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Mason
03-13-2011, 08:01 AM
Hi all.

I prefer to use the keyboard wherever possible and I'd like to know if it's possible to open applications using keyboard shortcuts?

There's plenty of info about workflow type shortcuts or how to change Cmd+Q to Option+Cmd+Q to quit an application but I'd like to be able to set something up to start Safari from the keyboard using, for example Option+cmd+S

Is this possible?

IvanLasston
03-13-2011, 10:04 AM
Try Quicksilver.
Blacktree (http://www.blacktree.com/)
It is not quite a hotkey launch - but you hit ctrl-space and just start typing. It's more powerful than just a command launcher but I found it is the quickest way to launch apps without a mouse.

You can also use cmd-space to bring up spotlight and just start typing the name.

Mason
03-14-2011, 07:07 AM
Thanks, I'll give Quicksilver a go although it pains me to have to use a third party program to do something that I consider should be part of the OS. :|

IvanLasston
03-14-2011, 10:25 AM
Application launching has always been a 3rd party type thing - even on windows - at least anything useful. cmd-space to bring up spotlight is built into the OS - it just isn't as fast as Quicksilver.

Check out this link
Lifehacker, tips and downloads for getting things done (http://lifehacker.com/#!247129/hack-attack-a-beginners-guide-to-quicksilver)
Although most people start using quicksilver as an application launcher - it is much more powerful than that.