does anybody NOT open apps this way?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by theman, Jul 27, 2011.

  1. theman macrumors 6502a

    Jul 26, 2007
    By far the best way to do it. I have CMD+space set to open spotlight. Hit that, type the first two (maybe 3) letters of the app name, hit enter. boom. app open in <2 seconds. I watched someone using a mac today actually open the Applications folder and browse to their app. waste of time.
  2. MacDawg, Jul 27, 2011
    Last edited: Jul 27, 2011

    MacDawg macrumors Core


    Mar 20, 2004
    "Between the Hedges"
    Everyone has their own workflow
    I have my apps on the dock... one click, boom, app open
    Why waste the time for CMD+space and typing three letters and enter? Waste of time
  3. pcmxa macrumors regular


    Apr 9, 2011
    your way:

    photoshop have to type photosh
    after effects never is first choice
    Flash CS5 never is first choice
    lightroom 3 have to type lig
    premier have to type prem

    so while many applications do come up in a few keystrokes, for many of my most used applications it either doesn't work at all or takes many keystrokes, plus constantly having to visually verify in an ever updating list that the right app is being chosen. Or I can just use launchpad or the dock and do it in a single click and absolutely know it is going to work.

    computers should be flexible to accommodate what each person thinks there best workflow id.
  4. Robo6675 macrumors newbie

    Apr 12, 2011
    That's by far the fastest way to do. Assuming it's not in your dock and that your not one of those people that has every single app in the dock already...that drives me NUTS to see that.
  5. old-wiz macrumors G3

    Mar 26, 2008
    West Suburban Boston Ma
    I put apps I use regularly in the dock; this is a one click operation.
    Never bother with spotlight, period.
  6. Contiguous macrumors member

    Jul 22, 2011
    Doesn't anybody use Quicksilver anymore? What a beautiful program. I used it before upgrading to Leopard and found Spotlight to be very disappointing in comparison.
  7. jbjones85 macrumors member

    Feb 6, 2011
    I use a combimation of QuickSilver and the dock.
  8. Gregg2 macrumors 603

    May 22, 2008
    Milwaukee, WI
    Me! Never have used that method, not even once.

    #1 use of Mac is for internet. Safari opens when I boot up. Firefox is in the Dock.

    #2 use is spreadsheets. Excel opens when I find the file I want to open and double-click it. (Same with Word, which I use far less frequently.)

    Other things I use often are in the Dock also. But for some, I use the "old-fashioned" alias on the Desktop. And for a few, I have both.

    I don't recall ever opening any other applications.
  9. JRoDDz macrumors 68000


    Jul 2, 2009
    So basically, you have to hit a total of 4 or 5 buttons to open an app someone else can open with 2 mouse clicks? You're really saving time there! ;)
  10. r0k macrumors 68040


    Mar 3, 2008
    I use spotlight and the first few characters of the app I want to run. After a fresh OS install or upgrade, that method doesn't work until spotlight finishes indexing so I'm forced to poke around in the dock or applications folder. Bummer. I think this comes down to being more comfortable with graphical or keyboard oriented workflow. I'm more comfortable with the latter and launch terminal from time to time "for old time's sake."
  11. simsaladimbamba

    Nov 28, 2010
    I use Alfred, as I am more of a keyboard user.
    I rarely use the Dock, only in Lion, as it is faster than Mission Control, but in SL, Spaces and Exposé are faster.
  12. Psilocybin macrumors 6502a


    Jan 16, 2011
    Ontario, Canada
    Also an Alfred user here. Love it
  13. Small White Car macrumors G4

    Small White Car

    Aug 29, 2006
    Washington DC
    I use the dock because my hand is already on the mouse. Having to move my hands to the keyboard wastes time if that's where your hands are. The dock is faster than the keyboard for me.

    But for the 10% of the time I need something that's not on the dock then, yes, I use Spotlight as my backup method.
  14. redsteven macrumors 6502a


    Aug 22, 2006
    I love spotlight and use it all the time. But sometimes it has trouble and hangs on surprisingly simple searches that match exact application/document names.
  15. theman thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jul 26, 2007
    dock = waste of screen space

    besides, i can type a lot faster than i can move my mouse across the screen and click.
  16. Steve's Barber macrumors 6502a

    Jul 5, 2011
    That's why Apple lets you hide it when you don't need it. :D

    That's assuming your hands are on the keyboard.

    These "My way is better!" threads crack me up. :D
  17. sclawis300 macrumors 65816

    Apr 22, 2010
    pretty sure it is quicker to have the app auto start at startup. Turn computer on, mail opens, ical opens and some other stuff opens too.
  18. ratzzo macrumors 6502a


    Apr 20, 2011
    Meh, I prefer not to have all that many apps on my dock. So yeah, I do use cmd+space frequently, though it's become somewhat of an automatism already I don't even notice myself doing it anymore.
  19. dukebound85 macrumors P6


    Jul 17, 2005
    5045 feet above sea level
    Yea, I use QS. Spotlight kind of sucks in comparison
  20. wrldwzrd89 macrumors G5


    Jun 6, 2003
    Solon, OH
    I don't use Spotlight to launch stuff - in fact, I find myself all too often invoking Spotlight accidentally.
  21. Modernape macrumors regular

    Jun 21, 2010
    I have Firefox, Thunderbird, iCal, openoffice, and itunes all open on start-up, I've got enough RAM, and they're all in appropriate Spaces. Anything else is just 2 clicks away via the App folder on the dock.
  22. Clix Pix macrumors demi-goddess

    Clix Pix

    Oct 9, 2005
    8 miles from the Apple Store at Tysons (VA)
    The apps I use most frequently are in the dock and that is how I access/open them. Other apps that I don't use as often are easily accessed by taking a look at my apps folder. No big deal......
  23. mobilehaathi macrumors G3


    Aug 19, 2008
    The Anthropocene
    You guys are all missing the point. OP's way is obviously best, and s/he is super smart for figuring it out.
  24. Mrguidogenio macrumors regular


    Jun 4, 2011
    Alfred and some Launchpad when my hands are not in the keyboard.
    I only use the Dock as a switch between active apps.

    I also use some gestures, like 4 finger click launches Chrome and 4 finger click while holding Fn key opens a Finder window, and some shortcuts like Cmd + m = Open
  25. cubbie5150 macrumors 6502a


    Mar 4, 2007
    Alfred here too, though I have my most commonly used apps in the dock as well cuz it simply looks cool to me. yeah, I know.... Hahahaha

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