September 6, 2019

LaunchBar Instant Send

LaunchBar is a useful tool to make users more productive. Here are some sample tasks using Instant Send to demonstrate some of the capabilities of LaunchBar.

LaunchBar description of Instant Send:

The most efficient way to send files or text selections to LaunchBar, and then hand them over to applications, folders, email contacts, search templates, services and more.

Instant Send Task: Combine List Items
  • Select a text.
  • Enable Instant Send -> Hold down the Command Space for a couple of seconds
  • Press the Tab key
  • Search for an Action: Join Lines with Comma and then click return
  • Type in Command C to Copy the converted text or type in Shift Return to immediately paste the results in the current active window.

Now you can Command V the converted text to any document.

Instant Send Task: Sort List Items

How many times have you need to sort a list of items? It's super easy with LaunchBar:

  • Select a list of text.
  • Enable Instant Send -> Hold down the Command Space for a couple of seconds
  • Press the Tab key
  • Search for an Action: Sort Lines Ascending and then click return
  • Type in Command C to Copy the sorted text

Easy Way to remember is just type in "Sort" after you Tab...

Instant Send Task: Convert Selected Markdown text to HTM

For this to work, you need to first install Brett Terpstra's Markdown Service Tool.

  • Select a text.
  • Enable Instant Send -> Hold down the Command Space for a couple of seconds
  • Type in "md -" to search for the "md - Convert - MultiMarkdown to HTML" services.
  • Click the Return key
  • Type in Command C to Copy the converted text or type in Shift Return to immediately paste the results in the current active window.

Once you do this a couple of times, the "md - Convert - MultiMarkdown to HTML" will be one of the options you'll immediately see when you tab, so it will be even quicker.

Info Browsing

You can get information on any file using the Info Browsing feature.

Simple Task: Find the image demensions of an image

  • Drag/Drop an image to the LaunchBar icon in the Dock
  • Click on the right-arrow key

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