How do you launch applications?

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How do you usually launch applications?

  1. Manually (going through Applications folder)

    18 vote(s)
    18.4%
  2. Spotlight

    45 vote(s)
    45.9%
  3. Quicksilver

    19 vote(s)
    19.4%
  4. Other application launcher (post comment)

    4 vote(s)
    4.1%
  5. Other (post comment)

    12 vote(s)
    12.2%
  1. LTX macrumors regular

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    #1
    Whenever I see various Mac tutorials, tips, or suggestions, I usually see people launch applications by going to the folder (e.g. Applications --> Utilities --> Terminal). I've always been perplexed by this, because I have always launched my applications using Spotlight, and find that I can launch applications much more quickly this way (less than a second).

    My question is: how do you usually launch applications?

    Edit: and I see that I've forgotten to include Dock. I suppose that can go under Other.
     
  2. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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  3. celticpride678

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    #3
    I launch almost everything in Spotlight. Unless, I have it in my dock. I only have like 5 icons in my dock, though.
     
  4. rwilliams macrumors 68040

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    #4
    I keep my most used apps in the Dock, and for the rest, I use Quicksilver. Which reminds me that I should get rid of my Applications folder in Stacks.
     
  5. KingYaba macrumors 68040

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  6. tiguk macrumors 6502

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  7. mwxiao macrumors regular

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    #7
    Am I the only one that actually goes to the application folder and click the app?

    I can't always remember the names of applications, especially the ones that I don't use a lot. I only recognize them by their icons.

    For those frequently used applications, I put them on dock.

    No need for QS or spotlight.
     
  8. angelwatt Moderator emeritus

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    I use to have some open through voice activation. Mostly I use Spotlight or my Dock if it's there.
     
  9. Cinder6 macrumors 6502

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    Before I discovered the joy that is Quicksilver, I used Spotlight. Even though I have my most-used applications in the dock, I still use Quicksilver for them, as it's faster.
     
  10. matthewscott661 macrumors 6502

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    #10
    I have my applications folder organized into folders like office, tools, games, etc. and I have it as a stack in my dock.
     
  11. messedkid macrumors 6502

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    When I got my first mac, I used the old fashioned clicking through the application folder.
    I then started using Quicksilver.
    When snow leopard came out I started using Spotlight and haven't switched.

    <3 Spotlight
     
  12. iamkewl macrumors member

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    #12
    5 top apps are in my dock (Safari, Adium, iTunes, Tweetie, Photoshop)

    The rest I launch with spotlight.
     
  13. paulbeattie87 macrumors regular

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    #13
    For me Spotlight is way to slow, more-so when it gets a bigger index. QuickSilver is my choice, it's just so fast, often quicker than checking if the app is in my dock!
     
  14. Mitthrawnuruodo Moderator emeritus

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    Launchbar

    Was part of some bundle I got (Macheist II, maybe?), and I tried it out when I got bored with Quicksilver crashing at irregular intervals. Seemed better so I ditched Quicksilver permanently for it...
     
  15. 5DollaFootlong macrumors 6502

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  16. kasakka macrumors 68000

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    #16
    Primarily from the Dock, second choice is spotlight and third the Applications folder as a stack.
     
  17. Clix Pix macrumors demi-goddess

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    From the dock; I keep my most-used applications there.
     
  18. satcomer macrumors 603

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    #18
    Just dragged my Applications folder to the Dock and launch applications like OS 9, just from the bottom than the top. With SetStack Icon it looks like the Applications folder.
     
  19. Molnies macrumors member

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    #19
    wow I'm actually surprised that so far it's twice as common to use Spotlight than it is to use Quicksilver. I use QS myself, works wonderful and it's so much more than just a launcher.
     
  20. mslide macrumors 6502a

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    Dock. If it's not there, then it's a tie between using spotlight and using the Applications folder via Finder.
     
  21. KingYaba macrumors 68040

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    #21
    One could use speech commands. "Open Mail." etc...
     
  22. testcard macrumors 68030

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  23. killerrobot macrumors 68020

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    #23
    Dock first, then application folder (shift, command a).
     
  24. pjmburg macrumors newbie

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    #25
    Dock for most of the applications I use regularly, and Spotlight for the rest. I do have a Applications stack, but it doesn't really see that much use.
     

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