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Keyboard Shortcuts for opening applications

276 Views 7 Replies Latest reply: Feb 23, 2013 6:17 PM by alibi RSS
trludt Calculating status...
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Feb 12, 2013 10:35 AM

I was just curious if it was possible to be able to set up a keyboard shortkey that would enable you to launch your applications. Like Command+1 to open up safari. etc. Wanted to know if that was possible?

Macbook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.2)
  • baltwo Level 9 Level 9 (59,150 points)
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    Feb 12, 2013 11:39 AM (in response to trludt)

    Not that I'm aware of. The Dock allows one click launching, so why bother?

    27" i7 iMac SL, Lion, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2), G4 450 MP w/Leopard, 9.2.2
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    Feb 12, 2013 3:02 PM (in response to baltwo)

    What negativity! I’d like to program unused f-keys to launch programs. It was possible to do this in older OSs and in Logitech’s di Novo Keyboard Mac Edition. I’d like to press f-5 and have Mail launch.

  • Barney-15E Level 7 Level 7 (33,305 points)
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    Feb 12, 2013 5:15 PM (in response to trludt)

    There are various third-party launchers that could do that.

     

    I use Quicksilver. While I think you can create a trigger for certain things, it isn't really needed.

    As a launcher, it works similar to Spotlight in that you press a shortcut to activate it, then type a few letters of the app you want to launch. However, it remembers what you've used so you can cut it down to one or two characters to grab the app you want.

     

    Alfred is another launcher program.

  • baltwo Level 9 Level 9 (59,150 points)
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    Feb 12, 2013 10:15 PM (in response to alibi)

    And you're opinion is worth what? I find single-clicking Dock icons superior to using the keyboard or other app launchers for launching apps, that's why I posted. Another Dock option is to create AppleScript apps to launch other apps and then putting their icons onto the Dock.

    27" i7 iMac SL, Lion, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2), G4 450 MP w/Leopard, 9.2.2
  • alibi Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Feb 13, 2013 8:38 AM (in response to baltwo)

    Time and motion studies in terms of Gilbreth‘s therbligs do not favor your approach. The keyboard lies in the heart of the area of minimall motion requirements. The mouse requires more movement to accomplish the same task. It’s all in what’s comfortable with the user, regardless of efficiency, or what the user’s bent may be for finding other ways. Antagonistic responses are oxymoronic in terms of the definition of “help”: verb sap.

     

    Message was edited by: alibi . . . I needed to get around the program’s ill informed decency standards. “Bent” is a poor substitute for l*u*s*t.

  • alibi Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Feb 23, 2013 6:17 PM (in response to Barney-15E)

    Quicksilver solved my problem

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