Web Developer & Photographer

In Leopard, the new way of using dock folders is Stacks or Grid view. I must admit, they are most appealing to the eye, but not efficient as far as using them goes. In Mac OS X Tiger, you had the ability to browse through a folder in the dock, just by right-clicking on it. Sure, there are many developers out there who have already made applications that recreate the Tiger-style dock folders in Leopard, but why bother downloading it when you have Quicksilver? A lot of people may have misunderstood all of what Quicksilver is capable of. I use it daily as part of my workflow. I’ll share a neat trick to enable those “Tiger-style” folders with Quicksilver.

  1. If you don’t already own Quicksilver, download it here.
  2. Open it up by pressing the default hotkey, Control and Spacebar.
  3. Once it’s open, hold down ⌘ (Command) and the “,” keys to access Quicksilver’s preferences.
  4. Click on the “Triggers” section.
  5. On the bottom left corner of the Triggers window, click on the “+” symbol and select “HotKey”.
  6. In the drop-down window, type in “app” until the Applications folder icon appears.
  7. When it does, hit the “Tab” key.
  8. Type “con” until “Show Contents Menu” action appears.
  9. Click on the “Save” button to save the trigger.
  10. Now the final step is to add a keystroke to enable it.
  11. Click on the “i” icon on the bottom right-hand corner of the Triggers window.
  12. Click on the “Hot Key” field and hold down the keys you want to be the trigger.
  13. Click on the “i” icon to close the slide-out drawer.
  14. Now you’ve got drop-down “Tiger-style” windows anywhere!

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