Keyboard shortcuts

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Most of the information here comes from Howard Melman's Quicksilver User's Guide and Quick Reference.

Here are some key characters with their meanings attached:

⇧shift ⌃control ⌥option ⌘command ↵enter ⇥tab ⌫delete ⎋escape ⇲end ⇱home ⇟page down ⇞page up ←left arrow →right ↓down ↑up βbeta ßeszett!

From OS X[edit]

Key combination What it does
⌃space Invoke Quicksilver (default)
⌘⎋ Invoke Quicksilver with Finder or frontmost app selection

Within Quicksilver[edit]

Key combination What it does
↵ or ⌃O Execute current Command
⌃↵ Collapse current Command into first pane as a single item
Move focus to next pane
⌘⇧letter Execute Command for Action associated with ⇧letter
Clear entered keystrokes in current pane
Clear selection in current pane if no entered keystrokes
⌘↵ Run the alternate for the current action
⌘⌃D (twice?) Set as default item for current search (Broken in 10.7?)
⌘K Show task viewer
⌘L Show Clipboard History (requires Clipboard Plugin)
⌘⌃Q Restart Quicksilver
⌘R Rescan catalog
⌘⌥S Show Shelf (requires Shelf Plugin)
⌘T Open Fonts (flaky*)
⇟ or ⌃V Next page in list
⇞ or ⌥V (broken?) Previous page in list
↓ or ⌃N or ⌃J Next item in list
↑ or ⌃P or ⌃K Previous item in list
End of list
Start of list
⌘, Preferences
⌘? Guide
⌘' or ⌘⌃: Triggers
⌘; Catalog
⌘" or ⌘⇧' Plug-ins
⎋ or F5 Dismiss list if visible
⎋ or F5 Dismiss Quicksilver if no list visible

Within the first pane[edit]

Key combination What it does
⎋ or F5 Reset search to top level of Catalog if list visible
hold letter Execute default Command for Object associated with letter
~ or ` or ⌘⌥N Home folder
⌘A Select all in list
⌘G Grab Finder or frontmost app selection
⌘⌥G Grab 'n Drop
⌘[ Go back to the previously selected object (browse history back)
⌘] Go forward to next selected object (browse history forward)
→ or / or ⌃L Move down into folder/item
← or ⇧/ or ⌃H Move up out of folder/item
⌥→ or ⌥/ Show hidden files
, Collect items Comma Trick
⌥, Uncollect items Comma Trick
. Enter text mode
= Calculate mathematical expression (requires Calculator Plugin)

Within the second pane[edit]

Key combination What it does
hold letter Execute Command using Action associated with letter

Spacebar behavior[edit]

Determine this in Preferences>Preferences>Command. The table describes the effect of each option.

Option What it does
Normal Returns items with space(s) in the name.
Select Next Result Next item in list
Jump to Argument Field Moves the focus to pane 3 and subsequently selects the next Action that requires pane 3
Switch to Text Mode Also adds a space to the typed text (pane 1 only)
Show Item's Contents Drill down into Object (pane 1 only)

Emacs-style keybindings in text entry mode[edit]

Key combination What it does
⌃A Start of line
⌃E End of line
⌃B Back one character
⌃F Forward one character
⌃D Forward delete
⌃H Delete
⌃K Forward delete line
⌃N Down one line
⌃O Line break / Carriage return (?)
⌃P Up one line
⌃V Last character
⌃Y Paste forward deleted line (?)

Standard OS X shortcuts work in Quicksilver, too: ⌘H Hide, ⌘W Close, ⌘Q Quit, ⌘X Cut, ⌘C Copy, ⌘V Paste, ⌘B Bold, ⌘U Underline, ⌘⌥T Show Char Palette

Some shortcuts, such as the main invocation hotkey, can be modified in Preferences, and others can be added with Triggers.

Note that system-wide shortcuts (such as ⌘⎋ to enter Front Row) might supersede application shortcuts—you may have to disable these in System Preferences to expose the Quicksilver key combination.

(*Appearance of the Fonts pane depends on Preferences being last activated in the current Space (10.6).)