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Quicksilver: Append to a text file from _anywhere_

Appending to a txt file in QS

Quicksilver makes it easy to add new lines to a txt file without even opening an application. Here’s an example of how you might add “coffee” to your “groceries.txt” list.

  1. Invoke QS (usu. “CMD-space”)
  2. Hit “.” to start typing in the variable input field
  3. Type “coffee”
  4. Tab to the next pane
  5. Type “APP” (or whatever it takes to pull up “Append Text To…”)
  6. Tab to the next pane
  7. Type “GROC” or surf to your running “groceries.txt” file
  8. Hit enter
  9. You’re done
  10. Optionally, note that after you’ve appended this, the window autopops with the destination file (“groceries.txt”) ready to open for inspection.
  • Hint: You can add carriage returns in the input field by typing option-return.
  • Hint: To place your new text at the beginning of a txt document, rather than the end, type “PREP” (or whatever it takes to pull up “Prepend Text To…”) in step 5 above.

(N.B.: Watch this space for an upcoming series of Quicksilver features—from setup through power user tricks)

Update (9/12): New Quicksilver release brings “Interface and stability enhancements.” Also, Append/Prepend is now available in “Beta” mode. Yay.

nick's picture

I need to revisit this...

I need to revisit this post with a sort-of head scratcher: since B29 came out, I've been trying this demo you posted. couldn't get it to work.
invoke QS "." [type something here] tab and "app" tab and [filename to append to] enter BEEP! nothing happens to the text file

i'd been creating my todo file in textedit. the .rtf didn't take it, so I renamed to .txt still no dice. so based on your screen shot, and your most recent post (mentioned your todos open in bbedit), i opened the text file in SubEthaEdit (my favorite code editor) and saced it from w/in SubEthaEdit.
tried your process again and it works now!

so not sure why that happens the way it does, but for all those out there possibly trying it in textedit as I had, there's your fix.




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