How to launch an application from the keyboard

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by erich8, Aug 10, 2006.

  1. erich8 macrumors newbie

    Aug 10, 2006

    I'm a returning Mac user (left at OS 9), and happy to be back! I've searched for a while at this and other forums and can't find the answer to this basic question - how to invoke a keyboard command to launch an application.

    I know there are all sorts of ways to invoke menu actions etc. from the keyboard (launch System Prefs, the Home directory, hide windows etc. etc.) - but I can't seem to figure out how to assign an application to launch with a simple keyboard command. Something like "apple - shift - 1" to start Word, or whatever.

    In the old OS 9 days there was a program called Program Switcher which I think did this. In XP today there's a great shareware app called "Blue Vade Hotkey" which does this well.

    Thanks. You have no idea (or rather, maybe you do) how truly terrific it is to be Mac, uh, I mean back.
  2. Kernow macrumors 65816


    Sep 30, 2005
    Have a go with Quicksilver.

    It is an application launcher (and much more), and you can assign hotkeys to launch apps. Hopefully this is what you need :)

    p.s. welcome back!
  3. pianoman macrumors 68000


    May 31, 2006
    a friend recently introduced me to quicksilver and i haven't gotten the chance to download it and figure it out, but it looks really cool. the kinda thing where you think "i don't need that" but then you have it and you say "how did i ever put up with not having this." that's the vibe i get.

    until you're ready for a lesson in quicksilver-onomics, spotlight is a good app (can you call it an app?) to use. just hit apple+spacebar and the spotlight window pops down from the menubar and then you can type in a few words and scroll down to your choice.

    from what i can tell, quicksilver works in the same way, but is more powerful, elegant, and has many many many more options. but spotlight should get you there until you can figure out quicksilver.
  4. erich8 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 10, 2006
    Thanks for the tips

    Thanks all, I will give quicksilver a go....
  5. ~Shard~ macrumors P6


    Jun 4, 2003
  6. d wade macrumors 65816

    d wade

    Jun 27, 2006
    Boca Raton, FL
  7. erich8 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 10, 2006
    Answering my own question

    Well, had a go with Quicksilver - let me say I love Macs! Great app. Took a while to figure out what I was trying to do but here's how it's done, for anyone that comes across this in the future:

    -Quicksilver -->Preferences --> Triggers -->Custom Triggers

    -Click the "+" to add a trigger and choose "Hot Key"

    -Search for the item (way cool), and then save.

    -Double-click the "none" under "Trigger" and set a keyboard combo

  8. discoforce macrumors 6502a


    Jan 27, 2004
    Vermont, USA
    I'd also highly recommend Butler.

    Love that little guy. :D

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