TextExpander is like this magical, delicious, calorie-free gravy that can be ladled liberally on almost any textual workflow. “Magical” because, unlike the stuff that tops turkey, TextExpander makes things even leaner than before. As a follow-up to my post on Spotlight search tricks, I wanted to tell you about a really simple TextExpander snippet that I’m using to fetch PDFs super fast.1
When I type
kpdf, it expands to:
It also puts the cursor right after
name:. No matter where I am on my Mac, I can
- Option-Space to open Spotlight
- Type part of the PDF’s name
It’s as if all of my PDF files are magically in a single folder. So fast.
If you find yourself doing the same kind of Spotlight searches over and over, I strongly recommend using TextExpander to take care of that recurring text for you.
- My work has me swimming in countless PDF files, and I have to track them down constantly. ↩