How to launch an app from Dock using the keyboard.

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  1. ZLurker macrumors regular

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    Does someone know if it is possible to launch an app that i placed in the Dock, only using the keybord?

    Thanks alot!
     
  2. munkle macrumors 68030

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    You can use Spotlight if you have Tiger, or the superb Quicksilver.

    If you go to System Preferences/Keyboard & Mouse/Keyboard Shortcuts you will see a list of system wide keyboard shortcuts. I think the default shortcut to focus on the Dock is ctrl-F3, of course you can change it to something more convenient. You can then use the arrow and enter keys to navigate across the dock.

    I'd go with Spotlight/Quicksilver though:)
     
  3. ZLurker thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks alot!
    The ctrl-F3 was just what I wanted.
    I use keyboard shortcuts like a maniac but i never used the preferens panel
    :eek:

    Well well, you live and learn....
     
  4. munkle macrumors 68030

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  5. RedTomato macrumors 68040

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    I use Butler - it's fab - I almost never use the Dock now.

    a simple press of ctrl-space, then type the first couple of letters of the name of the app i want, ant it gets launched.

    And it's free. (donations accepted tho)

    Butler does lots of other quicklaunch stuff, but I just ignore them, and only use the app launching capability.

    cheers

    .. RedTomato ..
     
  6. aznspyder macrumors member

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    Quicksilver is a lot like Butler, but I think Quicksilver is just cooler to use. I don't really use my dock either as I can just hit the key to activate QS and type the first few letters of the program.
     
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  8. Will Cheyney macrumors 6502a

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  9. ZLurker thread starter macrumors regular

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    This looks really interesting!
    Thanks alot,
    posting here on macrumors always pays off, its a great resource!

    /Zlurker
     
  10. James Philp macrumors 65816

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    I changed mine to ctrl-d.
    Just a suggestion.
    Also changed the menu shortcut to ctrl-m.
     

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