Spotlight Custom Shortcodes?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by martesrd, Feb 20, 2015.

  1. martesrd macrumors newbie

    Jan 29, 2015
    I am wondering if it is possible to define custom shortcodes for Sportlight? Well, I am sure in the basic settings it is not possible but maybe a small program or script which makes it possible or adding some .plist file?

    I mean with shortcodes that by typing in spotlight "os" and hit enter it instantly opens safari without I have to wait that spotlight "finds" safari and then I can hit enter. sometimes I type something, it already shows the app i am looking for, but obviously it was the result for the first letters I typed and by the time I hit enter, he already searched for all the text I entered and it opens a different app.
    By having these shortcodes I could define in a List "txt" => "open TextEdit", "txtw" => "open TextWrangler" and so on. It would be faster and those mistakes as decribed above would not happen.

    Do you know what I mean and does someone have an idea how to find a solution for that?
    That would be great!
    Thank you very much.

    PS: I use OS X Yosemite
  2. martesrd thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 29, 2015
    I already found one way, although it is not spotlight, but quite similiar:
    Using the terminal. I just add in .bash_profile aliases to the apps or files I want with the command "open" in front...
    that works, but nicer of course would be something right inside Spotlight...
  3. satcomer macrumors 603


    Feb 19, 2008
    The Finger Lakes Region
    To make shortcuts on Mac us simple. Just open System Preferences-Keyboard, Keyboard Shortcuts. Then click on the + button.

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