How to use "space" and NOT invoke Quick Look

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Frankns
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How to use "space" and NOT invoke Quick Look

Post by Frankns » Wed Dec 31, 2008 9:17 pm

I must be missing something obvious...

I'd like to search for the file "Frank List"

But as soon as I type "Frank<space>" LB opens the file "Frank" in Quick Look.

Must be an easy way around this ...

TIA

lrivers
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Re: How to use "space" and NOT invoke Quick Look

Post by lrivers » Wed Dec 31, 2008 10:40 pm

Frankns wrote:I must be missing something obvious...

I'd like to search for the file "Frank List"

But as soon as I type "Frank<space>" LB opens the file "Frank" in Quick Look.

Must be an easy way around this ...

TIA


I'm very interested in this as well

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Post by Dennis » Thu Jan 01, 2009 7:42 am

It's important to understand that LaunchBar is designed to search by abbreviation, not by conventional phrases or keywords. So spaces are unnecessary. As you discovered, the space key is reserved for other purposes: Quick Look if the item is a file or sub-searches for collections of items (e.g. folders, categories, playlists, etc.).

So rather than typing "Frank List" as you might do in Spotlight, you can leave out the space and just type "franklist." Better yet, try a shorter abbreviation once you've found the item. LaunchBar is amazingly smart about guessing what you mean. Try some of these, for example:

"flist"
"frankl"
"frlst"
"frklt"
"frl"
"fl"
or even just "f" with some training.

As you use LaunchBar, it remembers what abbreviations you use and adapts. So if you first find the file by typing "franklist" and later type in "frl", LaunchBar will likely know what you mean and still find the item.

I wrote more one this topic in another post:

http://forums.obdev.at/viewtopic.php?p=7226&highlight=#7226

I also strongly recommend reading the section called Abbreviation Search in LaunchBar Help. It's key to getting the most out of this app.

-Dennis

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Post by Frankns » Sat Jan 03, 2009 1:11 am

Dennis wrote:It's important to understand that LaunchBar is designed to search by abbreviation, not by conventional phrases or keywords. So spaces are unnecessary.
-Dennis


Thanks Dennis ... must have been a brain block. The literalist in me wanted that <space>!

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