reminders
Why would I need this?
Sometimes I just to dash off a quick reminder — Call Hakim at 6 — and I don’t want to open a full-blown app or I want something even quicker than the pretty quick TinyAlarm. (Which reminds me, I really need to donate. I’ve been using it happily for years now.)
How do I …
Quicksilver, my love. Activate it by pressing
control-space, press period to enter text mode, and type your reminder. Press tab to move to the second pane, begin typing
Speak Text until that action appears.
control-enter. Note that this doesn’t run the action, but puts the whole thing (your reminder and action) in the first pane. Because this is an action now, the second pane now shows the
Run action. Screenshots below. (I’m using the Flashlight Interface. It’s available via Quicksilver > Plugins menu and can change Flashlight’s colors via Quicksilver > Preferences > Appearance.)
We don’t want the
Run action because it will run the reminder right now and we want the reminder to run later. While in the second pane, press the down arrow key to see other available actions. In the screenshot below, my cursor is on the
Run after Delay… action, and there is now a third pane. Before we go to the third pane, note that
Run at Time is also listed in the available actions. Press tab to navigate to the third pane and enter the amount of time to delay before running our action. We can use h, m and s for hours, minutes, and seconds, respectively;
1h 20m 2s would delays 1 hour 20 minutes and 2 seconds.
I’m demoing the
Run after Delay action, but it would make more sense to use the
Run at Time action for this reminder. And there could be problems with having our reminder spoken to us. What if we go to the bathroom or walk away from the computer? If a reminder is spoken and no one is around to hear it … ?
Using the same steps, let’s use the
Large Type action instead.
So we can see this at 6:
This reminder will be much larger on your computer screen.
Why doesn’t it work on my machine?
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)
You may need to enable the
Speak Text action. (See screenshot below.)