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Mac Application Information: Quicksilver (QS) Command Window - Part 4

written by: coreymol•edited by: Michael Dougherty•updated: 10/3/2008

Here's how to make your Quicksilver command window all yours.

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    Making the command window yours

    /Users/corey/Desktop/Picture 9 We will now give your Quicksilver (QS) command window a little of your own flavor, which is one of the reasons you are probably on a Mac to start with right? Using a computer the way you want to. This section will concentrate on the visual aspect of the command window. You can customize the colors and even the type of command window you have.

    Invoke QS, if you are not sure how to do this refer to Part 1. Then pull up the preferences, by pressing command + comma.

    Go to Preferences on the top and Appearance on the left. I have Superfluous visual effects, Load icons for all results, and Load previews all selected. In the next section there is a drop down menu for command interface. The default is called primer. If you installed all the plug-ins you should of installed the bezel interface as well, if you did not go to plug-ins and do this now.

    Your drop down menu should now look something like this:

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    There are also some third-party interfaces you can download form various sources, and some of them are pretty cool. There is one you can find that smokes. The problem with some of these is that they take up resources and can slow things down.

    Now the default color for all of these is the grey brushed metal look I have changed mine to a green. You can even change the menu high light colors and the high light bar when scrolling through the menus. We will go over all of those.

    The first window option is the primer which comes as the default.

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    Primer has the search field above and the action field below.

    Cube is the next one we will look at. The search field is in the first cube and pressing tab to get into the action field rotates the cube, much like the cube transition in Keynote.

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    The cube command window also has some extra settings to change some of its color features. /Users/corey/Desktop/Picture 3 

    Flashlight puts a Spotlight-looking bar in your upper right hand corner of your screen.

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    Menu puts a full length bar across your current menu bar that is only visible when QS is invoked. /Users/corey/Desktop/Picture 8 

    Mini is a very small version of Primer./Users/corey/Desktop/Picture 9 

    My favorite is Bezel. I made my background green and the search fields a brighter green to show the offset. /Users/corey/Desktop/Picture 10 

    To change the colors of the background or the submenu folders just select the area you want to change and adjust the colors to where you want them. You can also give the bezels a shadow. From here you can also adjust the colors of the headers and the color of the list background and the color of the highlight bar.

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    So that's how you install and customize Quicksilver.