I know that a big part of the power of Quicksilver is that while looking for something, the letters you type don't need to be consecutive in the target. However, sometimes I know a set of consecutive letters in my target, and Quicksilver can't find what I want because it doesn't know that. At least, the target I want must be somewhere in the results, but it is WAAAY too much hassle to look through the results.Is there a way to tell Quicksilver that for the current search, the letters typed should be consecutive? (I don't want to do this for every invocation.)
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On Jan 17, 2023, at 9:34 PM, Stuart Docherty <stubo...@gmail.com> wrote:
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I use both "Filter Catalog" and "Snap to Best" search modes, and in fact I find Quicksilver fabulously clever in automatically choosing the mode I want, in ways that I don't fully understand. However, those modes only change the way that the results are presented, not which items are matched or their ranking.
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It’s possible to write different plug-ins to customize the way strings are matched, but that’s pretty heavy handed and unlikely to happen. Personally, I prefer the TextStart Ranker plug-in which places more weight on letters at the beginning of words and capital letters. It might be worth a look. (If you install it, be sure to enable it under Preferences → Handlers.)
Either way though, Quicksilver learns what you’re after very fast. What I do in a situation where my search has too many results is just type more characters to narrow it down (even if it’s more than I would normally be willing to type), then run whatever action on the thing I was looking for.
Simply “using” the located item in this way once or twice causes it to be ranked higher in the results in the future. So there’s a good chance that the next time you type whatever small number of characters come natural to you, that item will be higher if not the top result.
If you would like to short-circuit this learning process, there’s also the Assign Abbreviation… action.