I’ve been using Google’s Quick Search Box on my macbook for a couple of months now and thought I’d give it a quick review and recommendation.
You can start the search box like any other mac application, but since it runs in your menu bar you can press the Command key twice to call it up (quick and easy).
Once it’s up, you are presented with a box that allows you to search for just about anything including: web searches, documents on your computer and most importantly (for me) applications to launch.
I’ve used QSB to search to find a few items on my mac, but for me, the real power is the ability to quickly launch any application. In the screen shot below, I’ve started the search box and then typed the letter “F”. QSB auto-completes “Firefox” for me. All I need to do is press “Return” and Firefox instantly launches. There’s no need for me to even finish typing the word “Firefox” out.
I still keep many of my most used applications in the dock, but since using QSB, I’ve been using the dock less and less. It’s just faster than scrolling to the bottom of the screen and much faster than clicking through to the Applications folder.
This is just scratching the surface but I’ve had such great results with it just as an application launcher that I thought I’d give it a shout out here.
Anyway, you can download Google Quick Search Box here and try it for yourself.