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I am looking for a way to open up applications without going to the dock, just using my keyboard. For example, how can I open up Safari by just using some quick keyboard shortcuts....do i need to download something in order to do this???
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You should download Quicksilver, my favorite OS X app of all time (and I'm not kidding).

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I honestly can't imagine my workflow without it. Best of all, it is free.

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command+space to open spotlight, type the beginning of the name of your app, arrow down one, hit enter.

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Yup, Quicksilver.
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Another vote for Quicksilver. I rarely open my Applications folder anymore.


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command+space to open spotlight, type the beginning of the name of your app, arrow down one, hit enter.
If you're on Leopard you could use the above method. I've heard of people not installing Quicksilver after installing Leopard. I just tried it using Tiger and Quicksilver is faster.

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just did it in tiger, works just fine...

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i dragged the apps folder into the dock next to the trash can, so when i click on it, its like a grid menu with all the apps, instead of going through the HDD

edit: sorry didnt completely read the post about not going to the dock. quicksilver should do wonders for you.
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I just use the default shortcuts, they are fast enough for me, I tried to use quicksilver, it just feels weird to use for me, it's nice.. but I just would rather press Command + Shift + A to get to my apps, I then press the apps letter on the keyboard and it'll open.

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