Quicksilver + Quicksearches = Ultimate Power


I’m often asked why I think so much of Quicksilver, and why it’s always part of my pitch when I’m trying to get someone to move to OS X. The reasons are legion, but if I had to pick one it’d be how I use Quicksliver to perform web searches. I show how I use them here in this short screencast.

As the title suggests, I use a combination of Quicksilver and Quicksearches. You need two things to get started:

  1. A number of Quicksearches in Safari

  2. Quicksilver’s Safari plugin enabled

From there you simply invoke your searches from Quicksilver by typing the name of the Quicksearch bookmark (see the video). I name all of mine “$SITE Quicksearch” to make it easy. Here are a few suggestions:

  • Google

  • Amazon

  • Wikipedia

  • Dictionary

  • Thesaurus

  • Pronunciations

You can also configure some more interesting searches like these:

  • Search your own website by searching Google for site:yoursite.com $TERM

  • Search your Google or Delicious bookmarks

  • Search Twitter (the most current of current news on a topic)

If you’re an OS X user and you’re not using Quicksilver Quicksearches, you should strongly consider incorporating them into your system. ::