How I think Quicksilver Should Utilize “Recent Items”

So I have a trigger for Quicksilver that is Cmd+shift+Space which brings up a list of my most recent objects and items. This is pretty cool and helpful – set it up in the catalog if you don’t have it already.

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That’s great because most of the time you will use the same files and folders several times when working on something. But often times I want to compile, collect, and aggregate stuff – and I think this is where Quicksilver has a downside that could really be improved.

This is what Quicksilver shows when I look in my downloads folder:

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What I would like to see is a way to select an item as normal in the first pane, choose the action in the second pane, and when a file is required, have the ability to see / choose the recent items as well as searching in the third pane. It might look something like this:

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Is that so hard?

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5 Responses to How I think Quicksilver Should Utilize “Recent Items”

  1. Pranjal says:

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  2. Rob McBroom says:

    It should be Option-Command-G. The commenting system must have eaten the characters.

  3. W says:

    The problem is that if you are trying to move something to a folder called html or public_html, and you have a lot of those folders on your system, it’s hard to quickly find the right one. Even if “move to” by default showed recent folders allowing you to arrow down through the 10 most recent, and typing reverted to searching, or something along those lines, it would be pretty helpful / amazing.

    I can’t seem to get your ??G trick to work. Can you elaborate on that? Do I need to have “pull selection from Finder” checked in preferences?

  4. Rob McBroom says:

    First, I would open an issue over at GitHub.

    A current (somewhat clunky) solution: If you have the file you want to move selected in Finder (maybe by using Reveal in QS), you can select the destination folder in Quicksilver (via Recent Items), then hit ??G. That should change things around so you see [File from Finder] ? Move to

  5. hmelman says:

    If the recent items are in the global catalog, then you can just type their name (e.g, dropbox) and they’ll appear in the third pane without having to bring up the Recent Items (Catalog) in the first place. That just seems faster.

    Also if you’re moving more than one thing at a time, the comma trick is very useful.

    Since QS activates with the last item already selected, it would be nice if there was a Move From… action that took the destination folder first. Then if you’re moving several different things you could just activate and select the new item in the 3rd pane.

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