LaunchBar

Podcasts

Listen to Episode 7 of Mac Power Users to get a great, one hour in-depth review about LaunchBar 5.

Videos

Macworld Video

Be more productive
with LaunchBar
Dan Frakes, 2012

Macworld Video

Mac Gem: LaunchBar
Jason Snell, 2007

Switcher’s FAQs

We’ve noticed an ever increasing number of former Quicksilver users who switched over to LaunchBar, so we’d like to provide an overview of some of the differences and to answer the most frequently asked questions in this regard.

Often people don’t realize that pretty much everything you can do with Quicksilver can also be accomplished with LaunchBar, quite often much faster and more reliably, requiring fewer keystrokes.

Applications

  • Can I get a list of running applications?

    Yes. Press either Command-Space/Space or Command-R. To learn more about LaunchBar’s app-switcher, see the LaunchBar Help chapter “Application Switching”.

  • Can I access an application’s recent documents via LaunchBar?

    Yes. Select the application in LaunchBar and press the right arrow key (or hit the Space bar).

  • Can I quit applications via LaunchBar?

    Yes. If you are currently browsing the list of running applications (via Command-Space/Space or Command-R), just press Command-Q to quit the selected application.

    Alternatively, if you’ve selected an application by typing an abbreviation, press Tab and select the “Quit Application” action.

    And finally, to quit all currently running applications at once you can use LaunchBar’s “Quit All Applications” action.

  • Can I force quit an application via LaunchBar?

    Yes. Open the list of running applications (Command-Space/Space or Command-R) and press Command-Option-F to force quit the selected application.

    Alternatively, if you’ve selected an application by typing an abbreviation, press Tab and select the “Force Quit Application” action.

Files and Folders

URLs, bookmarks and web searches

  • Can I open URLs in other web browsers than the default browser?

    Yes. Press Tab to trigger “Send to”, then select the desired web browser and hit Return.

  • Can I perform web searches with LaunchBar?

    Yes, of course. LaunchBar has a customizable set of search templates. Select such a template (e.g. type GOO to select the Google search template, or type WIK to select the Wikipedia template), then press the Space bar and enter your search term.

  • What’s the fastest way to perform web searches with LaunchBar?

    Select a search template and press Space, or even better, open the search template via Instant Open. For example, assuming you are using the abbreviation “G” to select the Google search template, just press and hold the “G” key.

    If you want to perform a web search using a text that’s already selected in another application, you can pass that text to LaunchBar via Instant Send, and then press and hold “G” to perform the search instantly.

    Note: Although it’s possible to enter the search term first via “Enter Text” and then press Tab to pass it to a search template, this technique is not recommended since it requires more keystrokes.

  • Can I enter arbitrary URLs in LaunchBar?

    Yes. You can either press Command-L, or even simpler, type a dot character. See the LaunchBar Help chapter “Entering URLs” for details.

Text

Address Books

Customization

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